Wal-Mart Supercenter expands service and selection Taylor

Residents of Taylor and the Downriver Area have increased shopping options now that the newly expanded Wal-Mart at 7555 Telegraph Road has opened. Grand opening ceremonies, including a ribbon cutting, took place at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 9.

The expanded store offers a full line of groceries featuring selections from local suppliers. The store showcases a selection of merchandise from Dearborn Sausage, Chuck and Dave’s Salsa and Steve’s Backroom Pita Breads.

“Today, families are looking for value without long driving distances,” said Store Manager Chris Coffman. “Offering residents everything they need in one location is one of the many benefits of Supercenter shopping.”

The new Supercenter offers customers around-the-clock convenience and low-price groceries including bakery goods, frozen foods, meat and dairy products, fresh produce and a variety of organic offerings. The store also has a full deli with a wide variety of fresh prepared foods including rotisserie chicken, sandwiches and salads. Customers can pick up decorated cakes and freshly made pastries and breads in the bakery. The bakery can personalize cakes for any occasion.

Other sections of the store feature apparel and accessories, sporting goods, lawn and garden, electronics, home décor, fine jewelry and health and beauty, a one-hour photo lab, a vision center, a pharmacy, a Tire and Lube Express and a Wal-Mart Connect Center for wireless phone sales. Leased areas include a Blimpie’s restaurant, a SmartStyle Family Hair Salon and a Flagstar Bank branch.

The new Supercenter has a Wal-Mart MoneyCenter to assist customers with convenient access to low-cost money services, including check cashing, money orders, bill payment and money transfers. Customers can also get a Wal-Mart Money Card, which is a prepaid re-loadable Visa card that provides many of the features and conveniences of a checking account and credit card without a credit check or the need for a bank account.

The store improvements were constructed using energy efficient technology. The freezer cases and non-sales areas of the store have LED lights and motion sensors that automatically shut off the lights when those areas are unoccupied or customers are not present. LED lighting throughout the store operates 70-percent more efficiently that traditional fluorescent lighting.

The expanded store plans to employ nearly 600 associates, including 210 new positions created by the expansion.

“Wal-Mart gives associates the opportunity to advance and build a career,” said Coffman who began his Wal-Mart career in 1988 at a store in Harrison, Arkansas. Coffman is among more than 76 percent of store managers who started as hourly associates.

Ten of the store associates have worked for Wal-Mart for more than 10 years. The average wage at Wal-Mart for regular full-time hourly associates in Michigan was approximately $10.88 per hour as of February 2008. (See www.walmartfacts.com for details.)

Coffman said the new Supercenter will continue to provide support for local causes, beginning with the donation of $18,000 in grants benefiting various organizations in the community. In ceremonies the afternoon of April 8, Coffman presented seven ceremonial checks totalling $21,000 to:

oAmerican Legion Post 200 in Taylor
oBoys and Girls Club of Southeastern Michigan.
oCity of Taylor.
oPenrickton Center for Blind Children in Taylor.
oRainbow Connection
oTaylor Public School Foundation for Educational Excellence.
oThe Rotary Foundation of Rotary International. The grant was accepted by members of the Rotary Club of Taylor.

“We are so proud to be part of this community and to show our continued support,” Coffman said. “We are thrilled to celebrate our opening by contributing to local organizations.”

During the grand-opening activities. Taylor City Council Chairman Douglas A. Geiss and Alan Anderson of the Southern Wayne County Regional Chamber, also located in Taylor, joined Coffman in cutting the ribbon and officially opening the store at 7:30 a.m. The Taylor Veterans of Foreign Wars present the colors. There were a number of product samples and giveaways.

About Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Every week, millions of customers visit Wal-Mart Stores, Supercenters, Neighborhood Markets and Sam’s Club locations across America or log on to its online store at www.walmart.com. The company and its foundation are committed to a philosophy of giving back locally.  Last year, Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT) gave more than $296 million to local communities in the United States. To learn more, visit www.walmartfacts.com, www.walmartstores.com, or www.walmartfoundation.org.

Wal-Mart in Michigan
As of March 2008, Wal-Mart employed 31,712 associates in Michigan and owned and operated the following facilities in the state:
•Supercenters: 65
•Discount Stores: 19
•Sam’s Clubs: 26
•Distribution Centers: 1

Taylor Wal-Mart Supercenter facts
•Location: 7555 Telegraph Road
•211,951-square-foot Wal-Mart Supercenter
•Store opening Wednesday, April 9, at 7:30 a.m. following a grand opening ceremony
•Store manager: Chris Coffman