The upcoming new year will differ from 2017 in at least one way for Sumterites. They will be able to shop at a third Walmart by the end of January, and some may find themselves in a new job.
A new Walmart Neighborhood Market is on track to open at 343 Pinewood Road and is accepting applications to fill 125 jobs.
Those interested in a part- or full-time job - the store needs to fill everything from cashiers and stockers to the pharmacy, deli and gas station - can drop off applications at the company's temporary hiring center at 19 Pinewood Road, Suite No. 3.
"I am looking for talented individuals who are interested in building a great career with Walmart, beginning right here in Sumter," Store Manager Adam Bunker said in a news release.
The hiring center is open Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. Applications can also be submitted online at careers.walmart.com.
Most new associates will begin work in January to "help prepare the store for its grand opening."
This Neighborhood Market will differ than the one already open on Bultman Drive in its hours - the new location will be open from 6 a.m. to midnight daily, while the Bultman store is open 24/7. Fuel station hours for the new branch will be 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.
Both stores are the same in comparison to the company's iconic supercenters, the local Walmart media relations department said, in that they are a smaller footprint than the one-stop-shop locations and offer grocery, general merchandise and pharmacy needs based on more of a daily basis.
According to the company, the markets are usually about 60,000 square feet. Supercenters run at about 200,000 square feet.
In South Carolina, the average wage for regular, full-time hourly employees working at a Discount Store, Supercenter or Neighborhood Market is $13.57, according to the company.
Walmart offers a benefits program to eligible full- and part-time employees, including health care coverage with no lifetime maximum. Eligible associates can also have their 401(k) contributions matched up to 6 percent of their pay, get discounts on general merchandise, participate in an Associate Stock Purchase Program, receive company-paid life insurance and get a quarterly cash bonus on store performance.
Last year, Walmart promoted 4,700 associates in South Carolina to jobs with higher pay and more responsibility and converted 2,600 from part time to full time.
Walmart offers a position to any eligible U.S. veteran honorably discharged from active duty because of its Veterans Welcome Home Commitment that began on Memorial Day in 2013. Since then, more than 120,000 veterans nationwide have found employment with Walmart.
Interested veterans can find out more at www.walmartcareerswithamission.com.