Pinewood and McCrays Mill area residents now have a new place to buy their groceries and fuel up, and this new store also has an option not found at the company's other locations in Sumter County.
The new Walmart Neighborhood Market that opens …
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The first 100 customers to shop at the new Walmart Neighborhood Market will receive a free 20-ounce travel tumbler.
Where: 343 Pinewood Road
When: Doors open at 7:30 a.m.
Regular hours: 6 a.m. to midnight daily
Fuel station hours: 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily
Other grand opening festivities: Vendor tents, product samples, dignitaries attending, performances from the Sumter High School band, a flag raising with the school's ROTC
95 new jobs created
132 total employees
40,000 items available for Online Grocery Pickup
8 fuel pumps
12 check out registers
43,000 square feet of store
$13.57 average hourly wage made by a full-time employee in South Carolina
The new Walmart Neighborhood Market that opens today at 7:30 a.m. at 343 Pinewood Road marks the first of the now three Walmarts in Sumter that offers free Online Grocery Pickup.
"They just pull up, and after they've chosen what they want online, it's processed, and they're given a time bracket. They let us know when they're here, and we walk the products out to the car," Store Manager Adam Bunker said. "Of course, we'll show them, all their perishables in terms of produce. We'll show them their eggs and if they want anything specially showed to you. We load it into the vehicle, and you can be off and running."
Bunker, who has been with Walmart for 11 years after eight years of service with the U.S. Marine Corps, said the new layout of the store and the Online Grocery Pickup are aimed toward making shopping convenient and efficient for customers who often find themselves in a busier and faster-paced lifestyle.
"Grocery shopping, especially for busy families with kids, used to take a couple of hours on the weekend," he said. "Now, it's a matter of a few clicks and one of our associates bringing the order out to a customer's vehicle."
Other features throughout the store, which The Sumter Item toured on Tuesday, are brightly lit, open and fully stocked in new layouts and designs.
Bunker said the size of the new store is about the same as the Neighborhood Market currently open on Bultman Drive, but sections are located in different areas of the store to create an optimal shopping experience.
The seasonal section, currently bathed in pink and red for Valentine's Day, is in the front of the store in its own open section. The produce section is more open, with stalls farther apart from each other.
Sections are labeled with large signs, and meat, cheese and produce aisles are lower to the ground and shorter so shoppers can see more of where they may want to go next.
Special values, marked by orange signs, will accompany the standard rollback deals Walmart is known for during the first week.
The pharmacy and money services stations offer a new amenity called Mobile Express, where if you begin your order or refill online or on the Walmart app, you can simply pick up your product without having to stand in line.
Bunker said another difference found in this new store is there are only three manned check-out belts - the other eight are self-check out, totaling two additional registers than before.
He said Sumter High School or other students may like the Beverage Barn, where coffee, slushies and other drinks are sold to go.
While shoppers may still have to go to a Walmart Supercenter - many in that area of Sumter travel to the one in Manning - to find absolutely everything they need, the Neighborhood Market is a convenient, quicker place to go whenever you need.
"It's another way to help our customers show how, where and when they want, and we're adding approximately 95 new jobs on top of that," Bunker said. "This is what it means to be a store of the community."
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