4th Omaha Walmart Neighborhood Market holds ribbon-cutting ceremony

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Posted: Wednesday, July 17, 2013 12:00 am

About 150 people attended Omaha's fourth Walmart Neighborhood Market opening ceremony Wednesday morning at 50th and L Streets.

Representatives from the Omaha Chamber of Commerce, the Nebraska Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Omaha Fire Department attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony, along with Walmart employees from surrounding stores and customers interested in shopping at the new store.

Walmart awarded $7,000 in grants to community groups, including $2,500 each to the Omaha Fire Department and the Omaha Police Department's K-9 Unit, and $1,000 each to Ashland Park-Robbins Elementary School and the Intercultural Senior Center.

The store will employ about 95 people. It will host "retailtainment" activities through Saturday, including face painting, giveaways, coupons and booths of neighboring businesses, store manager Adam Eppert said.

"I'm excited to start doing what I do," Eppert said.

The store will cater to the South Omaha community by providing signage in English and Spanish and employing about 20 bilingual associates.

Maricela Ruiz and her 12-year-old daughter, Karla, and 6-year-old son, Sebastian, stopped by the store at about 7:45 a.m. to check out the produce selection and store prices.

Ruiz, who lives near 57th and Q Streets, was excited about Walmart's price matching. She had previously shopped at the Walmart Supercenter in at 72nd Street and Giles Road.

"This is much more convenient," Ruiz said.

The new store is approximately one-fourth the size of a Walmart Supercenter and offers produce and other grocery items along with a pharmacy and health and beauty department.

Walmart plans for seven Neighborhood Markets throughout the Omaha metro area.

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