The first Walmart Neighborhood Market in Nebraska will open its doors in Bellevue on March 1.
Store Manager Chris Anstine said the store at 2109 Towne Center Drive will open at 8 a.m. as part of a grand opening event at the grocery story and pharmacy.
A second Neighborhood Market at 132nd Street and West Maple Road in Omaha will also open that morning, but Anstine said the Bellevue location would open its doors first – making it the first in the state for the smaller concept store.
The company operates about 200 Neighborhood Markets across the country, and six are planned for the metro area, including one at 96th Street and Giles Road in La Vista. A proposed store at Midlands Place in Papillion fell apart in 2011 because of concerns about the population base.
Besides the Maple Road location, Omaha stores are also planned for 90th and Lake streets, 168th and Harrison streets and 50th and L streets. Plans also have been submitted for a seventh store at 360 N. Saddle Creek Road.
The stores average 38,000 square feet, and the Bellevue location comes in at 41,180 square feet, according to plans filed with the city. They average about 95 employees per location.
Anstine, most recently a shift manager at the Bellevue Supercenter at 10504 S. 15th St., is a Nebraska native who has lived in Bellevue for more than a decade. He said he’s been with Walmart for 15 years and worked for grocery stores for more than 30 years.
Walmart will hire about 100 total full-time and part-time associates for the Bellevue store, he said, striving to hire Sarpy County residents. Nationally, Walmart has promised beginning Memorial Day to offer a job to any honorable discharged veteran within a year of leaving active duty.
“We are doing as much hiring out of the Bellevue community as possible,” Anstine said.
Available positions include front-end cashiers, maintenance technicians, overnight stockers, pharmacy professionals and grocers.
Anyone interested can apply in-person at a hiring center on the second floor of the Manning’s Truck Brokerage Building at 11811 I St. in Omaha. Those seeking jobs can also call 402-333-0769 or apply at Bellevue Supercenter or online at walmart.com.
The Neighborhood Market will be similar to other Walmart and Sam’s Club stores, Anstine said, and will carry many of the same food and consumable products, including the Great Value store brand.
Some merchandise, he said, would be tailored to fit the needs of the local community, although he declined to provide examples.
“We are tremendously excited to be in the Bellevue community,” he said.
The store will offer a drive-up pharmacy window, similar to other local competitors such as Baker’s Supermarket, Target, Walgreens and CVS. Anstine said Walmart will also offer its Site to Store service, allowing customers to purchase any product online for pick-up at the Towne Center store.
Anstine said the new grocery store has a Facebook page – search for “Walmart Neighborhood Market Bellevue – Towne Center Dr” – and will have some grand opening events. The store won’t focus on sales, he said, because the company’s focus on offering the lowest possible price every day.