Two new Walmart Neighborhood Markets are opening Wednesday following brief ribbon-cutting ceremonies at 7:30 a.m. The new Italy store is conveniently located at 721 Dale Evans Drive and is open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week. The new Richland Hills store is conveniently located at 6604 Boulevard 26 and is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The stores will provide Italy and Richland Hills residents with low prices on a broad assortment of merchandise including fresh produce and meats, frozen foods, groceries and pharmacy.

Customers can shop additional items including top toys, gifts, electronics and home decor on Walmart.com through Walmart pickup, which will offer free shipping to the new Walmart Neighborhood Markets. They can also use Walmart’s new Savings Catcher receipt comparison tool to feel more confident they are getting some of the best deals available in the Dallas area. Savings Catcher looks at other top retailers’ local ads and gives customers an eGift card for the difference if a competitor’s offering is lower than the price they paid at Walmart. Savings Catcher is available through the free Walmart mobile app.

“Our new store is a great addition to the community,” said Italy store manager Francisco Salas. “We look forward to providing a convenient shopping option for our residents.”

Fresh, Affordable Groceries

The new stores offer fresh produce and a full line of groceries from leading brand names, including organic selections. By working with growers Walmart is able to provide farm-grown quality produce at added convenience and low prices.

“We are excited for customers to discover the hassle-free shopping opportunities our store offers,” said Richland Hills store manager Shawn Duvall. “Our team has worked hard to prepare for opening day.”

The Right Size Store Offering More Convenience

The new Italy store is approximately 12,000 square feet and the Richland Hills store is approximately 41,000 square feet. Both stores offer a wide assortment to meet the needs of Italy and Richland Hills residents. In addition to groceries, the stores feature health and beauty aids, pet products and cleaning supplies. Shopping is more convenient than ever as Italy and Richland Hills residents can shop an assortment of 7 million items on Walmart.com, many of which can be shipped for free to the new Walmart Neighborhood Markets.

The pharmacy offers a full range of products and services and pharmacy team members are ready to assist customers with product and prescription questions. Italy and Richland Hills residents can easily transfer prescriptions and order refills on the go with the Walmart mobile app for iPhone and Android.

New Store, New Jobs for Dallas Area

The new Italy store employs approximately 30 full- and part-time associates. Italy store manager Francisco Salas began his Walmart career in 2001 unloading merchandise from trucks.

The new Richland Hills store employs up to 95 full- and part-time associates. Richland Hills store manager Shawn Duvall began his Walmart career in 2011 as an assistant manager.

“Walmart is outstanding, and we feel privileged that they have chosen to be part of our city,” said Italy Mayor James Hobbs. “This store is going to have a great economic impact on our city, and we are excited to work hand-in-hand with such an internationally known business.”

Giving Back to Italy

The grand-opening celebration includes presentations of grants from Walmart and the Walmart Foundation to local community groups.

In addition to the grants given as part of the grand opening, the new stores will further Walmart’s pledge to fight hunger in America. As part of Walmart’s and the Walmart Foundation’s $2 billion commitment to fight hunger through 2015, Walmart stores in Texas donated approximately 59 million pounds of food, in fiscal year 2014, or the equivalent of 49.2 million meals. Additionally, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation gave more than $110.8 million in fiscal year 2014 in Texas alone. For more information on Walmart’s fight against hunger, visit http://foundation.walmart.com/our-focus/hunger.

A Big Family Welcome

Walmart is happy to be part of the Italy and Richland Hills communities and is ready to celebrate with residents on Saturday, Jan. 10. A Big Family Welcome will give customers a chance to meet the store managers, and enjoy fun family activities such as face painting, cupcake decorating and free food samples while supplies last. Join the celebrations from noon to 3 p.m.

About Walmart

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save money and live better – anytime and anywhere -- in retail stores, online, and through their mobile devices. Each week, more than 250 million customers and members visit our 11,202 stores under 71 banners in 27 countries and e-commerce websites in 11 countries. With fiscal year 2014 sales of over $473 billion, Walmart employs more than 2 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting http://corporate.walmart.com on Facebook at http://facebook.com/walmart and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/walmart. Online merchandise sales are available at http://www.walmart.com and http://www.samsclub.com.