Idahos first Walmart Neighborhood Market is slated to open Oct. 1 in Boise.
Spokeswoman Rachel Wall said the smaller store is already stocking its shelves and has hired about 65 people for a variety of jobs, including management, sales and maintenance.
In addition to providing jobs, Wall said, the market will hopefully bring more traffic to the other businesses in the Cole Village shopping center where the store is located, at Cole and Ustick roads.
Unlike the sprawling Walmart Supercenters that already inhabit Boise, the Neighborhood Market will carry mostly groceries and pharmaceutical products. There will be limited general merchandise as well, like notebooks and greeting cards, Wall said.
Wall said the store hopes to attract Boiseans who live near the new location. But those who already shop at the merchandise giant will benefit, too, she said.
We have Walmart customers who live in that area who have already been shopping at our other stores, she said. (The) smaller-sized store gives them the opportunity to access our prices and our selection more conveniently.
Another perk the Neighborhood Market will offer is site-to-store marketing, Wall said. Consumers can order items on Walmarts website and have them shipped free to the Neighborhood Market for pickup even big items like a bicycle or a TV.
The customers have the option to pay for the goods with cash at the store, ensuring that even those who dont like purchasing online or do not have a bank account can still shop.
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