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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Pasco Wal-Mart Supercenter Opens Monday; Grand Opening Celebration on Wednesday, Jan. 25 Store’s impact seen in 324 new jobs and $35,000 in charitable donations PASCO, Wash., Jan. 18, 2006 – Creating 324 new jobs and focusing on charitable support and every day low prices, the Wal-Mart Supercenter in Pasco will open to the public on Monday, Jan. 23, at 7 a.m., and celebrate its grand opening at 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 25. The store is located at 4820 N. Road 68. Store features According to Store Manager Buckley Bintorio, the new 205,000-square-foot Wal-Mart Supercenter features 36 general merchandise departments including apparel and accessories, fine jewelry, a lawn and garden center, health and beauty aids, and a full line of electronics. In addition, the store offers a bakery, a delicatessen, a frozen food section and meat, dairy and fresh produce sections. It will be open to customers 24 hours a day, seven days a week and will include 10 full-service, 12 express and 10 self check-out lanes. Other store features include: a Tire & Lube Express, a Subway restaurant, a family fun center, a portrait studio, a one-hour photo lab, a vision center, a pharmacy with two drive-up lanes, a Smart Style hair salon and a Regal nail salon. In addition, the store will have a Wal-Mart Connect Center for wireless phone sales. Grand opening activities – Wednesday, Jan. 25 McLoughlin Middle School students will perform the national anthem and a local Boy Scout troop will present the colors. Members of the Pasco Chamber of Commerce along with the Pasco mayor and Store Manager Bintorio will cut the ribbon to the new store. Other activities planned during the grand opening event include numerous product samples, character appearances and give-aways. Employment The store will employ approximately 324 associates, most of which will be full-time. More than 800 people applied for jobs at the new store, according to Bintorio. The average wage at Wal-Mart for full-time hourly associates in Washington is $10.61 per hour.* “There are so many opportunities for our Wal-Mart associates,” said Bintorio. “It always makes me smile to see the number of applicants who want to wear our Wal-Mart vest and realize the career path they could achieve.” Charitable giving Upon its opening, the store will announce $35,000 in donations through Wal-Mart’s Good Works community involvement program to a number of organizations. The store will also have a budget to give donations away locally throughout the year. Organizations interested in receiving funding can contact the store for details. Groups receiving donations upon the store’s opening include: • American Legion • Blue Mountain Boy Scout Council • City of Pasco Fire Department • Boys & Girls Clubs of Benton and Franklin Co. • City of Pasco Police Department • City of Pasco Public Library - more - Wal-Mart Pasco grand opening – page 2 of 3 • City of Pasco Senior Center • Pasco High School • James McGee Elementary School • Pasco High School-Project Graduation • Livingston Middle School • Pasco School District • Longfellow Elementary School • Robinson Elementary School • Markham Elementary School • Sexual Assault Response Center • Maya Angelou Elementary School • Stevens Middle School • McLoughlin Middle School • United Way of Benton & Franklin Counties • Mid Columbia Coalition for Children • Whittier Elementary School • New Horizons High School • YMCA of the Greater Tri-Cities • Pasco Downtown Development Association In 2004, Wal-Mart Stores and SAM'S CLUB gave $1,742,542 to local causes and organizations in the communities they serve in the state of Washington. In addition, many charities and organizations received in-kind donations and additional funds raised through stores, CLUBS and distribution centers in the amount of $590,295, for a grand total of $2,332,837 contributed through Wal-Mart's presence across the state. Wal-Mart in Washington EDITOR’S NOTE: See www.walmartfacts.com for more information about Wal-Mart in Washington. As of December 2005, Wal-Mart employed 16,609 associates and owned and operated the following facilities in the state of Washington as of October 2005: • Supercenters: 16 • Discount Stores: 21 • SAM'S CLUBS: 3 • Distribution Centers: 2 In 2004, Wal-Mart collected on behalf of the state of Washington more than $166.1 million in sales taxes and paid more than $13.3 million in state and local taxes. About Wal-Mart Stores Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. operates Wal-Mart Stores, Supercenters, Neighborhood Markets and SAM'S CLUB locations in the United States. Internationally, the company operates in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, Japan, Mexico, Puerto Rico, South Korea and the United Kingdom. The company's securities are listed on the New York and Pacific stock exchanges under the symbol WMT. More information about Wal-Mart can be found by visiting www.walmartfacts.com. Online merchandise sales are available at www.walmart.com. EDITOR’S NOTES • Wal-Mart store employees are called associates. • Buckley Bintorio, store manager, can provide details about the grand opening, offer quotes for interviews and arrange for photo opportunities or preview tours. He can be contacted at 509-543-7934. • An invitation-only open house for VIPs, Wal-Mart associates and their families is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 20, from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. Preview tours will be provided. Checks will be presented to representatives of the community organizations this evening as well as at the grand opening ceremony on Wednesday, Jan. 25. Reporters and photographers are welcome. * Average wage taken yearly (December 2005). See www.walmartfacts.com for more details. - more - Wal-Mart Pasco grand opening – page 3 of 3 FACT SHEET Pasco Wal-Mart Supercenter Store fast facts • Location: 4820 N. Road 68, Pasco, Wash. • 205,000-square-foot Wal-Mart Supercenter • Store opening Monday, Jan. 23, at 7 a.m.; Grand opening event Wednesday, Jan. 25, at 7:30 a.m. • Store manager: Buckley Bintorio Store features • Full line of groceries, bakery goods, deli foods, frozen foods, meat and dairy products and fresh produce, apparel and accessories, fine jewelry, lawn and garden center, health and beauty aids, full line of electronics, Tire & Lube Express, vision center, Subway restaurant, portrait studio, one-hour photo lab, pharmacy with two drive-up lanes, Smart Style hair salon, Regal nail salon, family fun center and a Wal- Mart Connect Center. • Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week • 10 full-service, 12 express and 10 self check-out lanes Employment • 324 new jobs; 800 applicants • Majority of jobs are full-time • The average wage at Wal-Mart for full-time hourly associates in Washington is $10.61 per hour.* • Approximately 76 percent of Wal-Mart store managers started as hourly associates. * Average wage taken December 2005. See www.walmartfacts.com for details. Charitable giving $35,000 in charitable contributions to 25 area organizations • American Legion • Mid Columbia Coalition for Children • City of Pasco Fire Department • New Horizons High School • Livingston Middle School • Pasco Downtown Development Association • Blue Mountain Boy Scout Council • Pasco High School • Boys & Girls Clubs of Benton and Franklin Co. • Pasco High School-Project Graduation • City of Pasco Police Department • Pasco School District • City of Pasco Public Library • Robinson Elementary School • City of Pasco Senior Center • Sexual Assault Response Center • James McGee Elementary School • Stevens Middle School • Longfellow Elementary School • United Way of Benton & Franklin Counties • Markham Elementary School • Whittier Elementary School • Maya Angelou Elementary School • YMCA of the Greater Tri-Cities • McLoughlin Middle School -###-
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