Opportunity

A Hope-Filled Homecoming in New Orleans

By  Tice White, Director, Walmart Public Affairs June 23, 2014

Nine years ago, Hurricane Katrina struck the New Orleans East community, leaving a path of devastation in its wake. Our Walmart store was just one of the many buildings destroyed.

After the storm, we promised to reopen our doors in the area, and as of June 11, I’m proud to be able to say that we’ve followed through.

For many, Walmart is a staple of everyday routine: grabbing groceries, crossing items off a shopping list. But for New Orleanians, this new supercenter is a symbol of recovery and opportunity. It will bring much-needed retail to the particularly hard-hit New Orleans East and will act as a catalyst for growth in the area.

When we opened the hiring center for this Walmart, more than 3,600 applications were submitted. By investing in this new store, Walmart has brought more than 400 new jobs to the area, and 65% of the store’s associates are residents of New Orleans East.

Twenty-five of the associates employed at this new store worked in the East prior to Hurricane Katrina and are finally returning to work in their community, nearly a decade after their lives were changed forever.

New Orleans Walmart Grand Re-Opening

Looking at the crowd gathered to celebrate the reopening a few weeks ago, I was reminded of a simple fact about New Orleanians: Whatever comes their way, they get back up.

We have worked hard to rebuild this store for our customers, and we are proud to once again be a part of this strong, vibrant community.

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3 Comments

Pamela Harley ThompaonJUNE 24, 2014 11:26 AM

Walmart created 400 part time jobs with no benefits and little pay. I wonder what those new and 25 old associates have been doing for the last 10 years– unemployed, watching Montel Williams and starving?

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Justin ElliottJUNE 26, 2014 1:43 AM

This is offensive and degrading. Walmart associates can decide if a job is a good one by applying and accepting the offer. I love my benefits, which has greatly reduced my medicine cost from hundreds of dollars a month to $4 a month - and that is just one of the benefits of working for a global retailer.

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Sheree EllingsonJUNE 28, 2014 12:29 PM

I purchased a 40" TV from the Orange Park Walmart this week. I didn't open it up until Comcast was in my new place ready to install Comcast. I opened the box and the TV was missing. I called the supervisor Stanley to let him know what happened. He brought the TV to my apartment within 10 minutes of my getting off the phone. Talk about great customer service, that beats all!

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