Plus an Exciting New Community Partnerships
Walmart growing and giving back to San Antonio community through partnership with San Antonio Scorpions and Morgan’s Wonderland
SAN ANTONIO, July 31, 2012 – Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. today announced plans for a new Walmart store at the northwest corner of Nacogdoches & Thousand Oaks, creating a new option for residents who want more affordable shopping options close to where they live or work. Walmart also announced a new partnership with the San Antonio Scorpions FC pro soccer team and Morgan’s Wonderland.
The 150,000 sq. ft. Walmart store will feature a full line of groceries as well as a bakery, a delicatessen, a frozen food section and meat, dairy and fresh produce sections. General merchandise areas include full-service pharmacy, apparel and accessories, tire lube express, sporting goods, electronics, home, lawn and garden center, fine jewelry and health and beauty. Like most new Walmart stores, the Thousand Oaks Walmart will include energy-efficient technology and environmentally friendly features to reduce energy and water consumption and minimize waste. The Nacogdoches store is in a key location for economic development, promising to create 300 local jobs for San Antonians. The store is expected to open in Fall 2013.
“Across America and throughout the Alamo City, our customers are at the center of everything we do,” said Julie Martin, Walmart Regional General Manager. “We’re committed to delivering fresh, healthy food choices to San Antonians everyday. As we open new stores in the city, we will continue to be an advocate for our customers by finding solutions that save them money on their groceries and other products their families need.”
“The announcement of the Thousand Oaks Walmart is welcome news for District 10. This development is replacing a blighted area with new economic life,” said Carlton Soules, San Antonio District 10 Councilman. “As a member of this community, I am excited for the new opportunities Walmart will provide as it will serve as the anchor for future economic growth in this neighborhood.”
In addition to the announcement of the new store, Walmart announced its continued commitment to San Antonio community and a new partnership with the San Antonio Scorpions and Morgan’s Wonderland, the first theme park of its kind in the world and completely wheelchair-accessible.
“The Morgan’s Wonderland family is delighted to have a new, community-minded neighbor in Walmart,” said Gordon Hartman, CEO of The Gordon Hartman Family Foundation, which spearheaded the creation of Morgan’s Wonderland, the STAR (South Texas Area Regional) Soccer Complex, the San Antonio Scorpions pro soccer team and Monarch Academy school for students with special needs. “We’re truly grateful to Walmart for its generosity and interest in helping those with special needs, and we look forward to exploring other opportunities where we can work together to benefit our community.”
Hartman noted that all net profits from the Scorpions will go to Morgan’s Wonderland to expand programs and services for the special-needs community. The Scorpions constitute the first team in pro sports history to be organized for the expressed-purpose of helping a non-profit cause. Soccer for a Cause, the community-wide effort that led to establishment of the Scorpions franchise, relied on fan input for the team name, mascot and uniform design.
As part of the new Walmart partnership with the Scorpions, players will make guest appearances at several Walmart stores throughout San Antonio beginning August 8. Scorpions fans will have the chance to meet them, get autographs, take photographs and purchase tickets to upcoming Scorpions games. Stay tuned to www.sanantonioscorpions.com for details.