Walmart Supercenter has been serving Marion and Grant County for decades. In that time there have been several changes and updates to the store itself and within the company.
Most recently, Walmart was excited to be the first retailer in Grant County to offer a grocery pickup program. Grocery pickup began March 21st, 2019 in Marion which quickly grew to 177 pick-up purchases per day served by December, 2019. The program is as easy as downloading the grocery app, making a minimum purchase of $30, pulling into a designated parking space, letting them know you are there, and they bring your groceries out and even load them for you!
Another new featured added in 2019 was the pickup tower and lockers located at the grocery entrance of the store. This allows customers to order online, ship their items to the store – which receives some credit for the purchase, scanning the QR code or barcode, and the tower or lockers gives access to purchased items immediately without needing an associate’s help. Grocery pickup and the pickup tower allows the local Walmart to stay competitive with online retailers, such as Amazon, to keep residents shopping locally and additional freight costs down.
Walmart Supercenter currently employs 291 employees at the Marion location. In trying to stay cognizant of retaining talent and staying competitive with other employers, Walmart offers their employees several benefits including health and vision insurance and volunteer opportunities to get employees involved and engaged in the community. 25 hours of community service by an employee may result in a $250 donation to a local nonprofit on behalf of the employee.
The Supercenter also has a great relationship with the Walmart Distribution Center in Gas City to work with employees on best-fit options of employment, community presence, and stock shipment options to keep the store better stocked.
Community presence and involvement is a top value for Walmart in Marion. Yvonne Rosman, Marion Walmart Store Manager, has been with the company for 15 years, with five in Marion. She shared, “In 2018, we gave a little over $8,500 to the Grant County community through several nonprofits, but we knew that wasn’t enough. We created a presentation to the corporate office that included some statistics on our county that directly impact our employees and customers. One action we implemented was increasing our volunteer hours. As a store, we finished with a grand total of 253 hours in 2019. From that team effort and presentation, we gave back $18,000 in grants and donations in Grant County this year. We also did a special project for the Grant County Rescue Mission where we donated 54 hours as a group within a certain timeframe and presented them with $1,000 directly!” All of Walmart’s employees are also given the option to donate a portion of their paycheck to support the local United Way.
If you have questions about employment, services, or philanthropic giving please contact the store at 765.662.0809. Follow them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Walmart1294/
Submitted by Brittany Howey
Marion-Grant County Chamber of Commerce