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Newest Walmart Opens in Lemmon Valley

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John Potter

Channel 2 News

It was the first day of work for over 250 new jobs north of Reno today. For many in Lemmon Valley, the new store means cheap groceries and TV's and clothes. For checkout clerk Kimberly Guillot, it means…much more: "I was out of work for almost 2 years. And I'm happy to be at Walmart. I was glad they gave me an opportunity to have a job and support my family."

Kimberly is one of 287, what store manager Tim Davis calls "associates," making around $13 an hour in a Walmart that's unlike any other in town. As Davis told us, "The size of the store is smaller than what we've been building. We've become more efficient to make shopping more convenient for the customer."

A lot of research goes into creating that convenience. Right down the main aisle by the entrance are the most popular items, so there's less walking for what the customer wants most. Also, Walmart is putting items that go with food next to the food department. You get your picnic food, then your picnic goods like paper plates right across the aisle.

As store manager Davis told us, "That makes everything more convenient, adjacent to things that make more sense, so there's an easier way for the customer to get everything they need efficiently."

New Walmarts like the one in Lemmon Valley combine everything the company has learned over the years: electronics departments are bigger. There's a drive-thru pharmacy, and skylights that on sunny days turn off the lights for energy savings.

Another change: the fabrics are back, after Walmart dropped them 3 years ago. Davis told us, "There was falter with fabric because clothing became much more cheaper. Well, as the cost has gone up, fabrics and crafts have become more readily available for the consumer."

The Lemmon Valley Walmart is open 24 hours, 7 days a week. They still have jobs to fill. But Kimberly Guillot is keeping hers. As she told us, "My teenagers can have the necessities they need and I can be in a great work environment."

There is an easy way to apply for those remaining jobs at the Lemmon Valley Walmart. Click the link below to apply on their online hiring center:

http://bit.ly/azvbz2

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