Laval, Quebec, October 3, 2013 - Walmart Canada today unveiled its Sherbrooke Supercentre located at 4050 Josaphat-Rancourt Boulevard. This store underwent an extensive renovation and expansion adding 38,000 square feet to the store to make room for the new fresh grocery section and an expanded dry food offering.

“The Sherbrooke store associates and Supercentre project team have done an outstanding job preparing for today’s opening,” said Chantal Glenisson, senior vice president, Walmart Quebec. “We are anxiously  awaiting feedback from our customers about the changes to the store, and especially the new grocery section.”

The store is one of 37 Supercentre projects planned for the company's current fiscal year which ends January 31, 2014. The 37 projects, which were announced earlier this year, include building new stores and expanding, remodelling or relocating existing stores and represent an investment of more than $450 million in the Canadian economy.

“Following many months of preparations we are thrilled to welcome our customers in to their new Supercentre,” said Patrick Pinard, Sherbrooke Walmart store manager. “I am extremely proud to begin offering our Sherbrooke customers a full fresh grocery assortment.”

One-stop shopping
The Sherbrooke Walmart originally opened as a Walmart discount store in 1994 and in 2005 was relocated to its current address. The 172,000 square foot now offers a full line of groceries including bakery goods, deli, meat and dairy products as well as fresh produce. This is in addition to the existing departments including electronics, home décor and apparel, creating a one-stop shopping destination dedicated to everyday low prices. The store also offers a pharmacy, vision centre, connection centre for wireless services, photo centre, portrait studio, Mr. Lube, McDonald’s, and Western Union.

Customers will also appreciate the store's updated design, which includes easy-to-navigate aisles with directional signage and a bright interior colour palette defining the store's merchandise areas.

New jobs
The Sherbrooke Supercentre employs 280 associates, including 80 new positions. Anyone interested in a position at Walmart can visit WalmartCanada.ca or drop by the store and speak to the Human Resources manager.

Commitment to sustainability Walmart continues to drive environmental sustainability through energy efficiency initiatives. The store features LED exterior signage, waste diversion streams including paper and plastic.

Community involvement
Walmart has one of the strongest community involvement programs in Canada. The company’s mission is to help Canadian families in need. In 2012, the Sherbrooke Walmart donated and raised more than $50,000 for charities and organizations in need. 
 
Block party
Grand opening festivities will continue on Saturday. The store will be hosting its Grand Opening Block Party from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Customers can enjoy face-painting, live music, refreshments and samples.

By the numbers
Sherbrooke Supercentre:
• 280 associates (including 80 new positions)
• 172,000 square feet (expanded by 38,000 square feet)
• 19th Supercentre in Quebec

Across Canada:
• 7,000 new positions created by Walmart Canada expansion plans this year
• 37 projects in the company's expansion plan this fiscal year (ending January 31, 2014)
• Sherbrooke is the 14th project completed this year
• $450 million invested for the 37 projects
• 223 supercentres and 187 discount stores as of today
• 380 Walmart stores total

About Walmart Canada
Walmart Canada operates a growing chain of 380 locations nationwide including 217 Supercentres. The retailer serves more than one million customers each day, and its online store, Walmart.ca, is visited by over one million Canadians daily. With 95,000 associates, Walmart Canada is one of Canada's largest employers and is recognized by Waterstone Human Capital as having one of Canada's top 10 corporate cultures. Walmart Canada’s community giving program is focused on helping Canadian families in need. Since 1994, Walmart has donated and raised more than $180 million to Canadian charities and not-for-profit organizations. Additional company information can be found at walmartcanada.ca, Facebook and Twitter.

For further information:
Alex Roberton, director corporate affairs and social media
alex.roberton@wal-mart.com
(416) 526-0981