Seligman Walmart Neighborhood Market has grand opening
40 associates hired to work at new store
The Walmart Neighborhood Market in Seligman has opened with high expectations from local leaders and residents since construction began four months ago.
"I believe it's going to be a big success," said Jerry Montgomery, Seligman mayor. "Everybody that I've talked to was anxious to see it get opened."
The Walmart has rollback prices and additional mark downs for the grand opening, said Tim Williams, store manager. Walmart gave $1,000 to the Seligman Police Department for Shop With a Cop program, which provides gifts to area underprivileged children, $1,000 to the Southwest High School and $500 to the Seligman Area Chamber of Commerce.
"I know the associates have worked real hard to get to this point," Williams said. "They are pretty proud of what they've done with the store, getting it ready. I know the community itself, everyone that I've talked to have been really positive about the store. They're excited to get a nice store like this in their town."
The convenience of a pharmacy is going to be beneficial to a lot of people, he said.
The Seligman area has many elderly people, and they now can get their prescriptions at the new Walmart, located at 33597 Highway 112, instead of driving to Cassville or Rogers, Ark., Montgomery said.
Customers can also order anything on walmart.com, and Walmart can send it to the Seligman store with free shipping.
The approximate 12,000-square-foot store has about 40 associates, which includes a store manager, five full-time supervisors, a pharmacist assigned to the store (another pharmacist will help with the pharmacy as needed) and two pharmacy techs.
"I started interviewing people back in the end of August and the first of September," Williams said. "Several people that I hired were transfers, but a lot of the people that I hired were actually from the Seligman and Washburn areas."
The associates started Nov. 10 getting the Seligman store ready for the grand opening.
At noon Saturday, the store will have free dogs, information about walmart.com, a race simulator from Coca-Cola, a fishing game from Pepsi and free samples of Cheetos from Chester Cheetah. Customers can also meet the store pharmacist. The event ends about 4 p.m.
Williams was in the U.S. Army Reserve and the Army National Guard for 25 years. In 2012, he retired from the Army Reserve as a lieutenant colonel.
He did a tour in Iraq and and two tours in Afghanistan. They lasted about three to four years between 2002 and 2012. He received two Bronze Stars. He started working for Walmart in 2002 as a logistics operations manager. In 2012, he went to the operations side of Walmart, and he trained to be a store manager. In July, Walmart hired Williams to be the Seligman store manager.
Williams lives in Bentonville, Ark. He has been married 32 years to his wife, Sheryl, who is a senior manager in property tax for Walmart. His daughter, Mandy Kordsmeier, is a buyer for Sam's Club. His son, Michael WIlliams, works for Windstream in Little Rock, Ark. His youngest son, Mitchell Williams, who is a senior at Bentonville High School, has committed to play football at the Air Force Academy.
The Seligman Walmart has a full line of groceries including fresh produce, deli, meat, bakery and dairy. It also has health and beauty aids, pet products and cleaning supplies. The location has a four-pump gas station attached and a Redbox kiosk.
The store hours are 7 a.m.--10 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and 8 a.m.--9 p.m. Sunday. The phone number is 417-662-3501.