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New Walmart market on schedule for spring opening

Murray Boulevard grocery store still hiring to fill 95 positions


by: TIMES PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - The newest Walmart Neighborhood Market in Beaverton will open sometime this spring at 9055 S.W. Murray Blvd., in a building formerly occupied by Haggen Food and Pharmacy.Building renovations and a hiring blitz are both well underway for what will be Beaverton’s third Walmart Neighborhood Market store to open in two years.

Remodeling of the former Haggen Food and Pharmacy at 9055 S.W. Murray Blvd. started in August and will continue for several more weeks. The 60,000-square-foot store — a scaled-down, grocery-oriented version of Walmart’s widely known superstore — is set to open sometime this spring.

Recruitment and interviews to fill 95 part- and full-time positions will continue through the store’s opening date, noted Walmart representative Rick Thomas.

A temporary hiring center is set up at 5075 S.W. Griffith Drive, suite 150, where applications are accepted Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Applicants may also visit the online hiring site at careers.walmart.com.

The store will be the last of three Walmart Neighborhood Market stores planned for the city, joining locations at the former Zupan’s Market at 8225 S.W. Apple Way, and the former Ashley Furniture outlet at 17275 N.W. Cornell Road.

The upcoming Neighborhood Market will occupy a building that’s been dormant since April 2011, when the Bellingham, Wash.-based Haggen Food and Pharmacy closed its Beaverton store after six years of business.

The new store will occupy the “same footprint” as the former Haggen store, Thomas noted, with renovations mostly on the building’s interior.

The store rests on the site of the former Cobb’s Quarry, which operated as a commercial rock quarry from the 1940s through the 1970s. As development plans evolved for the Sexton Mountain area, the site was filled in with soil, rock and some organic material in the 1990s. A ventilation system was installed beneath the Haggen Pharmacy’s asphalt parking lot to mitigate buildup of methane gas. A sealed concrete pad prevents methane from entering the building through the ground, noted Ken Cameron, geologist with the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality.

Annual air samples the department conducts through a consultant have consistently shown negligible readings of methane at the site, Cameron added.

The two neighborhood markets in Beaverton have so far proved successful, Thomas noted, with customers responding well to the format.

In addition to new hires, company officials are giving employees at the existing stores a chance to move up into management roles at the Murray Boulevard location.

A least couple employees who started at the Cornell store will be able to move up and join the management team at the new Murray location, Thomas noted.

Through Walmart’s Veterans Welcome Home Commitment, the company will offer a job to any qualified veteran who has been honorably discharged within the past 12 months, Thomas noted.

For more information about that program, visit walmartcareerswithamission.com.




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