The revamped Secaucus Walmart, featuring a full grocery store, was unveiled on Wednesday with an 8 a.m. ribbon-cutting event attended by the mayor and other officials.
Mayor Mike Gonnelli lauded the opening in a statement put out by the company. “The residents of Secaucus have been without a grocery store for three years,” said Gonnelli. “Walmart’s expansion provides excellent job opportunities in their community as well as a full grocery store that completely meets their needs.”
The store’s plans sparked a lively debate on this website in January with readers seemingly split on whether they’ll do their grocery shopping at the location.
Walmart said 150 jobs have been added with the Secaucus expansion under the direction of store manager Tracy Ferschweiler.
The company said the store added 32,000 square feet of grocery space that includes prepared meals, a meat department, produce, dairy, bakery and other features, the company said.
Walmart said the store has a “more open” shopping environment with wider aisles that contain no product displays, as well as a new layout that has aligned departments that were most frequently used like health and beauty, and pet supplies.
As this website reported in late May, supermarket chain D’Agostino is considering what would be its first New Jersey store at the Xchange development in town.
Wal-Mart Stores has 8,400 locations in 15 countries.
Here’s a Secaucus “Fact Sheet” from the company:
- Location: 400 Park Place, Secaucus, N.J.
- 199,000-square-foot Walmart, gaining an additional 32,000 square feet
- Store opens Wednesday, June 16, following a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 8 a.m.
- Store manager: Tracy Ferschweiler
- Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week
- Full line of groceries including a bakery, a deli serving fresh food and meal solutions, meat and dairy products, fresh produce
- More than 30 merchandise departments such as apparel and accessories, a lawn and garden center, health and beauty aids, and an expanded electronics department
- Convenience services include a pharmacy, vision center, digital photo processing center and a Walmart Connect Center
- Leased areas and services include a McDonald’s restaurant
- Store plans to employ approximately 750 associates, including 150 newly added positions
- The average wage at Walmart for full-time hourly associates in New Jersey is approximately $12.02 per hour*
Walmart benefits – available to eligible full- and part-time associates – include health insurance with no lifetime maximum. Walmart also offers a 401(k) plan and profit sharing contributions, whether an associate contributes or not, store discount cards, company performance-based bonuses, stock purchase program and life insurance