New kind of Walmart store opens in Surf City

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Submitted: Wed, 05/14/2014 - 4:23pm
Updated: Thu, 05/15/2014 - 12:43am

SURF CITY, NC (WWAY) — Surf City is now home to a new Walmart, but this Walmart is a little different than what you are probably used to.

It’s music to Walmart shoppers’ ears in Pender County.

“I would either have to go to Jacksonville or Wilmington, so I really appreciate it being closer to home,” Nancy Smith said.

Smith says she would make the those Walmart stores once or twice a month, but now with the new Walmart Neighborhood Market in Surf City, she will not have to anymore.

“It saves me a lot of travel time,” Smith said.

The Neighborhood Market near the intersection of NC 50 and NC 210 is about one-quarter of the size of a Walmart Supercenter and set up like a grocery store with a pharmacy.

“We know it’s a tough time in the economy, and we want to help them save money so they can live better,” store manager Tim Bass said.

Also about to live better are the 100 people filling the new positions at the store.

“There is a lot of people that have to travel a distance to find a good job,” Surf City Mayor Zander Guy said. “Now, the opportunity, if they meet the qualifications here, they can stay here.”

Management also hopes the new store creates a lasting relationship with the community.

“We are just looking forward to being here for a while,” Bass said.

The Neighborhood Market is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and it is still hiring.


  • Big says:

    But it did’t take anything away from the town of Wallace. If anything the town of Wallace has benefit from all of the business that are going there now. Get your story straight.

  • Just me says:

    What new business has set up shop in Wallace because of Wal-Mart? Maybe just a thimble full. Just about every store that already existed pulled up stakes and moved out on Hwy 41, following Wal-Mart, which has left the heart of Wallace looking like a run down ghost town. Get YOUR story straight. I know people that work at Wal-Mart a little over minimum wage, for a management position may I add, and just under the “full-time” status so they aren’t eligible for insurance. Go Wal-Mart! I think this is possibly the most greedy corporate company that ever existed. Yeah, I shop there too, but there is no need to have a Wal-Mart in every small town every 10 miles apart. Just my opinion and probably not worth the time it took to write this.

  • hl says:

    bull— wallace is dead and buried—–burgaw is next– Walmart swallows small towns whole with a promise of providing jobs and goods— no cheaper than anywhere else- pay scale lower– chinese non-American made products- only one wally world is good for is wally world— talk about them moving out of town wallace all biz followed– look how many closed up when they came to town— I go home to my grandparents town of wallace and dont even recognize it anymore— lucky to find a single american on the streets…

  • showglo says:

    Awesome! The job market here is not to good so it is nice to see opportunities for new employeement.

  • Minnie says:

    How many businesses will close because Walmart has opened? I can’t believe the manager makes it sound like pure altruism on Walmart’s part. Their kind of community spirit sucks the life out of a town.

  • 8844 says:

    Would you be saying that if it was another brand of grocery store instead of Wal-Mart? According to Wal-Mart there’s no difference. What could possibly be wrong with that?

  • Daniel Robert says:

    At least there is one smart person in Surf City that understands how bad this new Walmart really is for the town. It is clear that those store managers are trained to make news statements in such a way to make it seem pleasant. Shopping local will always be the smartest decision. Not shopping at a corporate giant.

  • Just me says:

    Totally agree that Wal-Mart sucks the life out of small towns! Prime example is the town of Wallace. Wal-Mart closed the store in the center of Wallace and moved out on Hwy 41 and it’s like every other store in Wallace followed them and relocated on Hwy 41. Wallace is like a ghost town now! and unfortunately, the small, quaint little town of Burgaw is about the be swallowed up. Bye-bye small, hometown feel! I really feel sorry and saddened to know the Mom & Pop’s businesses that have made Burgaw what it is today, most likely won’t survive Corporate Wal-Mart! Ugh.

  • showglo says:

    Awesome! The job market here is not to good so it is nice to see opportunities for new employeement.

  • Robe says:

    Anything to whine…so minimum-wage jobs for people with minimum-wage skills are not as good as having no jobs? Do you think the other grocery stores are paying more?

  • Guest000000 says:

    …for the 100 part-time, 10-15 hours per week, $7.25 per hour jobs with absolutely no benefits. The Government will pick up the rest of the tab by providing SNAP benefits and Medicaid.

  • Robe says:

    No, shopping for the lowest price will always be the smartest decision. And the Walmart IS local…you just hate it because people say Walmart is bad. They’re just like any other store; out to make money. That’s what the mom and pops are out to do too; they’re just not demonized for it.

  • mike peters says:

    We have several great grocery store, and many pharmacies in the area and no good size department store. Dumb move.

  • John says:

    Yes. I make over $12 an hour as a non management employee at a grocery store.

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