Walmart to open third Beaverton Neighborhood Market in spring 2014


A new Walmart Neighborhood Market is set to open at 9055 SW Murray Boulevard, likely in spring 2014.

The Neighborhood Market, which is a midsized grocery store rather than a Walmart supercenter, is moving into a former Haggen store. Walmart Stores Inc. purchased the site in 2011.

The 61,000-square-foot store will be Walmart’s largest Neighborhood Market in Beaverton. There are two others, one on Apple Way that opened in early 2013 andanother on Cornell Road that opened in the summer of 2012.

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Walmart will debut Vanport murals in Delta Park: North and NE Portland news

The Delta Park Walmart is holding a kind of second grand-opening today in North Portland. There will be no pomp and circumstance of discounts and dry goods at this one. Instead, the major retailer will talk about the history of the Delta Park area and will dedicate a series of murals about the Vanport flood. State Senator Jackie Winters, who lived in Vanport, will join neighborhood representatives there at 3 p.m. If you want to attend, RSVP at

The Daily Beast has christened Portland vintage furniture purveyor Grant Chisholm “The Hipster Fred Phelps.” Chisholm had a heavy hand in designing The Colony in St. Johns, outfitting its apartments in Pendleton blankets, modern furniture and a host of rustic industrial pieces fit for Tumblr. When he’s not selling the ultimate in Portland vintage wares, The Daily Beast reports, he’s working as a street preacher, railing against strip clubs, “homosex”, Catholics, football “and probably most Portland residents.”

Read more at the Oregonian


Eco-roof experiment on aisle five

Freshly planted vegetation on the new Hayden Meadows Walmart store’s 92,000-square-foot roof is an experiment.

The 40,000-square-foot green roof, billed as the largest in Portland, is divided into three sections to compare different soil depths. The remaining 52,000-square-foot traditional white membrane roof serves as the control.

It’s a rare opportunity to back up the rainwater absorption and evaporative cooling benefits of green roofs with data from a real world application, said David Sailor, director of Portland State University’s Green Building Research Laboratory. PSU received a $133,000 grant from Walmart to spend the next two years tracking and comparing data collected by a rooftop weather station and sensors placed throughout the North Portland store’s roof.

Read more at the Daily Journal of Commerce


Walmart to open with Portland’s largest green roof

The green roof on the new Walmart opening at Portland’s North Hayden Meadows is the largest in the city and the only roof like it that Walmart has on the West Coast.

Nearly half of the 92,000-square-foot roof is green, covered in vegetation and sediment to manage storm water. It will also help cool the store and convert carbon monoxide to oxygen.

Portland State University will use the roof for a classroom as part of its Green Building Research Lab. For two years students will study the roof’s eco-impact using remote sensors and a weather station.

Read more at Oregon Business


$35K grant from Walmart will help to shelter families

Community Outreach Inc. announced that the organization received a $35,000 grant this week from the Walmart Foundation.

Kari Whitacre, the executive director at COI, said the grant will help to pay for basic hygiene supplies and food, case management, day care expenses and transitional living classes to help families at the shelter at 865 N.W. Reiman Ave. Demand for such service is on the increase, especially for women, children and families, she said.

In July 2012, the nonprofit that started in 1971 restructured its dorms to accommodate 11 instead of 7 families. The expanded spaces have been steadily occupied ever since.

Read more at the Corvallis Gazette-Times


More Jobs and Grocery Options Coming to Springfield

Walmart Neighborhood Market brings smaller format, local fresh food favorites and employment opportunities to the community

• New Walmart Neighborhood Market located at 2730 Gateway St.
• Up to 95 jobs created by Springfield Walmart Neighborhood Market
• Store open from 5 a.m. to 1 a.m., seven days a week

Walmart will open the first Lane County Walmart Neighborhood Market on Wednesday, Sept. 18, after a brief ribbon-cutting ceremony at 7:30 a.m. The new store, approximately one-fifth the size of a Walmart Supercenter, is located at 2730 Gateway St. just east of Interstate 5 and is open from 5 a.m. to 1 a.m., seven days a week. The new store will provide local customers with a new, convenient option for their grocery shopping needs, including fresh produce and pharmacy services.

“We’re excited to welcome a Walmart Neighborhood Market to the Gateway area,” said Springfield Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Dan Egan. “Not only is Walmart bringing nearly 100 new jobs to the Springfield community and enhancing our vibrant Gateway retail center, it is meeting a crucial need by providing access to fresh, affordable and local groceries for a number of neighborhoods that have gone too long without access to a grocery store.”

Smaller Store, More Convenience

The Walmart Neighborhood Market format offers quick and convenient shopping, with a full grocery department, including organic and natural selections. The store features prepared food options, fresh-baked breads, self-serve deli and a bakery. The Springfield store is also tailored to the community, offering local favorites, including locally grown produce.

The pharmacy offers a full range of products and services. Pharmacy team members can answer product and prescription questions and customers can ask about health and wellness solutions.

Community Giving

The grand-opening celebration includes presentations of grants from Walmart and the Walmart Foundation to local community groups.

New Store, New Jobs

The new store employs up to 95 full- and part-time associates. The first Walmart Neighborhood Market opened in 1998, and today there are approximately 250 Walmart Neighborhood Market stores nationwide.

Store manager Cooper Osima began his Walmart career in 2004 as an hourly associate unloading trucks.

“We are excited to show our commitment to Springfield by helping customers save money and live better,” said Osima.

A Big Family Welcome

Walmart is happy to be part of the Springfield community and is ready to celebrate with residents on Saturday, Sept. 21. A Big Family Welcome will give customers a chance to meet Osima and enjoy fun family activities such as face painting, cupcake decorating and free food samples while supplies last. Join the celebration from noon to 3 p.m.

Join the Conversation

Walmart invites Springfield shoppers to share their in-store experience on Facebook and Twitter by using #MyNewWalmart. Visit the My Local Walmart Facebook page at Fans of the local page can receive information about rollbacks, in-store events, meal solutions and more.


Walmart readies Oak Grove grand opening

Oak Grove’s Walmart moved rapidly toward completion as dozens of new workers stocked shelves in preparation for a grand opening.

Walmart’s “neighborhood markets” are typically 42,000 square feet, but this approximately 63,000-square-foot store, at 15600 S.E. McLoughlin Blvd., will include groceries, a deli, a large produce section and an assortment of general merchandise.

Read more at the Clackamas Review


Grading, site work begins at future Walmart site

Grading has begun on what is now known as Parkway Village at Sherwood, a future shopping complex that will include a 145,000-square-foot Walmart superstore. Both grading and erosion control permits were recently pulled, according to city officials. However, no building permits have been issued.

Over the last several weeks, an army of earthmovers and other heavy equipment descended on the site along Langer Farms Parkway.

Read more at the Portland Tribune


Warrenton leaders OK Walmart site revisions; Hellberg blasts opponents

A Walmart store has been approved in Warrenton. Again.

The Warrenton City Commission approved a revised site design review plan Tuesday night after a public hearing. The application had been remanded back to the city by Oregon’s Land Use Board of Appeals (LUBA).

The vote was 4-0 with Mark Kujala, Tom Dyer, Dick Hellberg and Mark Baldwin in favor. The fifth commissioner, Henry Balensifer, was absent.

Read more at the Daily Astorian


Central Oregon Should Ban Plastic Bags

According to Environment Oregon, Oregonians use about 1.7 billion single-use plastic bags each year. Some of those bags find their way into the ocean, killing sea turtles, sea birds and marine mammals that mistake them for food. Think anytime you see one of those ugly plastic bags floating around the high desert what they can do to wildlife and our usually pristine environment. Due to their durability, plastic bags can take centuries to decompose.

Another problem associated with the typical plastic bag is the use of non-renewable resources in manufacturing them such as crude oil, gas and coal. A car could drive about 36 feet on the amount of petroleum used to make a single small plastic bag.

 Read more at Cascade Business News