Walmart Neighborhood Market, last in state, closing

Published on Monday, 15 May 2017 22:47
Written by Kristen Gloss

Staff Writer

BRISTOL - The Walmart Neighborhood Market will be shutting its doors for the last time on June 9, according to a statement to the media.

It is currently the last Walmart Neighborhood Market in Connecticut, but there are still 35 Walmart and Sam’s Club serving Connecticut.

“For us any closing of a business that employs local folks and offers good service to the community is tough,” said Justin Malley, Bristol Development Authority executive director. “Our primary concern lies with the employees.”

The employees who worked at this location will be able to transfer to another store.

In the release, Walmart said they are “optimistic that any associate that wants to continue their career at Walmart will have the opportunity to do so.”

Malley also has been discussing with another business in Bristol that hires employees regularly to link the two businesses up and offer assistance to the employees.

In addition to providing assistance to employees, the BDA will be looking at bringing a new business to fill the vacant space left behind.

“Our concern here is with those employees, but of course, obviously the Walmart had plenty of patrons. The good thing is we have enough existing grocers here to hopefully be able to take in the patrons that were loyal Walmart customers,” Malley said.

Walmart officials said the store’s pharmacy will remain open until the end of May. The staff will help customers “transfer prescriptions to another convenient location as soon as possible.”

“It’s unfortunate to lose Walmart, but existing vendors can pick up the slack and we’re lucky in that way,” Malley said.

WFSB contributed to this story

Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol, General Business, General News on Monday, 15 May 2017 22:47. Updated: Monday, 15 May 2017 22:49.