New Evergreen Wal-Mart Opens This Friday, Earlier Than Planned More Than 25,000 Applications for 325 Jobs; Highest Ever Received for a

Wal-Mart Store



    EVERGREEN PARK, Ill., Jan. 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Fulfilling the
 growing needs of employment in Chicago-area communities, the new Wal-Mart
 (NYSE:   WMT) in Evergreen Park will open its doors earlier than originally
 planned at 7 a.m. this Friday, Jan. 27.  The store will hold its Grand Opening
 celebration at that time, with community leaders sharing what the new store
 brings to the community, including the 325 new jobs, every day low prices, and
 an initial $35,000 donated to local charities upon its opening.
     Designed as a convenient one-stop family shopping center, the new 141,000-
 square-foot Wal-Mart store features 36 departments including family apparel,
 health and beauty aids, household needs, electronics, toys, fabrics and
 crafts, lawn and garden supplies, jewelry and shoes.  In addition, the store
 offers a Tire & Lube Express, a pharmacy, a vision center, a Subway
 restaurant, a one-hour photo lab, and a Wal-Mart Connect Center for wireless
 phone sales. It will be open to customers from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a
 week and will include 18 full-service, four express and four self-service
 check-out lanes.  It is located at 2500 W. 95th St., adjacent to the Evergreen
 Park Sam's Club.
 
     Store Receives 25,000 Applications, Still Climbing
     Store manager Robert Shultheis says more than 25,000 applications already
 have been received from local citizens seeking a job at the new store ... and
 inquiries still continue.  The store will bring more than 300 new jobs to the
 market, which is on average for a new Wal-Mart store.  The company says this
 could be the highest number of applications ever received for just one store
 in its history.
     "We knew the number of applicants would be high, but this incredible
 outcome tells another story," said Chad Donath, area Wal-Mart district
 manager. "We know this community welcomes not just the Wal-Mart shopping
 experience, but the good jobs, benefits and great career opportunities at Wal-
 Mart they have heard about."
     "We have seen a turnaround in job growth in Illinois over the past decade
 and this store is a great example of that.  I'm delighted to welcome Wal-Mart
 into the community and we look forward to the City of Chicago's first Wal-Mart
 opening this summer," said Jerry Roper, President and CEO Chicagoland Chamber
 of Commerce.
 
     Wal-Mart Economic Impact in Illinois
     As of December, Wal-Mart employed 46,467 associates.  Including the newest
 Wal-Mart store in Evergreen, the company currently owns and operates the
 following facilities in the state of Illinois:
      *  Supercenters: 51
      *  Discount Stores: 79
      *  Neighborhood Markets: 0
      *  SAM'S CLUBS: 28
      *  Distribution Centers: 3
 
     In 2004, Wal-Mart collected on behalf of the state of Illinois sales taxes
 at rates ranging from 6.25% to 8.75%. Wal-Mart paid more than $61.2 million in
 state and local taxes in the state of Illinois in 2004.  The average wage for
 full time hourly associates at Wal-Mart in the Chicago area is $10.99 an hour.
 
     Grand Opening Celebration, Jan. 27
     The store welcomes the community to attend its Grand Opening celebration
 at 7 a.m., Jan. 27.  Evergreen Park Mayor James Sexton will assist in cutting
 the ribbon.  Wal-Mart associate Yolanda Davis will perform the national
 anthem.  Other activities planned during the grand opening event include
 numerous product samples, character appearances and give-aways.
 
     $35,000 in Grants to Charities
     The Evergreen Park Public Library Foundation will be receiving a $12,000
 grant from the store, as a part of the total $35,000 the store will provide to
 local charities through Wal-Mart's Good Works giving program.  Like all Wal-
 Mart stores, the Evergreen Park Wal-Mart will provide grant dollars throughout
 the year to help its neighborhood organizations.
 
     Groups receiving donations upon the store's $35,000 in gifts of support
 include:
 
      *  Advocate Christ Medical Center
      *  Advocate Hope Children's Hospital
      *  American Legion Post #854
      *  Beverly Area Planning Association
      *  Central Junior High School
      *  Chicago Area Council Boy Scouts
      *  Evergreen Park Community High School
      *  Evergreen Park Police Department
      *  Evergreen Park Public Library Foundation
      *  Village Pantry Coalition
      *  Girl Scouts of South Cook County
      *  Grace Community Christian Reformed Church-Food Pantry
      *  Johnson-Phelps VFW
      *  Little Company of Mary Hospital
      *  Northeast Elementary School
      *  Oak Lawn Community High School
      *  Southwest Elementary School
      *  United Way
      *  Village of Evergreen Park Fire Department
      *  Village of Evergreen Park Parks Department
 
     Organizations interested in learning more about funding can contact the
 store for details, or go to http://www.walmartfoundation.org .
     Across the state of Illinois, Wal-Mart Stores and SAM'S CLUB facilities
 gave a total of $5,984,240 in 2004 to local causes and organizations in the
 communities they serve.  In addition, many charities and organizations
 received in-kind donations and additional funds raised through stores, CLUBS
 and distribution centers in the amount of $2,899,240, for a grand total of
 $8,883,480 contributed through Wal-Mart's presence across the state.
 
     Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. operates Wal-Mart Stores, Supercenters, Neighborhood
 Markets and SAM'S CLUB locations in the United States.  Internationally, the
 company operates in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, Japan, Mexico,
 Puerto Rico, South Korea and the United Kingdom. The company's securities are
 listed on the New York and Pacific stock exchanges under the symbol WMT.  More
 information about Wal-Mart can be found by visiting
 http://www.walmartfacts.com .  Online merchandise sales are available at
 http://www.walmart.com .
 
 

SOURCE Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

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