Walmart brings convenience, affordable grocery options, new jobs to Galvez

Contributed Report @WeeklyCitizen

A new Walmart Neighborhood Market is opening Wednesday, Jan. 7, following a brief ribbon-cutting ceremony at 7:30 a.m. The new store is conveniently located at 40567 Highway 42, at the intersection of Highway 44, and is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The store will provide eastern Ascension Parish residents with low prices on a broad assortment of merchandise including fresh produce and meats, frozen foods, groceries, pharmacy and fuel.

Customers can shop additional items including top toys, gifts, electronics and home decor on through Walmart pickup, which will offer free shipping to the Galvez Walmart Neighborhood Market. They can also use Walmart’s new Savings Catcher receipt comparison tool to feel more confident they are getting some of the best deals available in the Baton Rouge area. Savings Catcher looks at other top retailers’ local ads and gives customers an eGift card for the difference if a competitor’s offering is lower than the price they paid at Walmart. Savings Catcher is available through the free Walmart mobile app.

“The excitement about this new store has been building, and we are thrilled to be open and serving the Galvez community and the rest of Ascension Parish,” said store manager Jim LeBoeuf.

Fresh, Affordable Groceries

The new store offers fresh produce and a full line of groceries from leading brand names, including organic selections. By working with growers Walmart is able to provide farm-grown quality produce at added convenience and low prices. There is also a wide variety of meat and bakery selections, and local products including Zapp’s, and Community Coffee.

The Right Size Store Offering More Convenience

The new store is approximately 41,000 square feet and offers a wide assortment to meet the needs of Eastern Ascension Parish residents. In addition to groceries, the store features health and beauty aids, pet products and cleaning supplies. Shopping is more convenient than ever as residents can shop an assortment of 7 million items on, many of which can be shipped for free to the new Walmart Neighborhood Market.

The drive-through pharmacy offers a full range of products and services and pharmacy team members are ready to assist customers with product and prescription questions. Eastern Ascension Parish residents can easily transfer prescriptions and order refills on the go with the Walmart mobile app for iPhone and Android.

New Store, New Jobs for Eastern Ascension Parish

The new store employs up to 95 full- and part-time associates. Store manager Jim LeBoeuf began his Walmart career in 1983 in the pet department.

“Walmart continues to be a good corporate neighbor of Ascension Parish,” said Ascension Parish President Tommy Martinez. “While providing reasonably priced goods and services to our residents, along with employment opportunities, we appreciate the revenue generated through the sales tax.”

Giving Back to Ascension Parish

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

 In addition to the grants given as part of the grand opening, the new store will further Walmart’s pledge to fight hunger in America. As part of Walmart’s and the Walmart Foundation’s $2 billion commitment to fight hunger through 2015, Walmart stores in Louisiana donated approximately 12.9 million pounds of food, in fiscal year 2014, or the equivalent of 10.7 million meals. Additionally, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation gave more than $24.1 million in fiscal year 2014 in Louisiana alone. For more information on Walmart’s fight against hunger, visit

 A Big Family Welcome

Walmart is happy to be part of the Galvez community and is ready to celebrate with residents on Saturday, Jan. 10.  A Big Family Welcome will give customers a chance to meet LeBoeuf 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.