Provo Walmart opening in 2014

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Walmart Neighborhood Market focuses on groceries and pharmaceuticals. (Photo courtesy of Walmart Neighborhood Markets)

Walmart Neighborhood Market focuses on groceries and pharmaceuticals. (Photo courtesy of Walmart Neighborhood Market)

PROVO — Construction on a Walmart Neighborhood Market will  begin this fall on University Parkway and 550 West in Provo (vacant Fresh Market location).

“A Walmart Neighborhood Market in Provo can be part of the solution for residents who want more convenient access to fresh, affordable food or more job opportunities close to home,” said Rachel Wall, Walmart Sr. Manager of Communications.  “The approximately 41,000-square-foot store will revitalize the space and the store will employ  approximately 65 people, a mix of full- and part-time positions. We anticipate opening summer 2014.”

Walmart Corporations hopes to begin constructing the Provo store in in November.

The Provo Walmart Neighborhood Market is about a fourth of the size of a Walmart Supercenter and will include groceries, health and beauty products, pharmacy, self-service digital-photo processing center and more. There won’t be any departments such as technology or apparel.

“Walmart Neighborhood Market is a small format Walmart store that focuses on groceries and pharmacy products,” Wall said. “It is meant to offer our customers a convenient neighborhood store.”

About three months before the Provo Walmart Neighborhood Market opens, Walmart Corporations will set up a hiring center.

“We’ll make the jobs convenient for the community by opening a hiring center near the planned store,” Wall said.

Currently, the nearest Walmart to Provo is in Orem, and the nearest Walmart Neighborhood Market is in Draper.

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Rebecca Lane

While her first language is sarcasm, Rebecca dabbles in English and Russian to achieve her lifelong dream of being a journalist. A BYU sports fan, reading enthusiast and wannabe world traveler, Rebecca is a Colorado transplant that is convinced Colorado's mountains are much larger than the many Utah County peaks. Rebecca manages UtahValley360.com for Bennett Communications. Follow her on Twitter @rebeccalane.

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