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Walmart to open supercenter in Compton

COMPTON — A Walmart Supercenter will open here in 2016 at the site of the former Sears store on Long Beach Boulevard and Orchard Avenue.

The new store will bring critically needed jobs for residents, provide shoppers with more retail options and help the city to keep tax dollars at home, a Walmart spokesperson said.

“I’m proud to welcome Walmart to District 2,” City Councilman Isaac Galvan said. “Jobs and services are important to the quality of life a community can offer its residents. Compton residents are excited about the creation of 300 new jobs, as well as the opportunity to purchase groceries, merchandise, and pharmacy services in their own community. We look forward to building a strong relationship with our newest corporate citizen.”

Groceries, including fresh fruits and vegetables, fresh meats and dairy products, deli and bakery goods, will be sold at the approximately 133,000-square foot store, the company announced March 26 at a town hall meeting.

The store will also offer general merchandise, including home furnishings, household items, apparel, electronics, sporting goods and toys.

The store will also include a full-service pharmacy and access to Walmart’s $4 generic prescription program.

A hiring center to fill the mix of 300 full- and part-time jobs is expected to open in late 2015.

Walmart pledged to meet with local suppliers to determine how it can purchase more products from them, said Javier Angulo, Walmart director of public affairs.

Walmart spent more than $55 million for merchandise and services from Compton suppliers in the 2013 fiscal year, Angulo said.