JASPER — Indiana’s largest employer is renovating in Jasper and 14 other locations as part of a $75 million investment to update Walmarts in the Hoosier State.
In addition to the local jobs the investment supports, these store transformations will create an updated experience for customers, including expanded shopping options to help people save time and money.
When complete, many remodeled stores will offer pick up, delivery and Express delivery, which are deliveries in under two hours. These new conveniences will also make the Walmart+ membership program available to more customers. Walmart+ benefits include free shipping (no minimum), free delivery from stores ($35 minimum), a discount on fuel, free 6-month Spotify Premium membership, and Paramount+ Essential plan subscription, as well as early access offers throughout the year.
“Our local stores have never been more important to the way we serve customers today and, in the future,” said Regional General Manager, East Indiana, Jessica Villanueva. “Nearly 90% of the U.S. population lives within ten miles of a Walmart, so whether someone is shopping in-store, online, through mobile or Pick Up, our brick-and-mortar stores play a role in fulfilling those orders.”
“These investments will make it easier for our stores and associates to get customers what they want, when they want it,” said Jarred Crabtree, Regional General Manager, West Indiana. “I’m proud of our associates’ continued hard work taking care of our customers as they navigate the new enhanced experience.”
Walmart plans to transform its stores in communities across Indiana and will host re-grand opening celebrations at each location.
The following are examples of the customer-focused improvements being made in Walmart stores across Indiana:
• Pickup — Busy customers love Walmart’s pickup option. It gives them the convenience of shopping online and the ease of quickly picking up groceries without leaving their cars. The best part — there is no fee to use Walmart Grocery Pickup. Customers using SNAP also have the option to use pickup services in most states.
• Delivery — Walmart’s convenient delivery service is also a hit with customers. Additionally, Walmart has now made pickup and delivery services contact-free.
• Express delivery — customers now have the option to receive deliveries made in under two hours.
• New fixtures, LED lighting, and flooring throughout the entire store for better line of sight and easier navigation
• Refreshed interior and exterior, including paint and signage
• Modernized, remodeled bathrooms
• Added or refreshed mother’s room for a clean, comfortable, and private option for nursing mothers
• Vision Center: Walmart created a Vision Center experience designed around the customer that is convenient, comfortable, and affordable that offers an assortment of quality eyeglasses and sunglasses with prescription lenses
• Front end transformation with increased numbers of self-checkout lanes and staffed registers for customer convenience
• Expansion of departments with a diverse variety of products, including summer merchandise to provide summer fun year-round
• Walmart Pay — a touch-free way to pay
We aim to help our neighbors live better by strengthening the local communities, where our associates and customers live. We’re proud to support them and be a part of thousands of communities across the country. Whether it’s through local philanthropic work and associate volunteering or providing emergency relief when disasters strike and COVID-19 vaccinations to ensure access in rural communities, we are committed to making an everlasting impact in neighborhoods where we do business.
With 127 Su%ers, Neighborhood Markets and Sam’s clubs in Indiana, Walmart employs more than 46,000 associates at an average wage of $17.34 an hour. Hoosier associates are part of a workplace culture where everyone is included. We are proud of the industry leading benefits we offer our associates, like consistent schedules associates see two weeks in advance, paid time-off, health care coverage, 401(k) match, associate discounts and a free Walmart+ membership.
Our “Find a Future” program helps transitioning military, National Guard/Reserves, veterans, and military spouses find meaningful futures through opportunities in employment, education, and entrepreneurship. No matter where you start or where you aspire to go, there is a path of opportunity for everyone to build a career at Walmart. Entry-level associates are promoted to a role with higher pay and greater responsibility in just seven months, on average, while 75% of our store salaried members of management began their career as hourly associates.
Walmart pays 100% of the cost of college tuition and books for field-based associates to pursue a college degree through the “Live Better U” program.
Indiana is home to four Walmart Global Academies that provide training and educational opportunities for associates developing on-the-job skills, growing future skills for associates, and building leadership skills for managers, like our recently announced College2Career program.
The relationships we’ve built with local non-profit organizations like Marine Toys for Tots, Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry, the Indiana Women in Need Foundation, Southwest Indiana Child Advocacy Center, Five Star Life, and Mothers Against Drunk Driving are at the heart of how we operate in communities across Indiana. In fiscal year 2022, cash and local in-kind donations from our stores, clubs, corporate giving, and the Walmart Foundation exceeded $48.8 million this year. Local stores have contributed over six million pounds of food to local Feeding America Food Banks like Gleaners and Northwest Food Bank of Indiana.
This year marks 35 years of partnership with Walmart, Sam’s Club, and CMN (Children’s Miracle Networks) Hospitals. Since 1987, Walmart and Sam’s Club have raised more than $1 billion for CMN Hospitals including Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University of Health. This year’s annual Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals campaign raised over $33 million.
Walmart is part of communities across America, and we believe we can play a vital role by helping our neighbors in a time of crisis. During the recent pandemic, Walmart leveraged our vast network of stores and clubs to administer COVID-19 vaccines and booster shots; provide convenient drive-thru testing locations; sell critical at-home tests; and dispense COVID-19 oral medications. Thousands of Hoosiers received vaccinations and booster shots at their local Walmart or Sam’s Club pharmacy. We will continue to be there for our communities by administering and dispensing all authorized vaccines and treatments related to COVID-19 and continuing to be a front-door of healthcare with affordable medications, immunizations, and fresh food.
Indiana is also home to nine Walmart Supply Chain distribution centers, four fulfillment centers, and three transportation offices. The newest fulfillment center announced recently in McCordsville, IN will bring 1,000 new jobs to the high-tech automation center and will provide customers with same-day and two-day delivery. These critical storage and cross-dock facilities occupy more than a million square feet of industrial space in Indiana and support Walmart stores across the region.
In fiscal year 2022, Walmart also spent more than $1.2 billion with suppliers in the state.
JASPER — A 19-year-old Jasper man was arrested Monday evening after a female victim reported sexual assault to the Jasper Police Department.
According to the JPD, a female victim reported she had been sexually assaulted at a residence at 500 Schuetter Road in Jasper. Officers located the suspect, Liam Kibby, 19, Jasper, and brought him to the JPD for further questioning. Upon further investigation, officers arrested Kibby on preliminary charges of rape, strangulation, criminal confinement and sexual battery. He was booked into the Dubois County Security Center.
JASPER — Dubois County CARES was awarded a FY2022 Drug-Free Communities Support Program-Competing Continuation grant in the amount of $125,000 by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, in cooperation with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The goals of CARES (Coalition for Adolescent Resilience and Empowerment Strategies) are to establish and strengthen community collaboration in support of local efforts to prevent youth substance use. The coalition will achieve its goals by implementing a strengths-based approach, addressing areas of concern using data specific to youth use and general parental attitudes of acceptance of youth alcohol use.
Through the use of strategic partnerships and relationships with local youth-serving partners, justice system stakeholders, treatment providers, community groups, businesses, and volunteers, CARES will focus on providing various forms of training and information distribution to coalition members, parents, community members, and youth regarding effective coalition strategies, the strategic prevention framework data, and provide them with useful tools to empower youth to be alcohol and drug free.
“We intend to partner with schools to support their social and emotional learning curriculum,” a coalition spokesperson said, “support the enforcement of the legal drinking age at local festivals, optimize the campaign materials utilized by the coalition by including Spanish print options, and empower our youth through a positive ticketing campaign.”
CARES’ fiscal agent for the new grant is the Southwestern Indiana Child Advocacy Coalition Center. The coalition is located in Federal Congressional District 8, Indiana Senate District 48 and Indiana House District 63. CARES serves Dubois County, Indiana, a community of 43,549.
For more information about Dubois County CARES, visit www.DuboisCountyCARES.org. Contact the coalition at DuboisCountyCARES@gmail.com or 812-827-8464. For information about the Southwestern Indiana Child Advocacy Coalition Center, visit http://swicacc.com/.