“Math you can count on”

As the market manager for Walmart in Grays Harbor County and throughout the Olympic Peninsula, I would like to weigh in on what our upcoming Aberdeen store remodel and expansion will mean for the community.

I’ve been a Walmart associate since 1989 and have been proudly serving Washington state communities during that time. Since 1994, the approximately 290 hard-working associates in the Aberdeen store — the first in Western Washington — have been doing incredible things and serving a greater purpose — they support their families and help residents who shop at Walmart support their own families, too.

We’re expanding our Aberdeen store by providing an even wider range of affordable groceries and products. Grocery is an area that customers have come to expect from Walmart and we look forward to starting work soon on our store expansion.

It’s no secret our communities have seen big hurdles as we’ve moved away from timber to a more diversified economy, so competitive wage jobs are especially important now. The Aberdeen expansion adds 50 new jobs and provides a long-term foothold into the workforce for new associates. Nearly 75 percent of our store management teams started as hourly associates, our managers earn on average $50,000 to $170,000 a year, similar to what firefighters, accountants — even doctors — make. Each year, we promote about 170,000 people to jobs with more responsibility and more pay.

Walmart has some of the best jobs in the retail industry — competitive pay, benefits and the opportunity for advancement. We have a health care plan available to eligible full- and part-time associates that starts at $17 per paycheck, and our associates have access to a 401(k) retirement plan and a bonus plan. Additionally, over the next five years, we project that we’ll hire more than 100,000 veterans nationwide, most of whom will be in our stores and clubs, and some will be in our distribution centers and home office.

Now that’s the kind of math you can count on.

Tom Etchells

Market Manager, Walmart