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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
Customer convenience. That is the motto behind Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and their neighborhood markets, which have grown in popularity nationwide.
The Bakersfield area will welcome its first Walmart Neighborhood Market in the fall.
Monday on "First Look with Scott Cox," spokeswoman Rachel Wall said the first store was piloted in Huntington Beach.
"It has been well received and customers want this convenience," Wall said.
The new store will open in Oildale at the intersection of North Chester and West Day avenues. It will be 41,000 square feet -- a quarter of the size of a standard Walmart.
The market will offer fresh produce, meats, dairy products, and frozen and dry goods, as well as a deli, bakery and pharmacy.
Simulcast host Scott Cast asked Wall why it was being built in Oildale.
"Development is underway in that area, with fast-food restaurants and opportunities to bring in new businesses," Wall said. "A lot of those customers from that area are traveling to our stores so we wanted to offer them a halfway point."
An exact opening date is not set, but hiring will happen in early summer, Wall said.
To stay updated on job opportunities, visit careers.walmart.com.