Photo by Diane Cox
The front line employees at the new Godfrey Walmart fuel station and convenience store pause from stocking the shelves to stand in front of the new building just before the official grand opening. (From left) Sarah Bartlett, Nicholas Watts, manager Kyle Warfield, project manager Lisa McMahon, manager Christina Murphy and Maggie Hagerty.
GODFREY — The Walmart gas station and convenience store opened its doors to serve the public Oct. 21, becoming the first Walmart-owned station in Illinois.
Sticking to its motto of “everyday low prices,” employees say the store will hold to the same standard.
“We are keeping to Walmart’s philosophy of everyday low prices,” Godfrey Walmart store manager Paul Hacker said. “We want our customers to save money and live better, so our convenience store will keep the same prices as our store branch. When something goes on rollback pricing in the store, if that item is in the convenience store, it will roll back too.”
The store is approximately 1,450 square feet with eight fuel pumps offering unleaded, premium and diesel fuel to accommodate a wider range of fuel needs. The store will provide beverages, snacks, candy, fresh food and “grab and go” items.
While many Walmart locations have had a privately owned or contracted gas station on the property, a station owned by the Fortune 500 company is still a new approach.
“Our entire store is very excited and behind this project,” Hacker said. “For us to be the pioneer in the state of Illinois for Walmart, we feel it will provide a great service to our local communities. Being the first, we will be used for training.
“We want to work hard to be the Walmart that people want to visit.”
The store has two managers and will employ six to eight associates. Hours will run from 5 a.m. until 11 p.m. seven days per week.
“We have sent a few store associates over to the gas station but are looking to hire more,” Hacker said. “We will need to replace anyone in the main store that transfers over, so we will have openings at both locations. We are accepting applications and are looking to hire seasonal help with Christmas fast approaching.”
Anyone interested in working in the new store can apply at www.walmart.com or visit the store branch for information.