Walmart needs 95 workers for grocery store in Gateway 'food desert'

      SPRINGFIELD, Ore. - Walmart wants to hire up to 95 people for the Neighborhood Market opening in the Gateway area of Springfield.

      The market is expected to open this fall.

      In order to recruit and hire as many as 95 people, the company opened a temporary hiring center at the Walmart on Olympic Street.

      Applications will be accepted there from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Interested applicants may also apply online at

      Through Walmart's Veterans Welcome Home Commitment, the company will offer a job to any qualified veteran who has been honorably discharged within the past 12 months. Interested veterans may find out more at

      New employees will begin work in August.

      "We are excited to add the first Walmart Neighborhood Market to Springfield and bring good jobs with great career opportunities to the area," said Cooper Osima, store manager.

      The store, opening in the former Circuit City location at 2730 Gateway Street, fills a vacant retail space in the heart of one of Lane County's "food deserts."

      The store will offer groceries, pharmaceuticals and general merchandise.

      "We think the new Springfield Neighborhood Market can be part of the solution for folks who want a job or need more affordable options close to home," said Matti Havener, Walmart regional general manager for Oregon and Washington. "We look forward to being a good community partner and neighbor here for years to come."

      The store fills a need for groceries in the Gateway neighborhood, considered a "food desert" because of the distance residents must travel to shop for food