Local Wal-Mart stores to end price matching

WARREN — Wal-Mart has announced plans to end its price match program at some locations, including those in Trumbull and Mahoning counties.

Charles Crowson, senior manager of Wal-Mart’s corporate communications, said the move will impact the stores in Bazetta, Liberty, Austintown and Boardman starting early next week.

Price matching has allowed customers to show cashiers advertised prices of products at other stores during checkout. Customers may then pay the lower prices if Wal-Mart’s are higher.

Crowson said the retailer understands that price match provided an “additional layer of reassurance for customers” and that’s why the company is working “hard to deliver upfront low prices that customers can trust every day of the week.”

He stated in an email to the Tribune Chronicle on Thursday that, “Customers count on us for everyday low prices. In select markets, we’re offering customers even lower prices on the national and private-label brands they trust and want. As a result and in select stores only, cashiers will no longer be able to price match at the register, from an ad or otherwise.”