The new Walmart Neighborhood Market on Highway 78 was packed this morning as residents and city officials gathered to celebrate the much anticipated grand opening.
Mayor Kelly Kautz officially welcomed the store to the city, expressing excitement about the partnership with the city and appreciation for the donations the corporation has made to local charities.
"I'm excited," said resident Judy Edge, who lives just a mile or two away.
Edge looks forward to the convenience of the new store, as well as what she hopes it will do for Highway 78. That sentiment is echoed by council members of the city. Councilman Tom Witts, mayor pro tem, stated that he believed this was the right time and place for such an endeavor, and that he could imagine looking back ten years from now and see this day as what re-establishes the Highway 78 corridor as a desirable place for retail centers.
"[This] adds 80 plus new jobs and replaces an old empty building with a new state of the art facility," said councilman Bobby Howard in a statement. "This is another big win for our city. We are very pleased to have been selected by Wal-Mart for this neighborhood grocery [and] pharmacy."
Night shift managers Alex Mays and Joyce Rogers are both looking forward to starting their new roles at the store. For Rogers, the move was a promotion, while Mays held the same role at the Stone Mountain Walmart.
"People are excited," said Rogers. "I love the small format, the atmosphere. It has a friendlier feel and it's convenient."
She said that there will be fresher produce and higher quality meats at this location that in the larger stores.
Now that the new Walmart is open for business, have your thoughts toward the facility changed? Tell us in the comments.
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