The land has been cleared of the mini-forest and structures, including three houses and a car dealership building. Now crews are building the structure that will become the 150,000 square foot Walmart at Memorial Drive and N. Hairston Road.
Eight weeks ago, heavy machines were busy knocking down the tree-and-brush-filled property, which was also the site of an old Suzuki car dealership.
There is still a way to go before the store is complete, a goal for the second quarter of 2013. The store will be similar to, but smaller than, the Walmart at Memorial and Columbia, according to a company spokesman. Walmart says the new store will create 250 full and part-time jobs.
The world's largest retailer isn't done with the Stone Mountain-Lithonia area. It also wants to build a Neighborhood Market, which is a grocery-only concept, about seven miles away in the Covington Square shopping center in Lithonia.
Elsewhere in metro Atlanta, the company's Historic Westside Village Walmart Supercenter is slated to open in early 2013, and it's working on another Neighborhood Market on Winters Chapel Road in Dunwoody and in Tucker, among others.
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