Walmart Build Could Begin Within a Month

The groundbreaking ceremony was held Friday for the store coming to Memorial Drive and N. Hairston Road.

Construction of the new Walmart on Memorial Drive and N. Hairston Road could start within a month, a spokesman said at Friday's groundbreaking ceremony.

Glen Wilkins said the 150,000 square foot store, which will be similar to but smaller than the one on Memorial and Columbia, is slated to open in the second quarter of 2013. It will create 250 full and part-time jobs, he said.

In addition to Walmart reps, local business and community leaders, commissioners Sharon Barnes Sutton, Stan Watson and Larry Johnson and DeKalb County Superior Court clerk Debra DeBerry attended the ceremony.

"We've waited so long for revitalization to start on Memorial Drive, and this is just the beginning," Barnes Sutton said.

Nick Goebeler, of the Memorial Drive Business Association and operator of the Chick-fil-A on Memorial Drive, said employment is only one piece.

With Walmart moving in, "the value of the real estate is going to go up" he said, pointing to several properties near the site that are for sale. "Increasing property value is going to be the biggest impact."

Nadine Rivers-Johnson, association on-site property manager for Mainstreet community near S. Hairston and Redan Roads and editor-in-chief of Mainstreet's Mainstream newsletter, also attended Friday's groundbreaking.

"I think it'll bring continuity, and by being a super anchor tenant, it will bring stability, and it will bring small and local businesses," Rivers-Johnson said. 

Nadine Rivers Johnson July 29, 2012 at 05:08 AM
DeKalb County Economic Empowerment will be greatly served by this type of support for incoming commercial ventures. Local residents will help cement the future revitalization of the Memorial Drive-I285 corridor.
Deneise August 29, 2012 at 08:44 PM
I am a regular at Wal-Mart and I appreciate and welcome the business to my area. Everyone that don't agree GET A LIFE!
Jessica Yvette October 01, 2012 at 05:28 AM
Its a Great idea
Shannon February 11, 2013 at 11:48 AM
What is the address for this new store?
Shannon February 11, 2013 at 11:49 AM
Whats the new address for this store?


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