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.