COVINGTON -- Walmart executives announced Thursday the opening of a new hiring center that will screen applicants for jobs at the company's Salem Road store, set to open March 14.
The hiring center will be located at Prospect United Methodist Church, 6752 Ga. Hwy. 212, and will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, beginning Dec. 21 through the end of January.
Job openings are available for approximately 250 full- and part-time positions, according to Shawn Cohen, Walmart regional human resource manager for North Georgia.
Nine salaried managerial positions are being offered, along with several hourly supervisor positions, he said.
To streamline the application process, Cohen recommended going to walmart.com to fill out an application ahead of visiting the hiring center. The online application can be accessed by hiring center employees, he said. Applications can also be submitted at kiosks found inside any Walmart store.
The store's top manager will be Newton resident Ron Tillman, who has been with Walmart for almost a decade and has 25 years of retail management experience.
"We expect Ron to be very active in the community and be a fantastic partner for you," Cohen said.
Board of Commissioners Chairman Katy Morgan said the new Walmart will give west Newton residents a convenient place to shop and keep sales tax dollars in Newton County. Currently, residents on the west side of the county often travel to Rockdale, which is closer than Covington, she said.
The store will also bring much-needed jobs to Newton, where the unemployment rate has been holding at 12 percent for some time, Morgan said.
"There are a lot of people in this area who will enjoy being a part of the Walmart family," she said.
Morgan said the Walmart fits with the county's 2050 Plan, which creates a development node in the Salem Road area.
"You make a great anchor. Thank you so much for your commitment to our county," she said.
The 170,000-square-foot store will include a food center with a bakery, deli, a Subway, hair salon and optical center. The store will sell beer and wine but not firearms, Cohen said.
"Walmart's commitment to Covington and Newton County is unwavering and we are glad to be here," he said.
Walmart also has a store in Covington on Industrial Blvd.