Monday, June 20, 2011
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COVINGTON -- Walmart at Salem and Brown Bridge roads is scheduled to open in spring of 2012, according to a spokesman.
The store will likely open in March or April, said spokesman Glenn Wilkins. Approximately 200 new hires will be made, both full- and part-time positions.
"The community will determine (how many are part-time and full-time). If we operate in an area where there are more college students or retirees that are not looking for full-time work, that sets a precedent. In Covington, probably the majority, more than half, will be full-time," Wilkins said.
Hiring will start about three months prior to the store opening and information is not yet available, but Wilkins said a central hiring location will likely be set up in the community and Walmart could hold a job fair.
The supercenter has been downsized from 200,000 to about 150,000 square feet. Walmart is making an effort to reduce its footprint and operate more efficiently, Wilkins said.
County commissioners approved the Walmart in early 2007. By summer of 2008, Walmart announced construction of the store had been delayed by at least two years.
"We want to make sure that when we go into a community, we don't impact our current stores negatively. We want to wait a little bit longer" before opening a second store in Newton County, Wilkins said at the time. The Walmart Supercenter on Industrial Boulevard in Covington opened in July 2007.
Wilkins predicted then that the store at Brown Bridge and Salem would generate between $1 million and $1.5 million in sales and property tax revenues annually.