Opening date set for Walmart Neighborhood Market

The new Walmart Neighborhood Market and gas station being built just north of the 182 exit on Highway 12 is set to open Jan. 17. (Photo by Sarah Raines, SDN)
Staff Writer

Construction of the new Walmart Neighborhood Market off of Highway 12 is on schedule, with the opening date set for Jan. 17.

The store is at 105 Market Street, near La Quinta and the Hilton Garden Inn, north of the 182 overpass on Highway 12. The new market will feature a grocery store and a gas station.

Project superintendent Sam Blakeney from DBS Corporation in Chattanooga said construction on the new store began in February.

"The roof is on both buildings, all the stuff is up on the roof and we are fixing the slabs this week," Blakeney said.

Walmart Director of Communication Anne Hatfield said the new store will bring around 100 jobs to the area.

"A couple of months before we open the store, we'll open a hiring center to let potential employees apply to the job," Hatfield said. "When the store is ready for setup and the shelves are ready to be stocked, that's when folks will start working."

Hatfield said the hiring station will be close to the new store.

The Walmart Neighborhood Market is about a quarter the size of a Walmart Supercenter. It will have groceries, fresh produce, a bakery, deli, pharmacy and a health and community section.

"Think about it as an old-fashioned grocery store, but it's geared for convenience," Hatfield said. "You can do a full grocery shop there, but it's also very easy to just pull in, grab that gallon of milk and get going on your way."