New Sweetwater Walmart opens next week

1:05 PM, Sep 4, 2013   |    comments
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(WBIR-Sweetwater) The new Walmart in Sweetwater will open on September 11, after a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 7:30 am.

The new store, located at 935 State Highway 11, will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  It will offer general merchandise, groceries, and a pharmacy.

"Sweetwater is proud to host this new super Walmart facility," said Sweetwater Mayor Doyle F. Lowe. "Our residents are excited about the shopping conveniences this store will offer, and I am looking forward to the economic impact this location will bring to Sweetwater. Our residents, who are already shopping at Walmart locations, will now be able to keep those tax dollars local, and many new jobs will be added to the area."

As part of their grand opening celebration, Walmart will host a Big Family Welcome on Saturday, September 14, with activities like face painting, cupcake decorating and free food samples while supplies last. The celebration runs from noon to 3 p.m.

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Sweetwater's new Walmart store is moving closer to completion.

Employees are now stocking the shelves, preparing for the grand opening this fall.

The aproximately 150-000 square foot store is located on State Highway 11.

Walmart plans to hire 200 workers at the new location, but it's move into town has been controversial, with some people worrying what the big-box store will do to small business.

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