Walmart has just announced their newest Supercenter's location off of Cascade Road. On Monday, about 25 people gathered to conduct the official groundbreaking of the site, which is directly across from the Cascade Home Depot.
The store will be a Supercenter, which means it will have everything from groceries to electronics, pharmacy and a bank within it. The new construction of this store comes on the heals of another Walmart Supercenter that is almost finished being built on Martin Luther King Dr., in Vine City. Community members in the Vine City area have generally welcomed the new store, and have a special interest in the new jobs it may provide. On the other hand, this Cascade store seems to have its fair share of opponents.
Mrs. Watkins, who works for Fulton County and is also a resident, has been trying to fight against the building of the Walmart Supercenter off of Cascade, because of its size. She said that she would prefer to see, "a smaller more community based Walmart, instead of the Supercenter." While interviewing her, another resident made the comment that many people were unaware that this store was "even coming into the community."
The fact is, that Walmart is here now and that they think the new store will bring roughly 300 jobs. The other fact is that some residents will be unhappy and feel like they were never told that this development was coming to the community. This community has most recently been actively fighting the influx of Family Dollar stores, and I am sure as more people hear about this new Walmart store we may see a similar fight occur.
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