A new Wal-Mart is opening Wednesday in Cochran.
The store at 366 Ga. 26 will open to customers shortly after a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 7:30 a.m., according to a news release. About 150 employees have been hired, and the store will be open from 6 a.m. to midnight every day.
The 69,000-square-foot store features general merchandise, a pharmacy, a deli and groceries, the release stated.
The grand-opening celebration includes presentations of $8,000 in grants from Wal-Mart to local community groups. Recipients of grants include Boy Scouts of America, Bleckley County Sheriff’s Office, Cochran Police Department, Cochran-Bleckley Chamber of Commerce, Communities in Schools of Cochran/Bleckley Co. & Family Connection Community Partnership Inc., Pilot Club of Cochran, Princesses with a Purpose Inc. and St. Michael Commandery #43.
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The store manager is Archie Swain, who began his Wal-Mart career in 1983 as an hourly shelf stocker in Alabama.
On Saturday, the store will celebrate from noon until 3 p.m. with a “Big Family Welcome” to give customers a chance to meet Swain and enjoy family activities and free food samples while supplies last.
Bentonville, Arkansas-based Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has more than 10,800 stores in 27 countries. It employs more than 2.2 million people worldwide.
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