CAMILLA, Ga. -- Retail giant Wal-Mart is preparing its new Camilla store for a grand opening on Jan. 23 with the relocation of goods and services from one of its oldest stores to one of its newest.
Construction of a new 75,000-square-foot store is nearly done, Wal-Mart officials say, and store leadership is busy making plans for a grand opening early in 2013.
"With major construction complete on this store, we are now headed into the home stretch for our grand opening," store manager Kimberly Alexander said. "Next steps are to complete the landscaping and interior cosmetic touchups and continue associate training. We are proud of our new store and look forward to welcoming members of the Camilla community when it opens."
The store will take the place of Camilla's previous Walmart store, which was aging and small.
The new store, while larger, is part of a new format of Walmart stores that are smaller than most of the chain's supercenters, which are typically around 185,000 square feet, and discount stores, which are around 106,000 square feet, but larger than Walmart Neighborhood Market, which are about 38,000 square feet.
Walmart will employ 145 people when the doors open to the new Camilla facility, including 65 new employees.
In Georgia, Wal-Mart employs more than 52,400 associates, bought more than $11.5 billion in goods from suppliers and paid more than $92 million in taxes in 2012.
There are currently 167 retail units in Georgia, according to the Walmart website.