CUMMING, Ga. — A new Walmart that opened last week received a great welcome from the community.
There was barely a parking spot open — 721 available.
“I think the word’s getting out,” said Zane McCusker, Walmart’s store manager. “People see the full parking lot and are drawn into it.”
McCusker, of Johns Creek, said that opening in the beginning of summer and the end of the school year was ideal timing.
The new 177,000-square-foot Super Walmart location, which marks Forsyth County’s third, plans to serve Johns Creek, Suwanee and Cumming residents. Other locations in Forsyth are at Market Place Boulevard in Cumming and Atlanta Highway in Alpharetta.
Walmart operates 11,302 stores under 71 banners in 27 countries and e-commerce websites in 10 countries.
The new store has about 280 part-time and full-time employees with about 10 percent being war veterans.
“One of the big initiatives we had was actively pursuing vets and having positions for them,” McCusker said.
In addition, many well-experienced associates have joined the company, which started hiring in February.
“Some of the individuals I met during the hiring process, I was like ‘wow,’” said McCusker, who has been with Walmart for 14 years.
Some of the highlights in the new store include a vast organic and locally grown produce section; a unique electronics department and an energy saving building.
A mixed-paint section, ammunition, fabric cutting and key counters, which many Walmart stores have shied away from in recent years, are available at the new location.
“These are considered heritage departments for the company,” McCusker said.
A pharmacy, a garden center and vision center are also offered at the new location in addition to a Subway restaurant and a hair and nail salon. There is no auto center at this location.
During the opening, McCusker presented area schools and veterans’ groups with charitable donations, totaling $5,000 in grants.
“I want our community to see us as an option and to come here to fill all of their needs, especially into the summer,” McCusker said. “Whether it’s grilling or gardening, I want the community to see us as a solution to save money.”
For more information, visit the Walmart Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/walmart4185 or www.walmart.com.
At a glance:
• Location: 2395 Peachtree Parkway, Cumming
• Size: Approximately 177,000 square feet
• Store manager: Zane McCusker
• Hours: 6 a.m. to midnight, seven days a week