HUNTSVILLE, Ala.(WHNT)-Walmart executives have announced that a new store in Hazel Green will bring in roughly 200 jobs to northern Madison County.
Walmart spokesman Glen Wilkins confirmed the news at Wednesday’s meeting of the Madison County Commission.
“It [Hazel Green] is somewhere we know our customers are driving from,” said Wilkins. “We wanted to make it easier for them to access affordable foods, affordable products.”
Walmart said it will open the doors on its latest Supercenter no later than the first quarter of 2015. Company officials did not rule out the possibility that the store would be open in time for Christmas.
Concerns over traffic have been raised by some Hazel Green residents, but county commissioners and Walmart said they’re confident that roadway problems will not be an issue when the store opens. Besides the main entrance off Highway 231, the company said there will be three additional access points off of Charity Lane, a two-lane road that many say is in desperate need of widening.
“We can widen it some to the south, but we also need to widen it to the north,” said Madison County Commissioner Roger Jones, who represents Hazel Green. “If we can five-lane Charity Lane it will make it a lot safer.”
Commissioners said they continue to negotiate with landowners on Charity Lane, who would have to sign off on any widening project.
The Alabama Department of Transportation said the Walmart development is not big enough to warrant a traffic light by the planned entrance on Highway 231.