Walmart stores bring more than convenience to rural Madison County

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MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Walmart stores have been popping up all around Huntsville and Madison County, but all stores are not equal.

In rural Madison county, the stores are obviously convenient.

“I think it`s going to be a quality of life issue where people have time to run and shop real quick, get what they need, go back home and not have to drive 5 or 10 miles to get where they normally have to,” said Phil Vandiver, District 4 Commissioner.

However, commissioners see a bigger picture. More dollars being spent in unincorporated Madison County means more sales tax revenue for county schools.

“That`s one of the great things I`m happy about. Those tax dollars stay in Madison County and help Madison County school systems, so we`re really excited about that and look forward to working with them and hope they`re very successful so we can have a better school system,” said Vandiver.

On Monday morning, the commission approved an alcoholic beverage license for the soon-to-open Walmart Neighborhood Market in Monrovia. It will open on January 7th.

Currently there are two Walmart Neighborhood Market stores in Gurley and New Hope. Once the Walmart Super Center opens in Hazel Green in March, there will be a store in all three rural districts.