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Newly constructed Walmart almost finished, shelves starting to be stocked

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) -- Cardboard boxes are being unloaded at the new Walmart location on Memorial Parkway. Slowly but surely, the shelves are starting to fill up.

"We have hired a lot of new associates so this is their first time working in retail and they`re getting hands on experience," said Tonia Robinson-Coonrod, the Walmart store manager. "They`re starting from the ground up so there`s a lot of excitement."

Robinson-Coonrod has worked for Walmart for 19 years. She's been a store manager for four. She told WHNT News 19 that she's ready to make the move from the store at the corner of Drake Avenue to the brand new facility across the road. "One thing that makes us different from the other stores is that we have a drive through pharmacy," she said. "So the customers can drive around and pick their prescriptions up on the side of the building."

The Drake Avenue location will close a few days before the grand opening on October 15th. That's when Robinson-Coonrod says the employees there will get to switch locations. "That's right," she said. "We still have to keep that one running so everyone could not just up and leave."

There's still a lot of hard work left to do before the doors open on Oct. 15th. However, it's been a whirlwind from the start and it doesn't seem anyone is slowing down anytime soon. "Once they put the walls up, it was on from there," she said. "I mean, it happened quick. And then last week we took possession so when I walked in the doors, there was nothing in this building. The associates actually came in, put fixtures up, labeled the counters, and this week we`re receiving freight so from nothing to something, it really gives you a good feeling."

Robinson-Coonrod said most of the positions at the new Walmart have already been filled but there are still a few available. For information on how to apply, follow this link. 


  • Michaelangelo

    I’ve been less than impressed at the level of service at the Walmart on Drake. If they’re simply transferring over all employees to this new location, I’ll stick with Target/Publix. May be a little more expensive, but at least I know I can find help if I need it.

  • Nuclear Mike

    “They`re starting from the ground up so there`s a lot of excitement.”…there is NO excitement about a new Mom & Pop Killer Store like WalMart opening up to destroy our local tax base that the Mom & Pop’s provide for our community.

    • Branko Pezdi

      And you can provide examples of ALLLLLLL of these “Mom & Pops” that pay SOOOOOOO much in taxes and employ SOOOOOOO many people! I’m sure you shop exclusively at all these “Mom & Pop” stores – like everone else does – because they provide SOOOOOO much variety and such competitive prices. Then you go to the stable down the road to get your wagon wheels fixed and horses taken care of, right?

  • Tommythunderball

    The ‘new’ Wal-Mart will perpetuate the ‘old’ policies of low wages and no employee benefits which permits half of their workforce to draw public assistance paid for by other taxpayers. I live within walking distance of this Wal-Mart but will drive further to support our local businesses.

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