Cochran Walmart almost complete; third of its kind in the country

Cochran Walmart almost complete; third of its kind in the country

The smaller version of a "supercenter" is set to open its doors in August.
COCHRAN, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) -In a few weeks, residents in Cochran will be able to get all of their shopping done a little closer to home. 

Walmart is opening its doors in August. 

As the shelves get packed up, sales associates are getting more excited. 

Maggie Corley is from Cochran, born and raised. She says the opportunity to not only work, but shop closer to home is more convenient. 

"We always have to go to Eastman or Dublin in order to go to Walmart and get what we need," Corley said. 

She and operations manager Penny Page agree residents are looking forward to the store's opening. 

"The support that we have had from people in the community has just been amazing," Page said. 

In a few short months, contractors built the 70,000 square feet building. Page says it's a smaller version of a "supercenter." She adds it's even more efficient.

"This is a 'supercenter.' It's only the third one like it in the company to open up," Page said. 

She says in her 25 years with the company, she's most excited about opening up the store in Cochran. 

The Walmart is bringing more than 160 jobs to the area. Page thinks it's a big boost for the local economy, and for employees who are transferring to work closer to home. 

"We transfer them here. So they're also going to be able to save money so that they'll be able to live better," Page said.

Customers will be able to buy produce, clothing, sporting goods, even guns at the new location. 

"It's a one stop shop. They'll be able to get anything they need right here at Walmart," Page said. 

For Corley, it's a bit of relief. Something she says she's looking forward to the most. 

"It's a lot more, just, efficient for the area. We don't have to travel as much to get our needs met," Corley said. 

According to management, the store is in its last phase before they can open, and they're still hiring. 

The Cochran Walmart is scheduled to open on August 13. 

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