The newest Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market is projected to open Oct. 15 at 3101 Roswell Road, which is about about 2½ miles away from Johnson Ferry Road.
Wal-Mart officials said it will be the fourth Neighborhood Market to open in Cobb County, and the store will be the second largest in the state at 50,000 square feet.
Veterans who have been honorably discharged within the last 12 months and meet the corporation’s hiring standards, are guaranteed a job offer within the company, said Katie Cody, a Wal-Mart spokesperson.
“We know that in the next five years, one million active members will transition back into civilian life, so we think it’s important … to find ways to support those veterans,” she said.
Bill Wright, the manager of Veterans of Foreign Wars post 5408 in Acworth, said Wal-Mart is “a good start for veterans,” adding he thought the initiative to hire veterans is “an excellent idea.”
“Depending on what they did in the service, (veterans) could be a manager at Wal-Mart or work in any department,” Wright said.
Cody said veterans should apply at www.walmartcareerswithamission.com.
And while some veterans may get prerogative, Chad Harris, who will be the new Neighborhood Market store manager, said he encourages everyone to apply.
Harris said positions at the new store range from cashiers and overnight stockers to assistant managers, hourly supervisors and customer service representatives.
The Acworth resident said he started working for Wal-Mart as a cashier when he was a sophomore in high school and has been employed by the company for 15 years.
Neighborhood Markets have been in Georgia for a year, Harris said, and he likes introducing the concept to people.
“Being able to shop in the Neighborhood Market for your basic needs — food or basic items — without having to go to the Supercenter ... it’s great to have an alternative option and be part of that,” he said.
He said Wal-Mart listens to the community’s wants, and gave examples of how some of its grocery stores offer an expanded gluten-free section or more organic items.
Those interested in applying to work at the Neighborhood Market can apply at a temporary hiring center in the East Lake Shopping Plaza at 2145 Roswell Road, Suite 60 Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. People can also look for jobs online at careers.walmart.com.
Most new hires will begin work in September to help prepare the store for its grand opening. Once open, the store will be open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.