A suspicious package found inside the Wal-Mart near the Big Chicken led authorities to evacuate customers and employees at midday Wednesday, though the package was determined to be empty and the store was reopened at about 3 p.m.
The store called Marietta police about 11:41 a.m. Wednesday to report the discovery, with the evacuation of the entire building called by law enforcement some time before 1 p.m. after authorities kept expanding the evacuation distance around the package to cover the entire building, said Officer Brittany Wallace, spokeswoman for Marietta Police.
An alert sent by the department at 12:45 p.m. advised that the public avoid the area around the Cobb Parkway store for the next hour.
By about 1 p.m., a robot from Cobb police’s bomb squad had been sent into the building to investigate the package.
After the store was evacuated, a number Wal-Mart employees stood or sat in the parking lot waiting for the building to be cleared, while a number of their coworkers took the time to walk to the nearby Chickfil-A for food and drink.