Work underway for Carthage Walmart Store
BY JOHN CHAPPELL
Going, going, gone are trees, shrubs, an old house and anything else in Walmart's way in Carthage.
The lot where a Walmart Express store will stand has been being cleared of structures, bushes, shrubs, weeds and trees.
One century-old tree - its branches spreading widely from its old stand at the corner of the lot - had to go. That it was "home" to a relatively rare variety of fern was not enough to save it - the N.C. Department of Transportation gave the go-ahead to take it down.
That was not as easy a job as expected. It came to ground piece by piece. First, the outer and upper branches were trimmed off. For a few days it looked as if this might have been done with an eye to leaving the main trunk and certain limbs with the tree in survivable condition.
Later, crews continued cutting until only the trunk and a few thick stubs remained. The following day, the tree had vanished entirely, stump and all. By then the open lot was taking shape. Walmart Express will face N.C. 24/27 on a corner by The Flying Tiger Chinese Restaurant and across the highways from McDonald's.
Parking will be at the front of the store, with trucks delivering by entry at the rear for unloading at a back corner dock on the side. Further back, Walmart's property includes two more lots expected to be made available for other businesses.
Its biggest competition will not be low-price chains like Fred's, Dollar General or Family Dollar but supermarkets like the nearby Food Lion and new Food Lion and Harris Teeter stores on N.C. 22. The big emphasis - about 85 percent of stock - will be groceries in the new store.
You won't find an electronic section with flat-screen TVs, but you can buy one using the Web instead. Items ordered online from walmart.com will be able to be delivered for pickup here, saving residents a trip to Aberdeen, Sanford or Troy stores or costs for home delivery. There will be a kiosk for Web shopping inside the store at the front.
This may not look like an experiment, but it is. While the new Walmart Express will sport the familiar name and asterisk logo, the usual tan and yellow color scheme, it is only a fraction of the size of the company's super-centers: 15,000 square feet compared with more than 100,000. North Carolina is one of three areas where this express concept is being tested.
Application forms for jobs are online, but not at the main Walmart website or any of the job applications kiosks in the super-centers. A special site is the one to use: http://walmartcommunity.com/north-carolina. Available jobs include part-time pharmacy tech, part-time service associates and full-time supervisor positions.
The store is expected to open in mid-November.
Contact John Chappell at (910) 783-5841 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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