Store draws crowd: Shoppers come from local region

Published 2:21 pm Monday, November 3, 2008

By By Lydia Grimes -features reporter
Customers were lined up with their shopping carts at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday when longtime Brewton Walmart employees cut the ribbon at the new Supercenter on U.S. 31.
Dignitaries from corporate headquarters as well as more than 150 new employees were on hand to join those Walmart employees from the old store.
Eager customers quickly scattered around the huge store as soon as the ribbon was cut. The amount of space was able to handle many customers and employees without any crowding.
Brewton city officials have said the new store will draw shoppers from the region - and many of the first customers proved that theory to be true.
Tina Dykes, a Riverview resident, said she was excited about the new store.
Debbie Cayson, who traveled from Flomaton to visit the new store, said she has been going to Pensacola to the Walmart Supercenter.
Doris Cooper was shopping in the new store Wednesday and was aided by JoAnn Cooper, who is an employee at Walmart.
Doris said she was excited to get to see the new store. “I think this is a good opportunity for the town,” she said.
Donna Mitchell, who is from East Brewton, said she will not be traveling out of town to shop as much anymore.