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Classic Cullman / y’all listen up Walmart Manager Joey Childress summed it up when he told a crowd at the second store’s grand opening: “Between the distribution center and store on the south side, Cullman is a ‘Walmart town.’ You’ve embraced us. We’re proud to be here and thank you for allowing us to come.” years, welcoming new retailers to the community with a lively frequency. The City of Cullman is well postioned DVDʏUVWSUHIHUHQFHUHJLRQDOVKRSping destination not only for Cullman County’s 80,000-plus residents, but for residents from several rural counties whose major roads point most directly — and most appealingly — to Cullman. Several decades and growth spurts removed from the retailer’s local beginnings, Cullman now boasts two of the state’s busiest Walmarts — one in the south business district and another, newer version in the city’s north end. They both stay pleasantly full of shoppers. /RFDOHFRQRPLFGHYHORSPHQWRIʏFLDOV who’ve won their share of accolades for bringing Cullman to the fore of both industrial and retail recruitment, believe that’s a trend that will continue. And as it does, Walmart will be poised at the city’s major gateways to ZHOFRPHȆDQGEHQHʏWIURPȆQHZ residents and visitors. In addition to the two Super Centers anchoring the city, Walmart’s distribution center employs hundreds of residents — and has employed thousands over the years. Longtime employees KDYHHQMR\HGWKHEHQHʏWRIWKHFRPpany’s long growth trajectory, with dozens of career Walmart associates becoming millionaires on the strength of the company’s stock growth. cullman now boasts two of the state’s busiest walmarts Located on Alabama Highway 157, the new Walmart Super Center staffed 300 new jobs when its 189,543 square-foot campus opened. The city of Cullman anticipated the impact the new develRSPHQWZRXOGKDYHRQORFDOWUDIʏFDQG sunk its resources in shaping the area’s infrastructure to accommodate not only the new Super Center, but all the satellite development it attracts. “Thirty-one years ago, Sam Walton ʐHZRYHU&XOOPDQVDZDOOWKHFKLFNHQ houses, and thought it reminded him of Arkansas,” Townson said. “Then he decided to build his distribution center here. We’re proud of Walmart.” Cullman has grown steadily in recent classic 2016.indd 77 the cullman times Cullman Mayor Max Townson said Walmart’s second local store is really the culmination of a relationship that started decades ago, when the compaQ\ʏUVWGHFLGHGWRSODFHLWVGLVWULEXtion center in the heart of Cullman’s still-burgeoning industrial zone. 6KRSSHUVख़RFNWKURXJK the doors of Cullman’s QHZ:DOPDUW6XSHUFHQWHU on Alabama 157 during the November 2015 grand opening. 8/31/2016 10:36:50 AM