Wal-Mart in Marietta is closing; company ‘hopeful’ to keep 65 workers

(File photo)

(File photo)

If you get groceries or pick up prescriptions from the Wal-Mart on Powder Springs Street in Marietta, bad news.

The neighborhood market is slated to close at 7 p.m. March 3, said Phillip Keene, Wal-Mart’s director of communications for the Southeast.

“The decision is not made lightly,” he said.

The closing comes after what Keene called a standard review process that includes looking at the store’s financial performance and the company’s “strategic alignment for the long-term.”

“We’re constantly reviewing … all these criteria internally,” Keene said, declining to explain the review process further.

He said the company leases the property, 1167 Powder Springs St., and is still figuring out what to do with the building.

There are eight other stores within a few miles, Keene said, not only for customers but the stores 65 employees.

He said the company is going to try to move the workers to the other location.