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

2:43 p.m Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017 Cobb County
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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.

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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.

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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.