Atmore Walmart not closing

Published 11:54 am Friday, January 15, 2016

A Walmart official said this morning that the Atmore store will not be closing.

Walmart stores Inc. announced earlier this morning that it had plans to close 269 Neighborhood Market grocery stores in the United States and globally.

In Alabama, there will be nine express locations closed, which include Headland, Ashford, Slocomb, Abbeville, Gurley, Snead and New Hope. The Supercenter in Fairfield will also close.

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In October 2015, the company said an active review of the portfolio was underway to ensure assets were aligned with strategy. Today’s action follows a thorough review of Walmart’s nearly 11,600 worldwide stores that took into account a number of factors, including financial performance as well as strategic alignment with long-term plans. In total, the impacted stores represent less than 1 percent of both global square footage and revenue, according to a press release.

While the closings are numerous, there are several more stores Walmart plans to open in Alabama this year.

In fact, six new stores are opening this month in Alabama, all neighborhood market grocery stores, not the small format stores that are being closed.

The closing date for the Alabama stores is Jan. 28.