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Walmart Neighborhood Market in Gulfport to open Jan. 13

Crews work to landscape the property at the new Gulfport Walmart Neighborhood Market. (Photo source: WLOX News) Crews work to landscape the property at the new Gulfport Walmart Neighborhood Market. (Photo source: WLOX News)
Walmart has provided a wider turn lane eastbound on Pass Road to accommodate school buses turning south onto Anniston Avenue. (Photo source: WLOX News) Walmart has provided a wider turn lane eastbound on Pass Road to accommodate school buses turning south onto Anniston Avenue. (Photo source: WLOX News)
Store manager Suzie Jabbia works with an employee to help stock shelves at the new Walmart Neighborhood Market on Pass Road in Gulfport. (Photo source: WLOX News) Store manager Suzie Jabbia works with an employee to help stock shelves at the new Walmart Neighborhood Market on Pass Road in Gulfport. (Photo source: WLOX News)
GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) -

The opening date for the new Walmart Neighborhood Market in Gulfport isn't until Jan. 13, but employees are hustling hard to get property landscaped, shelves stocked and low prices set.

Some of that work is to answer incessant questions from the public.

“Every day they’re really excited about it,” said Suzie Jabbia, store manager. “They’re coming into the parking lot when we’re coming in to work in the daytime asking, ‘When you guys opening? Are you open?’ So, I feel like this community is really excited.”

So are associates like Kimberly Babin, a 13-year veteran of the Walmart Supercenters on the Coast.

“It’ll be nice working in a smaller store, where we can serve the customers a lot better,” Babin said. “I’m very excited. I can’t wait to get this store open and meet all the customers in the area.”

When it opens, the store will be the second Neighborhood Market on Pass Road, joining the one on U.S. 49 and another planned on Popp’s Ferry Road.

In addition to having a gas station with a convenience store, the market will also offer a daily pizza bar and sell fishing licenses.

“The concept of the neighborhood market is to give you that convenience to be able to pick up those few items that you need here and there every day," said Jabbia. 

Already one of the busiest intersections on Pass Road, the new store is expected to cause an additional problem with traffic. Traffic counts done by Gulf Regional Planning in 2012 indicate the section of Pass Road near Anniston Avenue has 27,781 cars/trucks a day.

However, Walmart has addressed several concerns that city officials believe will help.

The turning lane for eastbound traffic has been widened to accommodate school buses turning south onto Anniston Avenue, and sidewalks on Pass Road and Anniston Ave. have been installed.

In turn, the city will install a left turn signal for traffic heading west on Pass Road turning south onto Anniston.

The new Walmart is just a little more 41,000 square feet and will employ about 100 employees.

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