Neighborhood Markets open in two small towns
By Karen Hall
"Now Dougie Worsham can buy a bag of potatoes in Cornersville," exclaimed Mayor Amos Davis as he paid for a bag of potatoes at the newly opened Walmart Neighborhood Market Wednesday morning. It has been about 15 years since Worsham complained to Davis there was nowhere to buy a bag of potatoes in the small town at the south end of the county, and Davis and Town Administrator Taylor Brandon have been working behind the scenes to get a grocery retailer into town for a long time.
"I am so appreciative of Walmart coming to Cornersville, Tennessee," said Davis. "This is near and dear to my heart."
Before Davis cut the ribbon and people surged into the store to see what they could buy, there was a ceremony which included the presentation of checks to Cornersville High School, Cornersville Elementary School, and the police department. Shelby Lee Lowe sang the national anthem, Boy Scouts and members of the Tennessee National Guard presented the colors, and Cornersville cheerleaders gave a special Walmart cheer.
Manager Bruce DiMarco said he stared his career with Walmart nine and a half years ago in Lewisburg, and now has his own store to manage, employing about 30 people, mostly from the local community. The employees have been working long hours in recent weeks, getting the store ready for the opening, and they started at 4 a.m. Wednesday to have everything perfect for the grand opening at 7:30.
"We had 17 days to get it right," DiMarco said. "We made it happen. Thank you for letting us come into your community."