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TALLASSEE, AL (WSFA) -

There is nothing like the sound of more traffic to suggest the business climate is getting hotter during these summer months in Tallassee.

Jeanna Kervin chuckles at the fact the old Walmart is said to be one of the smallest, if not the smallest in the Southeast, but not for long. And it's no laughing matter when you factor in some real numbers expected from the new Walmart not far away.

"The new store will nearly triple the workforce which means revenues could triple for the city," said Kervin.

The new Walmart has just been built and it's twice as big, a total of 150 people will work there, up from 60 at the old Walmart. Kervin says when you add it up you're talking about some nice dividends for the city.

"This is a big deal for the area because until this new one was built many of your areas in Elmore and Tallapoosa Counties had been underserved," said Kervin.

The new Walmart is at least a month away from opening and already it's having an impact on future developments on Highway 14 leading into the city.

Mary Carter is right smack dab in the middle of it. Carter is renting a home next door and tells WSFA 12 News the property owner has told her and her husband they will have to move soon.

It will be their third move in 5 years. "We understand. The people of Tallassee needed this and plus it's prime real estate," said Carter.

Kervin says she has no idea what kind of development might take place on the land Carter is living on. The property is up for sale.

As for the old store Kervin plans to encourage Tallassee city leaders to convert it into a civic center, an idea that's down the road.

The new show in town is just around the corner.

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