Though construction has already begun, the official journey of Headland's new Wal-Mart Express began last Friday with ceremonies at the site.
Headland Mayor Ray Marler and Henry County Probate Judge/Commission Chairman David Money, wielding golden shovels, broke ground on the project. They were joined by a group of area Wal-Mart managers and Headland officials.
Both Marler and Money shared their excitement about the new addition to the local economy. They thanked Wal-Mart for having faith in Headland and Henry County, saying presence of such a quality company would be a boon to the economy and job market.
"The store is going to employ 20-25," said Wal-Mart Marketing Assistant Carolyn Broadwater. "It will have a pharmacy, gas station, and a selection of groceries and general merchandise. This is going to be a good thing for the city. It's going to generate tax dollars for the county and the city."
Though announcements have been made by other local cities of Wal-Mart Express locations coming, Ms. Broadwater emphasized the Headland store would be "the first Wal-Mart Express in the state of Alabama to be opening." A target date of late September-early October has been set.