The Walmart Neighborhood Market at Prince Street in Conway is set to open this summer, the store’s manager said Monday.

The location for the smaller grocery and pharmacy store near Conway High School and residential neighborhoods was a topic of controversy in council meetings about one year ago.

With council amendments to hours and the building’s street appearance, the ordinance for Walmart to proceed with the store was approved.

Electricity has been turned on in the building, refrigerators are in and workers were constructing offices and restrooms Monday.

"It’s coming along nice. The light fixtures are up, and we’re doing quite well," said Dayton Noel, store manager.

In a press release issued Thursday, Walmart announced 90 jobs within the store.

Hiring began Monday of last week, Noel said.

Noel said available positions are in the deli and bakery, maintenance, overnight stocking, inventory, pharmacy sales, pharmacy technician, consumable sales and cashier positions are also waiting to be filled.

Hiring is taking place at the existing Walmart store at 1155 Skyline Drive.

Inquire in the Site-to-Store area.

Noel said Neighborhood Markets are stocked with grocery and convenience items. There will also be a pharmacy, he said.

"The Neighborhood Market is designed for the customer that loves to be able to get in, do their shopping, and get out…It’s for the customer who wants to be able to find everything on a grocery list without the big store environment," said Noel.

The store is 41,000 square feet.

Operation hours will be between 6 a.m. to midnight.

Walmart representatives agreed to the operation hours in a June meeting last year and promised to zone an outparcel of land as commercial-2 only for a proposed Chik-Fil-A.

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