They came in droves — high school students, retirees, young moms, the unemployed — all for a shot at a job at a new Wal-Mart on Memorial Drive in central DeKalb County.
In just two days, and with virtually no advertising or even any signs, a staggering 7,500 people filled out applications for one of the 350 to 400 available jobs.
Delois Zeigler was among those who packed a meeting room Tuesday at Saint Philips AME Church near Avondale Estates, hoping to soon be wearing Wal-Mart’s trademark blue uniform.
“I need a job,” said Zeigler, who has held temporary cleaning and cooking jobs since moving to metro Atlanta two months ago. “I’m open to anything.”
Although Wal-Mart often draws more than 1,000 applicants in one day, store manager Henry Greene said the turnout for the Memorial Drive site was stunning.
“When I arrived Monday morning and saw people lined up down the hill, it was absolutely frightening,” he said. “To see that many people, I was like, ‘Oh my goodness.’ I was very happy.”
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