Another Wal-Mart Supercenter is getting close to opening its doors in Tyler, while an older location closes for good. But not before a big sale. For the last 24 hours of the Wal-Mart on Troup Highway south of Loop 323, a large part of what's left on the shelves is on sale.
"We're trying to remove any clearance items from this store so the new store can start fresh and clean," says interim manager of the existing store, Steve Tucker.
At that location is something you don't usually see at Wal-Mart, some empty shelves. But with millions of dollars of merchandise still left, it's all got to go somewhere.
"The merchandise -- as the product sells in the new store, we'll move this merchandise into that store," he says.
They'd rather not move it all, since it's a time-consuming, expensive process, so the sales are on until they turn out the lights Tuesday at 6 p.m.
Down the street, furious work will continue.
"It took us about two months to build the building and it took six weeks to get to the process you see today," says new Supercenter manager Sherre Fry.
The new Supercenter at Shiloh and Troup will be the largest in East Texas, and the rush continues to stock the shelves and the counters before Wednesday morning. It has more than 200,000 feet of space.
"This is our sixth week of getting it ready to go. It's a constant battle. You're constantly trying to keep things up, bringing in merchandise. You're always going to have problems come up," says co-manager Ray Brown.
Many of these associates will work here, but others came from other locations to help. Around the clock, the work has continued, but it's almost over. There will be time for just a little celebration.
"We'll probably all just shout for joy," Brown says.
Others will take a quick breather.
"Go home and get some sleep, but it's worth it," says Clinesha Smith, who will work in the menswear section.
The old Wal-Mart discount store closes at 6 p.m. Tuesday night. The new one down the street at Shiloh and Troup opens at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday. And while what's in this store will shift over to the new one, there's a 30 day time limit. Then everything has to be hauled out.