APPLE VALLEY – Town of Apple Valley officials excitedly announced on Thursday the relocation of the current Walmart store to a new location that will accommodate a new and larger Walmart Supercenter.
The current location on Highway 18 near Dale Evans Parkway is approximately 100,000 square feet, leaving limited space for the goods that local residents may require or desire.
“A larger store can provide local residents with more choices for grocery and consumer items,” said Mayor Scott Nassif. “Too many of our residents must often drive out of town to find these items. This will help keep jobs and dollars local, including sales tax dollars which go toward fixing roads and funding public safety.” The new location is 227,000 square feet and although there was a lengthy legal challenge, the Town officials signed for the new location on Dale Evans Parkway near Thunderbird Road.
The new facility will become part of the Town’s Development Code and Apple Valley’s Commercial Specific Plan 30 days following the signing that took place at the October 24th council meeting. Town officials said that the former Lowe’s building is less than 150,000 square feet, which is not large enough for a Supercenter. “We know the owners of the neighboring retail centers and buildings, including the former Lowe’s building, have long awaited the return of this project,” said Interim Town Manager Lori Lamson. “Walmart’s ability to draw consumers has a positive effect on nearby properties and gives them greater opportunity to attract other retailers and restaurants to fill nearby vacant space—just consider the retail growth surrounding each of the other locations in our neighboring communities.”
Walmart officials are working on selling the current building. The new Walmart Supercenter will provide growth for Apple Valley’s Commercial Specific Plan and offer residents the accessibility, prices, and furnishings of other Supercenter stores.
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