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Super Walmart coming to
City of Delafield — There is a likely to be a super Walmart open for
The Common Council gave final approval Monday night for a 25,000-square-foot addition to be built onto the existing Walmart at Heritage and
Most of the addition will be devoted to construction of a new, full-service grocery store that will be part of a total remodeling of both the interior and the exterior of the store.
"It will look like a new store when it is all done," said Project Manager Kerry Hardin of R.A. Smith National of Brookfield, planners and engineers for the project.
Hardin said officials of the Arkansas-based retail giant will seek bids this week for contractors for the project that they anticipate having completed by the end of 2011.
It has taken the project nearly a year to wind its way through the city approval process.
Walmart representatives have told city officials they decided to convert the existing store into a super Walmart after they determined the 20-year-old facility required extensive interior and exterior remodeling.
The biggest obstacle to city approval was an ongoing discussion between Walmart engineers and architects and the city planning staff over the redesign of the freight delivery docks on the west side of the building.
Approval of the project at Monday night's special meeting of the Common Council ended a short-lived experiment into having only one meeting per month during the summer.
Mayor Ed McAleer and City Administrator Tim Schuenke suggested last month that the council could cut back on its scheduled meetings to one per month during the summer because there is often a lack of items on the twice-monthly meeting agendas during June, July and August.
Shortly after the council agreed and scheduled its next meeting for Aug. 2, Walmart officials and city planning staff indicated they were ready to present the project for final approval.
Walmart asked the council to act quickly on the matter so it could submit the project for competitive bids this week in an effort to have most of the work completed by Christmas 2011.
McAleer said the Walmart experience, along with some other pending projects and city issues, convinced him that once-a-month meetings during the summer was probably unrealistic.
McAleer and Schuenke added that they will postpone council meetings whenever there are not enough agenda items to justify continuing with a regularly scheduled session of the council, which occasionally occurs.