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September 4, 2013

Walmart construction to begin within next month

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Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — All this time, Walmart wasn't always clear with the town on what was happening with the site. But now that there seems to be a rough timeline for construction, what the town hopes for with the supercenter is clear.

The Walmart Supercenter is a major component of the town's Transit North Historic Canalway Corridor. Transit North is an eight-mile stretch of retail shopping from Main Street in the City of Lockport to Tonawanda Creek Road in Pendleton. The corridor's goal is to turn South Transit into a major retail center, drawing locals who currently shop elsewhere, as well as tourists.

A Walmart Supercenter would act as an anchor store, which is a retail store that generates a great deal of traffic and attracts business to the shopping center in which it is located. The act is referred to as shadow boxing.

Lockport’s 185,209 square-foot supercenter will replace the current Walmart, located less than half a mile south of the mall site on South Transit Road. There are about 200 people working at the existing store.

Town officials have said there are parties interested in occupying the old Walmart site. Smith said Wednesday at least one department store has expressed interest.

Contact reporter Joe Olenick at 439-9222, ext. 6241 or follow him on Twitter @joeolenick.

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