Walmart Supercenter project on target

GLOVERSVILLE – The Walmart Supercenter construction project is progressing and still on target for a mid-August opening, an attorney for the retailer told the Common Council.

“It’s a hive of activity,” attorney Leslie Mauro said at Tuesday’s meeting at City Hall.

Walmart officials have said the new store will open by mid-August, although Mauro didn’t want to be pinned down to an exact date.

After her update, Mayor Dayton King told the council he talked to Walmart officials and he heard Aug. 14 was the date.

Bast-Hatfield Construction of Clifton Park is leading construction of the new 157,100-square-foot Walmart Supercenter at the end of South Kingsboro Avenue. The Walmart store on Fifth Avenue Extension will close upon the opening of the supercenter, officials have said.

“The building is just about done,” Mauro said.

The new store will create 85 new jobs, adding to the 170 employees at the existing store on Fifth Avenue Extension, Walmart spokeswoman Amanda Henneberg said recently.

Mauro said Walmart has provided City Attorney Anthony Casale with copies of a prepared resolution related to the project.

King said Wednesday the resolution is likely related to roads dedicated to the city for the project.

Mauro said there are some items “left to do” related to the construction project, but nothing that would hold up the project. She said her office also is working with Casale on water main issues.

She said she would contact the council about further details related to the dedication of the building once it is finalized.

Mauro said throughout the project, all interested agencies have been kept in the loop. She said “changes have been made as needed.”

“Everything looks good,” Casale told Mauro. “It’s been a pleasure working with you guys.”

Once he has all the legal information he needs, Casale said he will email King and the council.

In a related matter, city Transit Manager Bill Walrath told the council he’s anxious to find out the opening date for the supercenter.

He said it “certainly impacts” potential city bus runs he’s trying to arrange for the store.

“We have a route I think we’re going to go with,” King said.

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