3/26/2013 8:46:00 AM Walmart secures permit for Prescott Valley location
Cars fill the parking lot of the Highway 69 Walmart in Prescott.
File photo courtesy Matt Hinshaw
Ken Hedler Special to the Tribune
It has been six years in the making, but Walmart is now ready to build its supercenter here, town officials announced Monday.
And when Walmart opens next March, it will join two Walmart supercenters that opened in Prescott: one off Highway 69 and Prescott Lakes Parkway, and the other off Gail Gardner Way and Iron Springs Road.
Walmart, based in Bentonville, Ark., hired Greeley, Colo.-based Roche Constructors to build the 160,000-square-foot supercenter on 19.5 acres at the southwest intersection of Glassford Hill Road and Lakeshore Drive.
Representatives from the Las Vegas office of Roche picked up the building permit Monday at the Civic Center, the town's permit technician, Julia Bowers, said. She said the future building is valued at $13.2 million.
"They will be bringing all their equipment in by the end of the week," Bowers said. She added Roche is due to finish construction next February and turn it over to Walmart, which will hire and train staff before opening the supercenter in March 2014.
Wade Pope, vice president of operations, western region for Roche, was unavailable for comment Monday regarding the Walmart project.
Walmart headquarters staff referred calls to Director of Communication Delia Garcia, who was unavailable for comment Monday as well.
Walmart gained approval from the Town Council in July 2006 to rezone land that the Fain family owned. However, union-backed opponents qualified a referendum for the town-wide ballot for March 2007 to try to overturn the decisions by both the council and the Planning and Zoning Commission, which recommended approval.
Walmart and its supporters prevailed by a wide margin at the polls in March 2007 with voter approval of Proposition 400 reaffirming the rezoning decisions.
The ballot measure temporarily slowed Walmart's plans to build the store, but the Great Recession began in late 2007, and apparently caused further delays.
With the economy slowly improving, Garcia told the Courier in July 2011 that Walmart planned to open the store during the first quarter of this year.
Prescott Valley's economic development manager, Greg Fister, expressed delight Monday that the delays are coming to an end.
"It's been a long time coming, and we certainly welcome the company's multi-million-dollar investment in the community," Fister said. "The economy went south big time. That was the big issue.
"I think overall it will have a positive impact," Fister said. "We need the money to stay in the community, the money that is (now) leaving the community" to shop elsewhere.
Fister said other retailers have expressed interest in setting up shop near the future Walmart.