Walmart Stores Inc. finally has acknowledged the planned Walmart Neighborhood Market in Granite Bay, Calif.,that everyone else has long been talking about, reports the Sacramento Business Journal.
In fact, this is the first Walmart Neighborhood Market in California that the giant retailer has announced.
The nation’s largest retailer has 150 locations of its groceries-only format across the country.
“This is a new shopping experience that we’re bringing to the area,” Walmart spokesman Lorenzo Lopez told the Journal.
Walmart has received a building permit from Placer County to start remodeling store space at Sierra Oaks Shopping Center at Douglas and Sierra College boulevards. Walmart will occupy space where a Grocery Outlet store was unable to renew its lease—plus vacant space.
Walmart Neighborhood Market will occupy about 43,000 s.f. and will employ about 95 people, Lopez said.
“This is an ideal location for the format,” he is quoted in the Journal as saying.
All the customers coming to the Walmart Neighborhood Market will provide a boost to the rest of the shopping center, he said.
Walmart isn’t saying when the store will open—not even anything as vague as 2012, according to the Journal.