Surf City council to consider Walmart

Published: Friday, October 18, 2013 at 02:28 PM.

Construction of a Walmart Neighborhood Market could begin this year in Surf City if that town’s council approves site plans next month.

Surf City’s planning board late last week unanimously approved plans for a 41,839-square-foot store. The market would bring about 90 new jobs to the community, said Walmart spokesman Bill Wertz.

“They want to be open for business in May,” said Surf City Planning Director Todd Rademacher.

Wertz could not confirm that schedule.

“That all depends,” he said. “We would have to get our plans finalized and then put out for bid. Typically a neighborhood market takes us about nine months to build.”

The market, one of reportedly 500 smaller stores Walmart intends to build in the next 18 months, would be built near the intersection of N.C. 210 and N.C. 50 on land previously intended to be the location of the Surf City Promenade, a proposed movie and family entertainment complex.

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