Archive for Wednesday, April 26, 2000

Wal-Mart firming up proposal in Bonner

April 26, 2000

Wal-Mart is planning a combination general merchandise store and full grocery in Bonner Springs.

Daphne Davis, spokesperson for Wal-Mart, said the company plans to build the super center near the southeast corner of Kansas Highway 7 and Kansas Avenue.

The 155,000-square-foot building will employ about 300 people, Davis said. The existing 12-year-old Bonner Springs Wal-Mart takes up 53,000 square feet and employs about 100 people.

Before anything is started, all the permits will have to be in order.

"We typically don't actually close on property until we're closer to construction, but we do have a purchase agreement," Davis said.

Weldon Padgett, Bonner Springs city manager, said Monday that Wal-Mart had not yet submitted any plans to the city.

"Until they submit something, there's absolutely nothing official going on at this point," Padgett said.

However, Davis said once construction begins, the process moves rapidly.

"Generally, it takes about nine or 10 months to build a store," Davis said. "Then it's another five weeks or so to get it stocked and ready to open."

She said a larger store seems to be what customers want.

"Part of our consideration is our customers," Davis said. "They're shopping at our current store and when we take surveys, they're not shy about telling us what they want. They tell us every day that they want more products, including groceries."

Davis said she expects the existing building to be picked up by another retailer.

"Regardless of whether we own the building or have a long-term lease on it, we have a team here at our office that is involved in marketing properties for sale or lease," Davis said. "It usually has a pretty good following of retailers who are eager to get their hands on the properties because it's ready-made for retail."

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