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Wal-Mart to build another store in south Lincoln

Wal-Mart to build another store in south Lincoln

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Wal-Mart has confirmed plans for a fourth location in south Lincoln.

Spokeswoman Delia Garcia said the company plans to build a 125,000-square-foot supercenter on a 17-acre site on the southwest corner of 27th Street and Grainger Parkway, a few blocks north of 27th Street and Yankee Hill Road.

Garcia said construction is set to begin this fall, and the store should open in fall 2013.

The store will employ 300 full- and part-time employees, she said.

At 125,000 square feet, the store would by far be the smallest supercenter in Lincoln.

The Wal-Mart north of 84th and Adams streets is about 160,000 square feet, while the other two -- at 27th and Superior streets and at 87th Street and Nebraska 2, are both more than 200,000 square feet.

Garcia said the term supercenter in Wal-Mart’s vernacular is not so much about size as it is about merchandise.

Wal-Mart considers a store a supercenter if it carries a full line of groceries and general merchandise.

However, because of its size, the 27th and Grainger streets Wal-Mart will not have some services that larger supercenters have, including a tire and lube operation, she said.

There also only will be room for one retail tenant inside the store, Garcia said.

It’s likely Wal-Mart was willing to build a smaller store to be able to get into southwest Lincoln, which it has been targeting for several years.

In 2006, the company announced tentative plans to build a store in the proposed Southwest Village development at U.S. 77 and West Denton Road.

But it abandoned those plans due to the weakening economy, and the development itself was never built.

Steve Henrichsen, the Lincoln-Lancaster County Planning Department’s development review manager, said the 27th and Grainger streets site already has the zoning necessary for a “big box” store, so Wal-Mart will not have to get any approvals from the Planning Commission or City Council.

Ken Sander, whose house borders the lot to the west, is not very happy about that.

Despite the zoning, Sander said a Wal-Mart supercenter will not fit into the neighborhood well.

“The thing that disappoints me is, show me another site in Lincoln where a big box store is surrounded on three sides by residential,” he said.

Sander said he’s worried about traffic as well as noise and lights from truck traffic.

Reach Matt Olberding at 402-473-2647 or molberding@journalstar.com

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Matt Olberding is a Lincoln native and University of Nebraska-Lincoln graduate who has been covering business for the Journal Star since 2005.

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