|Posted on 3/21/2016 6:48:00 AM.|
(Seguin) -- Although delayed, Seguin's second Walmart store is still on track for an early 2017 ground breaking. That's according to the Seguin Economic Development Corporation. The store is planned just south of Interstate 10 and east of State Highway 46.
SEDC Executive Director Terry Trevino says she suspects ongoing construction in that 46 and I-10 area for much of the delay.
"With all the reconfiguration of the 46 corridor, the access roads, it's in and around that entire area and it would be very challenging to have both projects especially because everywhere that their construction vehicles would have an opportunity to get into that piece of property -- it's going to be under construction because of the access roads and reconfiguration of 46. So, it wasn't surprising that the plans for the construction for their facility was delayed slightly -- that it got pushed back as well, because of the conflict in construction. They did not say that, but it makes sense moving forward that they'd wait for that reconfiguration to take place. Then hopefully, we'll go into construction after that," said Trevino.
Trevino says as of now, plans and the fine details for that new store are still in the works.
"Their engineers are still working closely with our engineer in getting designs and infrastructure finalized and detention ponds, etc. so, that shows that that they're continuing to work with our city folks in moving forward in their planning for their project. Their company reps have not told me that this is not a project that's not going to happen. So I can only go on that, but we'll hopefully see a second Walmart soon," said Trevino.
The new Walmart store is expected to be slightly larger at 182,000 square feet. The current store is reportedly 172,000 square feet. According to SEDC officials, the new store is an adjunct to and not a replacement for the existing Walmart Supercenter located in Seguin on State Highway 123 Bypass.