Walmart has its eye on 50th and Ames Avenue for its next store in the Omaha metro area. The retail giant announced plans Monday morning to build a supercenter at the site of a former Baker’s Supermarket store.
Walmart says construction will begin once its plan is approved by the city. The hope is to have the store open in 2014 providing about 275 jobs.
Terrie Jackson Miller has lived in North Omaha her whole life and says the news is exciting.
"It represents stability," says Miller. "The issue has been from the economic development standpoint, so it'll be the catalyst for other businesses coming to the community."
But not everyone is thrilled about the new development. Joe Barlow lives right across the street and says he has mixed emotions due to increased traffic and noise the store will bring.
"Job wise it could be good for the community," says Barlow. "Just construction wise its a bit of a concern with the noise and having semi trucks driving past at 3' o clock to unload and what not."
The store describes a supercenter as being a one-stop shopping destination where customers can purchase fresh produce, meat, dairy, dry goods and staples along with an outdoor garden center, everyday household items, electronics, apparel, a pharmacy, bakery and deli.
The company says as of January 31, 2012, Walmart employed 10,631 associates in Nebraska.
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