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7/16/2011 9:58:00 PM
PV Walmart to open in early 2013 after years of delay

Jason Soifer
The Daily Courier


The Prescott Valley Walmart is back on track.

Spokesperson Delia Garcia said this week that the plan is to open the 152,000-square-foot store at the southwest corner of Lakeshore Drive and Glassford Hill Road in the first quarter of 2013.

"We are very pleased to be moving forward with this project," she said. "We're eager to serve the community as well."

The construction window on the supercenter is 10 to 12 months, according to Garcia, who said they have not pulled the building permit yet.

"The plans to move forward with this project are very recent, so we're still working out those details," she said.

Garcia said construction would have to begin in the first quarter of next year to meet the opening target. She said the store will create about 300 jobs.

"This is a project we've wanted to build for several years," she said.

"We had made some changes in our building schedules and many of our projects got pushed back a little bit and we had focused on remodeling some of our existing stores and investing capital in that.

"It's part of our larger vision for how we're rolling out our construction schedule now."

In another sign that the store is actually making progress, town council members unanimously gave their approval Thursday night to Walmart's purchase of the series 9 liquor license from the Bashas' supermarket that was in the Frontier Village Center for $140,000.

The long and winding road of the store in town goes back about five years, when members of the Prescott Valley Planning & Zoning Commission gave their approval of the preliminary development plan and rezone of the 18.77-acre parcel.

The debate over the store eventually went to a vote of residents, who overwhelmingly gave their support for the supercenter in March 2007.

The economic downturn became another hurdle for the retailer, which continued to kick it down the road for years.

Community Development Director Richard Parker said the final development plans already have approval from the town and his department is ready to issue the building permits as soon as Walmart is ready.

"It's just a matter of them refreshing their building permit application," he said. "We believe we'd turn it around in as little as three weeks and have them prepare to start construction."

Mayor Harvey Skoog said it gives the construction sector a boost, and it brings more long-term jobs.

"I think it's going to be a big economic plus for us and our residents," he said. "Truthfully, at least from our town's perspective (we're) very happy to have this thing developing."

Economic Development Manager Greg Fister said residents call him weekly seeking store updates.

"It's good to know the project is moving forward," he said. "Once it's open, the store will help us hold on to those sales tax dollars that are now leaving the community, and it will even attract new dollars from outside the town.

"And of course, the effects of the store's multi-million annual payroll will reverberate throughout the entire quad-cities."

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Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, August 04, 2011
Article comment by: G. Eorge Bush

I love Walmart shop there at least every week. Cannot wait for it to open in Prescott Valley, less driving for me and my time and gas. :) Hurry Walmart !!!

Posted: Saturday, July 30, 2011
Article comment by: Dee Anderson

I love Walmart shop there at least every week. Cannot wait for it to open in Prescott Valley, less driving for me and my time and gas. :) Hurry Walmart !!!

Posted: Saturday, July 23, 2011
Article comment by: Lee Buffoon

The best decision that can be made at Frontier Village is to turn it in into Casinos , Restaurants and Strip Clubs The parking lots would be overfilled and and unemployment would fall !!!

Posted: Saturday, July 23, 2011
Article comment by: francis young

Look at the success at the old Ponderosa
mall ... Walmart is the anchor and Big lots came in and Dollar Tree Etc..... while Frontier Village is dying. I bet you whiners are shopping at Dollar Tree all the time purchasing your American made ....umm i Mean Chinese made goods .:)


Posted: Thursday, July 21, 2011
Article comment by: Floyd White

what are you all talking abt i was there when PV didnt exist it was nice then and Prscott was just a cowtown look at it now a Shame my goodness

Posted: Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Article comment by: in need grocery's

it would be nice to have a walmart supercenter in chino valley, or another grocery store chain besides safeway, albertsons, or fry's to give the community a chance of competition, as it stands most people shop in prescott or prescott valley,when they are not in a hurry, because safeway here has the monopoly.

Posted: Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Article comment by: Morgan James Bensenhaver

A Wal-Mart in PV will help reduce the traffic on Highway 69 going into Prescott, so quit complaining. If anyone can show me any store that sells nothing but American made goods, I will shop there and nowhere else. Blame the CEO's of American business that CHOOSE to send our jobs overseas. THEY are America's worst enemy.

Posted: Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Article comment by: Very Worried!!

The quad-city area is doomed to fail! The new WalMart is just the beginning of the epic failure of what some of us natives call home! Indeed, this new WalMart will bring jobs, but for the people they will transfer from other stores. Kmart is just as bad as WalMart, so stop saying it's better or worse. Target's lease will end soon and that whole area will be a new casino to promote gambling addiction. This town is doomed! The jobs are few and far between, the moral is gone and it is terrifying!

Posted: Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Article comment by: Mr Maverick

Who cares? They will just ruin the small businesses and contribute nothing to the local economy except offer the largest assortment of Chinese made goods in America.

Posted: Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Article comment by: What Are you talking about

Whers is the small business that you are talking about ? Fry's, Safeway and Albertsons ? All billion dollar companies. Everyone says they like competition but most companies dont. Safeway didnt lower prices untill Fry's and Albertsons showed up. Quit watching reruns of Andy Griffith Prescott Valley is no Mayberry..

Posted: Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Article comment by: peggy pape

Target would be so much better in PV, a decent one!!!

Posted: Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Article comment by: Blah Blah Blah Blah

Wal Mart treats their female employees bad? Do you know what your talking about? I know a lady that works at Sam's Club and that is so far from the truth. What are you doing pulling one incident and judging the whole company? What about Costco for example... they have a few people that work there that are terribly rude. Does that mean the whole company is bad? NO!! Secondly taking a look at all the companies closing at Frontier Village has nothing to do with Wal Mart. Mark my words in 5-10 years from now that will all be torn down and a casino will be put up!

Posted: Monday, July 18, 2011
Article comment by: Boycotting Doesnt Work

You cant just say - "dont like walmart - dont shop there". Its more than that at stake. This company thrives as the rest of the community dies. Frontier village is a perfect example of the effects of walmart. And the wages they pay their employees, and the treatment of their female employees - is not an asset that can even be counted as positive for our community. A third walmart will kill whats left of the small locally owned businesses in PV and Prescott. That is a shame.

Posted: Monday, July 18, 2011
Article comment by: Tax Breaks

Wal-Mart sucks the life out of local economy.When they open a location (like the 2 other stores in Prescott and the Sams Club)they are given tax breaks by the local government for 2 years or more. How does that benifit our local economy? Why is a Multi-Billion dollar Corporation given this special treatment when they are the ones that should be paying taxes? If a Mom & Pop shop wanted to open a business in town, they are not given this same treatment. Our town council looks out for the best interest of themselves and there own pockets. They don't care about the little guy.
Mayor Skoog would like everyone to believe it will boost the construction sector but the reality is the contractors building it will be from Phoenix, our local construction will not benefit.
Mayor Skoog, if you want our local construction to benifit from this, then you should insist that Wal-Mart use local contractors from this Quad-city area before issuing any building permits, If you want to make any good from this.


Posted: Monday, July 18, 2011
Article comment by: Is it just me or...

do the people that shop at the Prescott WalMart just look REALLY BIG? I mean the few times I go there they are HUGE. And I'm taking my life in my hands driving in that parking lot. I avoid the store because of that. And the people are texting constantly.

Posted: Monday, July 18, 2011
Article comment by: Re: Target

Why do we need another Target? This is the problem. Too many stores within a 10-15 miles radius. As far as creating jobs? Yeah right!

Posted: Monday, July 18, 2011
Article comment by: @ When did these people move here?

I've been here 12 years. Still won't shop @ Walmart. Thank you very much.

Posted: Monday, July 18, 2011
Article comment by: @ Heather Me

Don't hate.

Posted: Monday, July 18, 2011
Article comment by: Max Smart

In this economy, don't you think people need jobs, just because maybe those of you complaning don't need to work or are retired? There are so many people scraping by, just check out the number of applications go out when there is a job opening.BR>If you think the city of PV paid an incentive for Walmart to come in, not sure but don't think they do.
I would much rather shop at Sam's club due to the pleasant employees and customers. I have found many rude people at Costco, either talking on the cell phone and pushing the cart into me to excusing myself for some reason and just get a "look". What is with that?
So we all have a choice. Quite complaing, be nice :)


Posted: Monday, July 18, 2011
Article comment by: M Tiger

Yesterday when I was shopping at my local walmart here in good ol McKinney
Texas I noticed a rack of patriotic t-shirts, they
Were precious... When I walked over to take a closer look I couldn't
Help but notice the shirts were made in Pakistan! This is
Absolutely disgusting and sickening to me! Why would we import
Goods from a country that knowingly hid the mastermind behind
9-11??? Why would Walmart and the United States
Government give aid and trade to a country where they burn
Our flag in the streets??? No one needs another Walmart, and
I wish they would bulldoze their empty supercenters
And plant a few trees. In the mean time I will not be back.
It is unethical and insulting to every us citizen for them
To carry goods to be sold here that are made by hands
That want to kill us.


Posted: Monday, July 18, 2011
Article comment by: In Support of Target

This area does not need another Wal-Mart. The jobs created will be minimal, once Wal-Mart has to lay off employees in the other stores due to declining businiess. Prescott Valley would be smart in obtaining a Super Target. Variety is better. The tiny Target we have up here now is pathetic and forces those of us that do not want to shop at Wal-Mart to buy online or shop in Phoenix.

Posted: Monday, July 18, 2011
Article comment by: DK Warren

I love how so many conservatives love Wal Mart, but fail to realize it is anything but a free market corporation. It is frequently supported by local tax incentives, which ultimately hurts locally owned businesses because it is an unfair advantage given to Wal Mart. This is not the free market. It always amuses me that so many people forget that China is one of the few remaining communist countries. SHOP WAL Mart ,Support Communism.

Posted: Monday, July 18, 2011
Article comment by: Target Please

The smartest thing PV could do would be to bulldoze Kmart and put up a Super Target in its place.

Posted: Monday, July 18, 2011
Article comment by: tried of driving to Prescott

Yes you are a snob if you only go to Albertsons. ... Nobody is forcing anyone to shop anywhere. It is the great that we can pick and choose where to shop. When you get on the computer and cry like little babies that a store is willing to invest millions in your community I guess you can drive to Prescott.

Posted: Monday, July 18, 2011
Article comment by: Yay For Wal-Mart

I am a long time PV resident. I appreciate the job opportunities that will be brought to our community by opening a Wal-Mart here. I have been excited and waiting for this to happen since the proposals and land dealings a few years ago. I also completely agree that K-mart is less than desirable for a store. You almost can’t get any help there. I wouldn’t be saddened to see them go. A few shops down, there is a Little Caesars’ too. Except for work, I would have no reason to go to Prescott. I do 75% of my grocery shopping in PV too. I support keeping the tax dollars in PV too. I too, would support a grocery store at the intersection to the northeast of Viewpoint and 89A. There are a lot of residents in the area that would utilize the store. Roberts Market is fine for an occasional use or for gas. With all the inattentive drivers, the roads are becoming more and more unsafe. I would rather stay local, besides it saves on the ever rising fuel costs and wear and tear of my vehicles.


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