Wal-Mart making plans for new store

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By Chris Sardelli

INDIAN LAND – Get ready shoppers, Wal-Mart is making plans to build its second Lancaster County store.

Chris Neely, spokesman for Wal-Mart, said the company has opened bids on construction at the Indian Land site off U.S. 521 near the North Carolina state line. A contractor has not yet been awarded, but Neely said that could happen in late summer or early fall.

Once work begins, Neely said it could take up to a year to finish construction and ready the building.

“This stands to be an awesome project,” Neely said. “With this particular location, this is going to be a beautiful store.”

Neely said Wal-Mart has been working on the location with the Army Corps of Engineers for more than five years.

“We always want to do things right and work with local officials or get permits before we do anything,” he said. “We’re doing a lot of things to restore the local landscape. The store is going to be surrounded by a lot of beautiful scenery. It’s a very beautiful location.”

The store will be a super center, which traditionally offer more products than regular Wal-Mart stores, including produce.

Neely said super centers can usually create hundreds of jobs.

“We see a great need for a super center in Indian Land and we think it’s a great location,” he said. “Folks that live in that area will greatly benefit from having that.”

Wal-Mart first opened in 1962 in Rogers, Ark., and now serves customers more than 200 million times per week at more than 7,800 retail units in 15 countries, according to the company’s Web site. The company made $401 billion in 2009 and employs 2.1 million employees worldwide.

Contact reporter Chris Sardelli  at csardelli@thelancasternews.com or at (803) 416-8416