TYLER (KYTX) - After months of rumors and speculation it now looks like a Walmart Neighborhood Market is moving in to the old Alberston's building in Tyler. CBS 19's Amanda Roberson has been staying on top of what will happen at the Troup and the Loop location in east Tyler.
The City of Tyler confirmed Monday Walmart Neighborhood Market applied for a building permit at that location in September. The application is still under review, but it's a good sign for shoppers and other businesses in that shopping center. Even though there's a Walmart Supercenter less than two miles away, this would offer something different.
After standing vacant almost two years, an anchor store has begun the process of moving into Southpark Shopping Center, filling an almost 80,000 square foot empty space.
"A building permit has been applied for," explained Michael Wilson, City of Tyler Director of Services Engineer. "It's currently under review for a Walmart Neighborhood Market."
Wilson said that means the building will change it's looks. "They're probably going to do some significant renovation to the interior of the building, maybe some to the exterior as well."
A Walmart Neighborhood Market isn't like the other Walmart Supercenters in town. It's only a grocery store and that means convenience for shoppers like Joy Shoemaker. "It sounds good to me because I'd like to go to a smaller store rather than the big Walmart."
Shoppers like Joe Burden hope more grocery shopping options equal lower prices. "They would probably be competitive."
"I think Walmart's as good as any as far as being able to bring the people and generate some traffic through the shopping center," said Daniel Boone's restaurant owner, and neighbor to vacant space, Dan Boone.
Boone said the shopping center lost tenants when Albertsons moved out, so bringing in a new store will bring back business. "Our only billboard's ourselves and when we get a lot of traffic coming in and out of these stores."
While no one knows what exactly the new store will look like, it will soon be another option when it comes to buying groceries.
Walmart Neighborhood Markets employ on average 80 to 100 people at each store and offer about 28,000 items. Like other Walmarts, the Neighborhood Market stores are open 24 hours a day.
Since the building permit is still being reviewed and negotiated, there's no word when renovations will begin to open the new store.
CBS19 tried to confirm the Neighborhood Market with both Walmart and the property leasing group Beer Wells out of Longview. Neither have returned our calls.
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