Staff photo by Tommy Millsaps
Local leaders and Walmart officials gathered this morning for a ground breaking ceremony for
the Walmart Super Center site on Highway 11 South in Sweetwater. Bulldozers were rapidly
moving dirt even as the ceremony was ongoing. City Planning Officer Scott Wilson said
projections are the store will be built by July 2013 and will be stocked and open four to six
|Published: 9:14 AM, 10/29/2012
Author: Michael Thomason
Source: The Monroe County Advocate
SWEETWATER-Seeing may finally be
believing for many who doubted Walmart would ever break ground for a
store in Sweetwater.
A ground breaking ceremony was held
Friday morning at the 25-acre, 150,000-square-foot Super Center site
just south of NGK Metals on Highway 11 South.
The news that Walmart was coming to
town was announced about a year ago, but when dirt did not begin
moving earlier this spring, some residents doubted the store was
coming. Before the official ceremony was held Friday, bulldozers were
already rapidly clearing the site.
City officials said they were overjoyed
with Walmart breaking ground, as they expect a big sales tax revenue
boost from the giant retailer and they expect other stores and
restaurants to build nearby.
"We've been chomping at the bit for
this day to occur," Mayor Doyle Lowe said.
"The City of Sweetwater is
overwhelmed," City Planner Scott Wilson added.
See full story in the Sunday, Oct. 28, edition of The Advocate & Democrat.
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