The city of Tyler confirmed Monday that 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,” said Michael Wilson, city of Tyler development services director. “It's currently under review for a Walmart Neighborhood Market.”
Wilson said that means the building will change its 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 super centers in town. It's only a grocery store, and that means convenience for shoppers such as Joy Shoemaker. “It sounds good to me because I'd like to go to a smaller store rather than the big Walmart.”
Shoppers such as Joe Burden hope more grocery shopping options equal lower prices. “They would probably be competitive.”
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.”
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.
Because the building permit still is being reviewed and negotiated, there's no word when renovations to the new store will begin.
CBS19 tried to confirm the Neighborhood Market with both Walmart and the property leasing group Beer Wells out of Longview. Neither have returned calls.