*Release from Walmart Stores, Inc.*
BENTONVILLE, AK (WKBW/RELEASE) -- Walmart Stores, Inc. has announced it will construct a new store at 2400 Seneca Street in West Seneca, New York. A parcel of the site is located in Buffalo.
The new store will be approximately 115,000 square feet and will feature general merchandise and a full-service grocery store under one roof. The store will create approximately 300 jobs for area residents as well as increase tax revenue for the town.
“This proposal allows us to fulfill two key goals for West Seneca,” said town Supervisor Wallace Piotrowski. “First, we can fill an empty store with a state of the art Walmart. And second, from an economic standpoint, it will provide jobs and tax revenue for our community. It is truly a win-win for all.”
"This project is a game changer for Seneca Street," said Assemblyman Mark J.F. Schroeder. "There has been a great deal of momentum on this business strip, and a new Walmart will take Seneca Street to the next level. The store will inject new life into a property that has been vacant for far too long.”
Part of the site lies in the city of Buffalo. “This is an exciting development project that will add hundreds of new jobs for residents in this region,” said Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown. “My administration is committed to working cooperatively with Walmart Stores, Inc., Assemblyman Schroeder and Supervisor Piotrowski. We want to insure that the redevelopment of this vacant property continues the revival of commercial activity along Seneca Street, produces jobs for our residents and strengthens the quality of life for the community.”
The store’s grocery section will feature a delicatessen, bakery, dry and frozen goods, meat and dairy departments, and fresh produce alongside over 30 departments of general merchandise. An independent study by Global Insight shows that Walmart saves American families $3,100 per year regardless of where they choose to shop.
In addition to saving people money so they can live better, Walmart is committed to giving back to the communities it serves. In 2009, Walmart Stores, Sam’s Club and the Walmart Foundation gave more than $9.6 million in cash and in-kind donations to local causes and organizations in the communities they serve in the state of New York.
“Walmart is thrilled to bring savings and convenience to residents of the West Seneca and Buffalo communities so they can save money and live better,” said Alexandra Serra, Senior Manager of Public Affairs and Government Relations for Walmart.
Walmart currently operates 60 Supercenter, 33 Discount stores and 16 Sam’s Clubs in the state of New York and employs 36,718 associates.