In a move that had been anticipated for the past few months, Walmart Stores Inc. has confirmed it will be shifting its Thruway Plaza store a few miles east down Walden Avenue to the Super Flea site.
The relocation followed talk in commercial real estate circles that the Super Flea property was being eyed by other big-box retailers, including at least one home improvement chain.
Walmart will be constructing a 183,000-square-feet super center-styled store, similar to the one it recently opened on Sheridan Drive in Amherst. The new location will create at least 85 new jobs at the Cheektowaga site, the bulk of which will be full-time positions.
"After careful consideration of what site in Cheektowaga worked best for a new super center, we have decided internally that the development of a store at Walden Avenue is a win-win for us and for the community. Walmart is pleased to be able to offer a full range of items for its customers including a full line of groceries, consisting of fresh produce, frozen foods, meat and dairy products, and organic items. We look forward to moving our existing store and adding a full service grocery division to better serve the residents of Cheektowaga" William Wertz, Walmart's director of community and media relations, said in a prepared statement.
Walmart is planning a community open house for residents to come view plans for the new store, set for 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Monday, Oct. 29 at the Private Leonard VFW Post, 2450 Walden Ave., Cheektowaga.
"Walmart has assured me it intends to keep our residents informed of its plans for the new super center, which will be important as they move forward," said Cheektowaga Supervisor Mary Holtz.