Slated to open in May, the new 155,000 square-foot supercenter is the largest that the retail giant builds. The big box store is expected to draw customers from all over the area, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The Walmart Supercenter sits on 55 acres and aims to provide a one-stop shopping convenience with a garden center, pharmacy, grocery section and a fully-functional auto center that performs oil and tire changes.
General merchandise such as apparel, electronics, toys and sporting goods will be sold. A Subway restaurant will be located inside the store, operated by the owner of the State Street restaurant in Baden.
Brad Erath of Cleveland Construction, the superintendent overseeing the project, said the grocery is pretty much complete and the mill work should be wrapped up by the end of next week.
Economy Mayor David Poling, credited for helping to bring in Walmart, recently got a chance to see some of the final touches as compared to the beginning stages.
Poling said he believes the retail development will help draw new businesses and revitalization to the Northern Lights Shopping plaza down below.
Dirt began flying in February 2013. Crews paved an uphill road, now called Economy Way, that leads from Route 65 to the supercenter.
Erath said about 5,000 yards of dirt had to be moved before any building could begin. The earthmoving phase that lasted from May to October required the three-man crew to level off 20-foot high elevations, he said.
“We had stockpiles like 100 feet tall,” Erath said.
“It was incredible to see the amount of dirt they moved,” Poling added.
Around the first week of March, Erath said subcontractors will begin polishing the floors.
Walmart is currently hiring about 300 new full- and part-time workers for the store. The majority will start work in April to prepare for the grand opening in May, according to Walmart representatives.
Hiring started on Monday, Feb. 17 in Walmart's temporary hiring center at the Baden American Legion, drawing about 100 people on the first day.
Walmart plans to open about 115 new supercenters in the U.S. this year. Walmart owns a total of 259 acres in Economy, which opens up the possibilities for more development in the future.