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Walmart Plans Expansion, New Manchester Location

The retail giant plans a new Walmart Supercenter on the site of the former K-Mart building on Spencer Street.

Manchester could soon have a whole lot more Walmart. 

The global retail giant has a pair of separate applications pending with the town's Planning and Zoning Commission that would see it expand its existing location at 420 Buckland Hills Dr. by an additional 439 square feet, while at the same time constructing a new 158,430 Walmart Supercenter on the other side of town at 205 Spencer St. 

The application to expand the existing Walmart on Buckland Street, which is currently 145,017 square feet, would see the store expanded by an additional 439 square feet, and include a modification to the existing entrance and the elimination of the one-way requirement for the northern drive aisle entrance to the property. 

The second application, for the new store, would be built on the site of the former K-Mart on Spencer Street near the East Hartford townline. That building sits on 20.8 acres of property and is in the process of being torn down by the current owner, Gateway Lauren Inc.

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Walmart has an agreement in place to purchase the property from Gateway Lauren Inc. and construct a new 158,430 square foot building on the property. 
Its application states that the Pep Boys and Ocean State Job Lot that current occupy the same plaza on Spencer Street would remain. 

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Gerry Guay August 08, 2012 at 10:59 PM
Yes! It's about time Manchester adds more high taxable commercial property to its tax rolls.
Earle Ecabert August 09, 2012 at 06:55 PM
Yes as they are in totally different sides of town ,I think that it would be a great idea to put in another wallmart..
Brian Hurlburt August 13, 2012 at 06:50 PM
Manchester doesn't need another Walmart.
F moffa September 02, 2012 at 01:21 PM
Another big box filled with crap, made by slave labor in China. The jobs that it will create, after the initial constuction, will not pay enough of a "living wage" for locals to work there. Unless it is their 3 job. Not to mention the distruction these big box stores due to locally owned businesses. Manchester should have used this chance to buy most of the parcel and make open space ( if it could have been purchased). Granby Ct kept a Wallmart out and we chose to and have an active town center with a good mix of local business and small commercial/ retail..
Resident September 21, 2012 at 06:56 PM
This is absolutely ridiculous. Does Manchester have any standards at all? Will Wal Mart be required to make necessary road, intersection and sidewalk improvements? Does our town require new commercial construction to have - say a 20% renewalble energy requirement, or maybe new commerical retail operations to carry 10% of local products in their inventory? If Wal Mart wants to come, and the town decides to let them, can it at least be on our terms and can we decide to have higher standards for our community? Does the community understand Shop Rite will be the next empty strip mall in town?

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