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Walmart is coming to Super Flea in Cheektowaga.
The retailer said today that it plans to open a new store at the Super Flea site on Walden Avenue that will replace its existing store about two miles to the west on Thruway Plaza Drive.
Walmart is proposing to build a Supercenter that will span about 183,000 square feet and include a grocery section.
"After careful consideration of what site in Cheektowaga worked best for a new Supercenter, we have decided internally that the development of a store at Walden Avenue is a win-win for us and for the community," said William Wertz, Walmart's director of community and media relations, in a statement announcing the move.
Walmart did not immediately disclose a timetable for the construction of the new store and the move from the Thruway Plaza site.
Residents living around the Super Flea site in June 2011 said they were frustrated with problems at the weekend flea market, including maintenance, rodents, noise and traffic. But those concerns were addressed sufficiently to gain the support of the Town Board in rezoning the 17.4 acre site at 2480 and 2490-2550 Walden Ave. in December from light manufacturing to general commercial.
"Walmart has assured me it intends to keep our residents informed of its plans for the new Supercenter, which will be important as they move forward," said Cheektowaga Supervisor Mary F. Holtz, in the statement.
Walmart plans to hold an open house for residents to view plans for the new store from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 29 at the Private Leonard Post VFW at 2450 Walden Ave.
The retailer said the new store is expected to employ 85 more people than the Thruway Plaza Drive store, with most of those additional positions being full-time.
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