The communities worst kept secret was finally revealed when in mid January when it was announced the mystery retailer courting the City of Steinbach is American retail giant Walmart.
According to Mitch Calvert of the Winnipeg Construction Association, the project has been put out to tender.
“I can confirm the plans for Walmart in Steinbach are in our planning room,” stated Calvert. “I don’t know who is bidding on the project or the final costs – its all in the air right now,”
Last month, the City of Steinbach gave the green light to allow several variation orders put forward by Shindico Properties. The orders cover 108,000 square feet north and west of Clearspring Centre. The project includes demolishing the old SAAN store at the north end of the mall to make room for additional parking,
John Pearson, from Shindico Properties told council that his client, an American retailer that has yet to be named, would like to start construction in the spring but at the time, the retailer was not disclosed.
Once the project begins, it is expected to create 150 jobs in the community in addition to up to three hundred jobs in the actual business.
Mayor Chris Goertzen says that the city welcomes the project.
“It is great for our economy,” Goertzen stated. “It is great for our residents and for our region and we are looking forward to it coming to fruition.”
Meanwhile, changes are already underway to pave the way for the project. According to Don Neufeld from the Steinbach Auto Dealers Association, the group has been asked to relocate the big red car at the northeast end of the Clearspring Centre parking lot.
“The car is going to be in the way for traffic and other items that could happen there so we’ve been asked to move the car,” stated Neufeld. The car is expected to be relocated by April and the search is on for a suitable location.