CHEEKTOWAGA, NY - Walmart Stores, Inc. announced Tuesday morning that it will be constructing a new "Supercenter" store on the site of the current Super Flea market at 2500 Walden Avenue to replace its existing store in the Thruway Plaza.
Officials of Benderson Development, owners of the flea market, had previously said they were considering relocating the popular vendor-operated exchange. The statement did not mention what plans exist, if any, for the Thruway Plaza store. No time table for the project was announced.
The statement did say that the site proposal for the new Supercenter calls for an approximately 183,000-square foot facility and will create an additional 85 jobs, mostly full-time positions.
"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," William Wertz, Walmart's director of community and media relations, is quoted as saying.
"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," said Wertz.
Cheektowaga Supervisor Mary F. Holtz said, "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."
Residents are invited to an open house on Monday, October 29th to view plans for the new store. The open house will held at the VFW Leonard Post #6251, located at 2450 Walden Avenue, from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m.