Wal-mart Could Be Open By Fall

April 19, 1992|By Kerry O'Rourke | Kerry O'Rourke,Staff writer

WESTMINSTER — A Wal-Mart store at the Englar Business Park should be finished by fall, the general contractor said last week.

The project is moving "fast," said Charlie Clark, vice president of business development for Morgan-Keller Inc. of Frederick.

Workers are moving ground now at the 13-acre site and should start on the 116,000-square-foot building in about a month, he said.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc., based in Bentonville, Ark., is the nation's largest retailer with sales last year of $32.6 billion.

A company spokeswoman said she could not comment on the project here.

Records onfile with the city show the projected cost for the land, site work and building will be $6.7 million.

Also coming to the business parkwill be a Lowe's Cos. Inc. store, which sells appliances and building and home supplies. The company, based in Wilkesboro, N.C., has received preliminary approval from the city to build on a 10-acre parcel.

Morgan-Keller plans to submit a bid to build the Lowe's store, too, Clark said.

A Lowe's spokeswoman said she cannot comment about new stores until they are under construction.

The company has ninestores in Maryland and one in Hanover, Pa., said Clarissa Felts, manager of investor research. Company sales last year were $3 billion, she said.

Wal-Mart and Lowe's are expected to employ as many as 350people, according to information given to the city.

Wal-Mart, Lowe's and the park's owners -- Englar Business Park Limited Partnership-- have agreed to pay for a new traffic signal and additional turn lanes to handle increased traffic at the park, said Thomas B. Beyard, city director of Planning and Public Works.

Wal-Mart has agreed topay for a traffic light at Englar and Woodward roads, he said. Lowe's will pay for a left-turn lane on Englar Road at Woodward Road, he said.

Park owners will pay for a second left-turn lane eastbound onRoute 140 at Englar Road and a right-turn lane westbound on Route 140 at Englar Road near Carroll County Bank and Trust Co., Beyard said.

The county has agreed to widen Hahn Road near Route 27, accordingto a letter from the commissioners on file at the city.

The addition of Lowe's and Wal-Mart to the 45-acre park means only about 10 acres bordering Maryland Midland Railway Co. tracks still are not spoken for, Beyard said.

The U.S. Postal Service owns six acres at Hahn

and Woodward roads and has plans to build a facility there to replace its Main Street office.

Plans are preliminary, however, and money for the building has not been approved, said Bob Novak, communications specialist for the U.S. Postal Service in Baltimore.

ActingWestminster Postmaster Robert Pollard said he has been informed thatwork would not begin until 1997.

Tevis Oil Inc. of Westminster has plans to build a gas station and convenience store on a one-acre parcel at Englar and Woodward roads.

Food Lion, a grocery chain based in Salisbury, N.C., has a lease for space in the business park, spokesman Michael Mozingo said.

Kelly's Stationery Store, the Westminster Karate Academy and Prestige Cable TV already have buildings at the business park.

Land for the park was annexed into the city in 1987, and final plans were approved in 1988, Beyard said.

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