HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – After year of rumors and dirt being pushed around at a muddy parcel in far northeast Huntsville, city officials are close to announcing the major retailer eyeing the beleaguered site.
Wal-Mart wants to build a more than 150,000-square-foot Supercenter at the intersection of busy Winchester and Homer Nance Roads. The Huntsville Planning Commission has approved the layout of the 17.7-acre retail tract across from the Publix-anchored Winchester Plaza shopping center.
Wal-Mart spokeswoman Amanda Henneberg said the new Supercenter – Madison County’s ninth – could be under construction by this spring or summer and would take about a year.
It would employ approximately 300 people, Henneberg told news partner AL.com Thursday.
“It’s great for the area. I mean, I live out in Gurley so we don’t have anything — Publix over here, Kroger up on the other corner up Winchester Road, so that would be great,” said shopper David Racey of the news.
The new Supercenter would be built on a parcel of incorporated land surrounded by the Riverton and Moores Mill communities. The parcel of land was annexed by Huntsville in 2008.
Wal-Mart has been on quite a roll in the Huntsville area recently. The world’s largest retailer opened new Supercenters last year at the former Mason Plaza property south of downtown and on U.S. 72 West near the Limestone County line. Another Supercenter is nearing completion in Hazel Green.
Wal-Mart is also peppering the area with its smaller Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market stores, now open in Monrovia, New Hope, Gurley and Oakwood Avenue in Huntsville.