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Walmart Neighborhood Market coming to Joplin

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Updated September 3, 2013 at 9:40 PM CST: The Joplin City Council reviewed the Final Plat for the new Walmart Neighborhood Market that's set to be built in the 1600 East 7th street. The site will takeover the former Crossroads Chevrolet Dealership. The nearly 33,000 square foot store will sell only groceries and prescriptions. It will also have a gas station on the property. A typical neighborhood market employees anywhere from 80 to 90 people.

"As mayor I think it's a good thing for our city, its going to produce jobs. There are people that have questions about another Walmart coming to the city, however I think its going to be a good thing for that area and for the city overall," said Joplin Mayor Melodee Colbert-Kean. 

 

Walmart will soon expand its portfolio in the area by building a new type of store in Joplin.

It's going to be a Walmart Neighborhood Market.

City officials in Joplin say they were told by Walmart to not release details of the project until today to make sure most plans were approved.

We are being told construction will begin sometime in July.

"The property at 1600 East 7th Street in Joplin is about two miles from the nearest Walmart to the southeast and about three miles from the nearest Walmart to the west," says Jasen Jones of the Workforce Investment Board of Southwest Missouri.

Walmart officials have confirmed a new store will soon be built on land formerly used by Crossroads Chevrolet, but the store won't be a traditional Walmart type.

"When you think about Walmart's strategy with a neighborhood market and serving a smaller area but having a higher concentration in that smaller area, then you start to look at a very different model than the traditional big box would be," says Jones.

The 32,800 square foot Walmart Neighborhood Market store will only sell groceries and prescriptions.  There's also going to be a gas station.

A Walmart spokesperson says:  "We think this Neighborhood Market can be part of the solution for folks who need a job or want more affordable options close to where they live or work."

"We'd obviously like to see how many jobs that would bring into the area, and in what type of industry sector, and then we'll take a look at input-output multipliers in a very scientific way," says Jones.

Walmart says the new Market will employ between 65 and 85 people.

"Based on the scenario of 85 retail jobs coming in, that money actually recycles through the community and will create an additional amount of jobs," says Jones.  "We're looking at 85 actually being 107, and overall in those 107 jobs, that's $2.8 million in new earnings coming into the area.  So you can imagine that money recycles through the community, impacts other businesses and other community services and so forth.  All other industry sectors, even government, will see a positive impact from the new development."

Economists say with other new grocery stores in the area since the tornado, Walmart sees Joplin as an even playing field for competition and hopes it's Neighborhood Market will be a key player.

Walmart officials say the project is set to be completed by the early part of 2014.

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