Walmart plans still ‘a go’ five more businesses look for sites

June 30, 2016

By Pat Maurer

Despite rumors that continue to circulate that Walmart will not be coming to Clare, Their plans are still ongoing to build a new super center at the north end of Clare, City officials said last week.

Clare City Treasurer and Interim City Manager Steven Kingsbury said, “The groundbreaking for the new business complex has been delayed. They are still working to finalize their construction plans, but they plan to hold the groundbreaking later in the summer, I believe in August.”

He continued, “The Engineer for the project said they are about a month behind. They have been issued permits and there is no indication that the project is going away.”

“They still intend to begin construction this year and be open and operational by summer, 2017,” Kingsbury added.

The new Walmart Supercenter will be a 150,000 square foot store complete with a pharmacy, Garden Center, Tire & Lube Express and a fuel station.  The new complex will be located on 18 acres on Colonville Road, east of Old U.S. 27 (Clare Avenue) and just on the west side of the new $7.5 million Consumer’s Energy Service Center, now open in the new Clare North Industrial Park.

The new Clare store is expected to employ up to 300 associates, Anne Hatfield, Director of Communication for Walmart said in an email earlier this year, “We will begin accepting applications for employment about two to three months before the store opens.”

Kingsbury also confirmed that several other businesses may also be opening at the north end of Clare. “There have been indications that five additional businesses have been looking to purchase property,” he said. He didn’t say which businesses are interested in property at the north end of the City
The Clare North Industrial Park is also growing.

Besides Consumer’s Energy and a new 80,000 square foot “spec” building constructed by the 127 Group LLC, the new Industrial Park will soon add a third manufacturer.

Loren Cole, owner of Gateway Refrigeration, has purchased approximately 2.5 acres in the industrial park near the new water tower and will build a 10,000 square foot building to house the firm. He also has plans to add two more 10,000 square foot buildings on the site in the future, Kingsbury said.

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2 Responses to Walmart plans still ‘a go’ five more businesses look for sites

  1. Stephanie Cribb Reply

    June 30, 2016 at 11:29 pm

    Citizens of Clare and any other American citizen who believes WalMart will be an asset to their community needs to watch the documentary titled “Walmart: the high cost of low prices”. I was a pretty faithful WalMart shopper until I was educated by this documentary. It not only brought me to tears but also brought me to realization that WalMart is a huge contributor to the destruction of America. The documentary can be watched on Netflix and Youtube.

  2. Hazel Wilson Reply

    July 1, 2016 at 1:15 am

    Since we don’t get home delivery anymore this would be nice. Thank you.

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