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Walmart to build new supercenter in Biloxi

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) – A new Walmart Supercenter is coming to a hurricane damaged piece of property in Biloxi. Walmart announced Friday that it plans to build a new store near the Edgewater Village Shopping Center, on the old United Artists movie theatre property off Switzer Road.

"This new supercenter will replace the current location at Pass Road," Walmart Divisional Manager Tice White said in a statement. "The new supercenter will provide a greater shopping experience for our loyal customers and a opportunity for new jobs in the area. The new supercenter will be approximately 150,000 square feet and is currently scheduled to open in the first quarter of 2012."

Biloxi Community Development Director Jerry Creel told WLOX News he has been working with Walmart for almost a year on the site near Edgewater Mall. Originally, the discussions focused on a 200,000 square foot building. Creel said he was surprised to see the statement from Walmart refer to a 150,000 square foot proposal.

Creel said he has since learned that the Walmart trend is to build slightly smaller supercenters, and use the existing space more efficiently.

Creel said Walmart and the city have discussed road improvements that will be necessary, specifically to Eisenhower Drive. And plans are in the works to create a connector road from the Walmart through Edgewater Village, probably between the old Books-a-Million location and the furniture store. The road could ultimately link up with the entrance in front of the Edgewater Mall Food Court.

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