Walmart plans store in Mandan
By Brian L. Gray
After four years in the making, plans are falling in place for a Walmart Supercenter to be built in Mandan.
The new supercenter is expected to be located at the northeast corner of the Old Red Trail and Sunset Drive in the Terra Vallee area.
Walmart Spokesman Ryan Irsik says Walmart will submit site and building plans by late February. If approved and built, the Walmart Supercenter will be approximately 150,000 square feet and will employ approximately 250 associates with the majority of those jobs being full-time.
The Bismarck-Mandan Development Association reports that Walmart is still in the very early stages of the approval process and does not have a construction timeline. At this time Walmart representatives are working on a variety of permits, final due diligence on the site, site engineering, final store design and related detail. A recent BMDA report states that “although the project is not a 100 percent go, it would appear fairly certain barring any unforeseen event occurring.”
Mayor Tim Helbling says the announcement is “a great thing for the city.” He says it’s important to stop sales tax dollars from “flying across the river” to Bismarck, which has two Walmart Supercenters.
Walmart representatives have indicated they are always looking for good talent and looks forward to creating job opportunities in Mandan.
The BMDA, on behalf of the city of Mandan, has been working with representatives of Walmart on development of this project for the last four years.
The Mandan City Commission at that time believed that securing a major retailer like Walmart would be a major step in providing the lost retail which has been a growing problem for the city for over the last several years.
In July 2011, a delegation of Walmart corporate officials and the contract realtor made a trip to Mandan to look at the various sites which the BMDA had provided them. Their ultimate decision was the chosen site, which was also a preferred site for the city.