Well guys, it’s been CONFIRMED that downtown Louisville will be getting a Wal-Mart built in the area located on 18TH AND BROADWAY. There’s so much reality to this situation…Like I can’t even begin to explain my position (based on politics and a history of Wal-Mart destroying a community). How do you all feel about the Westend getting a Wal-Mart?
Bringing hundreds of new jobs and much-needed new retail to West Louisville, Mayor Greg Fischer announced today that Walmart will build a Supercenter at 18th and Broadway.
The investment of more than $25 million, with the potential for more related development, is the largest economic development project in Western Louisville in at least a decade.
“This is an important announcement for our entire city and particularly for West Louisville because it brings jobs, retail and a significant investment to the California, Russell, Portland, Shawnee and Chickasaw neighborhoods,” Fischer said. “Just as important – this project sends a signal that West Louisville is indeed open for business.”
The project will create 300 jobs in the Walmart store, with $6 million in annual payroll. Additional jobs will be created with the project’s construction.
Fischer said Walmart is committed to hiring local citizens and the company will be opening a jobs and career center in the neighborhood to accept applications.
The Supercenter will have 150,000 square feet of retail and grocery space – nearly the size of three football fields — and will include an optometrist and pharmacy.
Fischer said the announcement follows more than a year of work and negotiations.