Walmart is expanding at Franklin Mills mall

Mem­bers of the Mill­brook Civic As­so­ci­ation last week learned that Wal­mart will close its stand-alone store on Frank­lin Mills Boulevard and move in­to the empty Boscov’s store in­side the mall com­plex. They liked what they heard.

Car­ole Fowl­er, the civic group’s pres­id­ent, told mem­bers dur­ing their May 24 meet­ing at the Cal­vary Ath­let­ic As­so­ci­ation that the re­tail gi­ant will take over and im­prove the Boscov’s, which was in­side the mall’s “or­ange en­trance.”

She and oth­er mem­bers of the group’s board, as well as mem­bers of the Park­wood Civic As­so­ci­ation, learned of the plans dur­ing a re­cent meet­ing with mall man­age­ment and Wal­mart. She said Wal­mart plans to add about 40,000 square feet to the prop­erty, as well as more park­ing.

“It will be a su­per Wal­mart,” she said, adding that it will be open 24 hours.

Wal­mart and the mall’s man­age­ment said uni­on work­ers will be used in the con­struc­tion, Fowl­er said, and that the new store will cre­ate about 240 jobs.

Sam’s Club, which is owned by Wal­mart, will re­main open in Frank­lin Mills, she said.

Mike Brem­ser, Mill­brook’s re­cord­ing sec­ret­ary, said no vari­ances are needed, but zon­ing cer­ti­fic­ates are re­quired to sell takeout food, sea­food and to ad­min­is­ter flu shots.

Mem­bers also learned that the JC­Pen­ney out­let store in Frank­lin Mills will be­come a JC­Pen­ney de­part­ment store. Brem­ser said the change re­flects what the com­pany is do­ing na­tion­wide.

Mem­bers voted un­an­im­ously to sup­port Wal­mart’s plan. ••

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