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Walmart project taking shape

December 17, 2012
By LEVI PASCHER , The Leader Herald

GLOVERSVILLE - The exterior structure of the new Walmart Supercenter at the end of South Kingsboro Avenue is under construction as the retail giant aims to get the store ready for a summer opening.

Mayor Dayton King said the store may have a grand opening July 10.

King and County Planning Director James Mraz said the construction of the exterior portion of the building is expected to be completed before the first major snowfall so the workers can continue on the interior portion during the winter.

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The new Walmart Supercenter is under construction off South Kingsboro Avenue in Gloversville.
The Leader-Herald/Bill Trojan

"They are moving right along," city Department of Public Works Director Kevin Jones said. "Their construction is on target to work through the winter and then open on the intended opening date."

Walmart in July selected Bast-Hatfield Construction of Clifton Park to lead construction.

Mraz said a lot of the site work has been completed and the building is being erected.

The 157,100-square-foot building is estimated to bring an additional $100,000 in sales tax revenue next year, said Deputy Finance Commissioner Theresa Butkevitch.

"This is going to bring significant sales and property tax to the city of Gloversville," King said. "It will also bring additional revenue with the retail businesses that will typically follow a supercenter."

King said he expects an additional $600,000 to $800,000 in revenue in a fiscal year from Walmart once it is fully operational.

While no additional businesses have been officially approved to move near the supercenter, the city and county are expecting additional development in that area, Mraz said.

According to the New York State Route 30A Break-in Access Traffic Study presented to the Common Council last week, some of the development in that location could include retail, church, fast food, hotel, offices, a supermarket and a gas station.

Jones said some of the potential businesses used in the study were chosen based on the traffic it would bring, not any specific plans to build them.

King said here would be a fast-food business at the Kingsboro and Route 30A intersection, but he didn't name a specific company.

He said a lot of developers and commercial businesses have been contacting the city over the past several years about the possibility of moving to a location near the new Walmart.

"Look around at the other Walmart supercenters around here and those are the types of chain businesses that have a tendency to follow a Walmart," Mraz said. "There has been nothing official brought to any local planning board yet of a business wanting to move to that area, but that is certainly something that is going to be anticipated."

Walmart has more than 2,900 supercenters in the United States, including in Amsterdam, Herkimer and Cobleskill. The Walmart in Amsterdam has several retail businesses in the same plaza and a Taco Bell.

An associate real estate broker with Corporate Commercial Real Estate Services, John McCaffer, said he is marketing the land to a variety of businesses that may want to move onto the 20 acres between Dr. Thomas Eagan's office and the Cataract Care Center near the intersection of South Kingsboro and Route 30A.

"We are trying to attract retailers that want to be around Walmart," McCaffer said. "We are talking to developers that may want to develop it into a strip or something that would bring in tenants, and I am also talking to the tenants directly."

"Good things are going to be coming to the city," King said.

City Building Inspector Rob Robbins said the Walmart project originally was estimated to cost $6.7 million, but the cost likely has gone up.

When the new Walmart opens, the existing Walmart in the town of Johnstown will close. Walmart officials could not be reached for comment for this story.

Levi Pascher covers Gloversville news. He can be reached by email at



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