A newly built Walmart Supercenter will open at the northwest corner of 50th Street and Ames Avenue in early 2014.
Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle said north Omaha needs the store and its jobs.
"It fills a tremendous retail and grocery need in addition to providing new employment opportunities in an area of our community where the demand for all of these needs is great," Suttle said.
Walmart officials joined Suttle to announce the $30 million project at a Monday morning press conference.
The plan is to tear down a Baker's Supermarket that has been vacant for six years and a Family Dollar Store that closed in February to make way for the 184,000-square-foot, full-service discount store. Mid-K Beauty Supply is expected to relocate in a strip shopping center on the property.
Plans were submitted to the city and will need approval. The developer also will be seeking approval of tax-increment financing to help with infrastructure costs. Those approvals are expected to take the rest of this year, meaning construction would start in spring of 2013.
In addition to a grocery department with fresh produce, meat, dairy, the store will include an outdoor garden center, everyday household items, electronics, apparel and a pharmacy, as well as a bakery and deli.
The store would employ about 275 full- and part-time workers.
"We look forward to providing job opportunities and career choices, from seniors looking for supplemental income to young people wanting to gain work experience to associates looking to build a career," said Jim Canney, Market Manager for Walmart stores in Omaha.
As of January 31, 2012, the total number of Walmart associates in Nebraska was 10,631 with the average wage for a regular, full-time hourly associate at $11.87 per hour.
Nearly 75 percent of Walmart's store management team joined the company as hourly associates. In 2011, more than 166,000 hourly associates in Walmart U.S. stores received promotions, and the majority of those associates were women.
Walmart offers associates a benefits package that provides more cash up-front to pay for eligible medical expenses, the potential to receive more income today through a bonus incentive program, and incentives to pay and help plan for retirement — including matching up to 6 percent of a 401(k) program.
Potential job seekers can visit www.careers.walmart.com. The retailer will also create numerous temporary jobs during the store's construction phase.
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