Walmart is considering developing a neighborhood grocery store in the former Target location on Saddle Creek Road.
An attorney for Walmart has been in informal contacts with the city for about a year, said Omaha City Councilman Chris Jerram, who represents the area.
Jerram said nothing has been finalized. He said the company is discussing the issue with the owners of that property.
The potential Walmart location at 360 N. Saddle Creek Road is just north of Dodge Street in a lot with Westlake Ace Hardware and a Panera Bread restaurant.
The building has been empty since 2006, when Target closed the store after relocating to Crossroads Mall, 72nd and Dodge Streets.
At about 38,000 square feet, Walmart's Neighborhood Markets are about half the size of a typical supermarket.
The stores, generally open 24 hours a day, sell meat, dairy products, produce, baked goods, deli items and household supplies. They also include a pharmacy and sell health and beauty items.
Jerram said the University of Nebraska Medical Center had considered using the Saddle Creek Road site but eventually decided against it.
The councilman said he has been hoping for a retail store at that location, and he is excited about the prospect of new jobs.
“It's an area that needs redevelopment, that's for sure,” Jerram said.
Walmart has previously announced plans for Neighborhood Markets at these locations: 132nd Street and West Maple Road; 90th and Lake Streets; 168th and Harrison Streets; 96th Street and Giles Road, La Vista; 50th and L Streets; and 2109 Towne Centre Drive in Bellevue.
The Bellevue and West Maple Road stores are scheduled to open in the spring.
Walmart also is building a full-sized store at 50th Street and Ames Avenue.
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