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Friday, 08 February 2013 06:50

Old Mervyn's to Become Walmart, Confirmed by Construction Company

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The Old Mervyn's Building on Geer Road in Turlock to be New Home of Walmart Store. 02-03-13 The Old Mervyn's Building on Geer Road in Turlock to be New Home of Walmart Store. 02-03-13 David Fransen
The former home of Turlock's Mervyn's will soon host a Walmart store.

Reeve-Knight Construction, responsible for developing the building, confirmed the long-suspected development on their website. Reeve-Knight employees could not be reached for comment.

Turlock Deputy Director of Development Services Debbie Whitmore confirmed Thursday that construction permits have been pulled for the building. But Whitmore said developers have yet to inform Turlock of the tenant.

It remains unclear exactly what type of store Walmart will build in the former Mervyn's building, located at 2840 Geer Rd. But based on allowed uses for the site, the business is expected to be a Walmart Neighborhood Market, rumored as far back as April 2012

Turlock Planning Commissioners approved repurposing the 61,000 square foot building as a 24-hour discount grocery store in April 2012. At that time, no prospective tenant was identified, but building elevations depicted the Mervyns building repainted in the brown and tan color scheme of Walmart Neighborhood Market stores.

As only a discount grocery store is permitted at the site, Walmart would be unable to build a rumored Sam's Club or general Walmart Discount Store in the former Mervyn's.

Walmart introduced the Neighborhood Market chain in 1998 as smaller-footprint stores offering mainly groceries and a pharmacy. Walmart now operates about 200 such stores, averaging 38,000 square feet and employing 95 associates.

The former Mervyn's has sat vacant since the chain announced bankruptcy in 2009.

More information will follow on this story as it becomes available.


Related Article:
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  • Guest - unions

    raleys and savemart stores will go out of business and good paying jobs will be lost to slum jobs provided by walmart

  • Guest - Healthy Competition

    I think this is great news! Unions shouldn't be afraid of competition. We saw the tactics they used recently at the Raley's on Geer. The entire store staff was opposed to striking and they brought in fake employees from all over to fill the picket lines. I'm a loyal Raley's customer but I will definitely be checking out the new WalMart

  • Another bad move by our City officials. Turlock City Manager Roy Wasden didn't have any idea that this was confirmed! are you serious. This move will put a big hit on the other two stores that are all within walking distance of this new store. In regards to the (Healthy Competition comment) would you change your remarks if you were one of those Raley's Union workers? No, you wouldn't comment at all. You are a loyal Raley's customer but will definitely be checking out the new WalMart? look up the word loyal in the dictionary, it's not you.

  • Guest - Healthy Competition

    Butch ~

    You're first comment doesn't make any sense. I shop a couple times a week at Raley's I even received a $34 voucher for my loyalty recently. That being said I am much more loyal to my family and pocket book. If I can buy goods 25% cheaper at Walmart I'm there. Only a fool would shop elsewhere. Having said that, I'm SURE you continue shopping at Raley's.

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