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Pikeville Walmart is moving forward

By Steve Herring
Published in News on July 17, 2012 1:54 PM

PIKEVILLE -- Walmart is advertising on its website for a supervisor for the nearly 14,000-square-foot Walmart Express the company plans to build at 303 S. Goldsboro St. (U.S. 117 Alternate) just north of the Food Lion supermarket.

The website indicates that the posting for the position was last updated July 4.

The store, a scaled-down version of a traditional Walmart, will mostly be a grocery store, but also will include a pharmacy and fueling station.

The project's stormwater runoff plans have been reviewed and were approved by the county last week, said Wayne County Planner Connie Price.

The county is now waiting on the company to submit a maintenance agreement that it will maintain runoff ponds and other aspects of the stormwater runoff plans in the future, Price said.

There is no deadline for getting the agreement back to the county.

"They are unable to get a (building) permit until they get that back to us, so it is to their benefit to get it back sooner," Price said.

"As far as I know, I think that we have approved all of the building plans," said Steve Stroud, director of the Wayne County Inspections Department. "They have still not (applied for) their permits yet. Once they get the permits, they have six months to get started."

If the work is not started by then, the permits lapse, Stroud said.

Stroud said he did not know how much the project is expected to cost. The county will find that out when the permits are issued.

However, Pikeville Town Administrator Kathie Fields has said the building is expected to cost about $800,000, and that the costs will be nearly the same to construct the fueling station and canopy.

Walmart built similar Express stores last spring, one of which opened in October in Snow Hill.