Walmart expansion begins in Aberdeen
As construction begins on the Walmart expansion in Aberdeen, residents will begin to notice activity around the store.
Construction inside the store started this week as crews move fixtures and prepare for the expansion into a Super Walmart size. Outside construction will follow.
First announced in 2010, the expansion used public input in the redesign to better serve local residents. Complaints about the expansion came early with residents saying the expansion would bring more traffic delays to East Aberdeen as well as impact local businesses.
Hoquiam resident Judy Carter said, in 2011, that there is only so much money that can be spent on the Harbor, “There will be more stores closing down and I think we’ve lost enough”. Carter was one of eight speakers who addressed the Aberdeen City Council 2 years ago to reconsider allowing Walmart the permits needed to expand.
The state Shoreline Hearings Board had unanimously ruled the building expansion needed to provide better public access to the waterfront. Following comments, the expansion was delayed and adjusted to accommodate recommendations.
Equipment will be seen in and around the store. Customers should be prepared for changes and some delays as the construction efforts continue locally.
Equipment seen in East Aberdeen as the Walmart expansion begins.
Taken by Alex Kluh. *Edited by KXRO*