Niagara Gazette

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October 4, 2013

Walmart construction to start next week in Lockport

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Niagara Gazette — After two summers of dealing with birds, Walmart took action this spring. Buffalo Exterminating was called out to the mall site in March, to get rid of nesting materials and encourage the gulls to leave. The efforts were "effective," Walmart officials said last month.

The Walmart Supercenter is a major component of the town's Transit North Historic Canalway Corridor. Transit North is an eight-mile stretch of retail shopping from Main Street in the City of Lockport to Tonawanda Creek Road in Pendleton. The corridor's goal is to turn South Transit into a major retail center, anchored by Walmart, drawing locals who currently shop elsewhere, as well as tourists.

Lockport’s 185,209 square-foot supercenter will replace the current Walmart, located less than half a mile south of the mall site on South Transit Road. There are about 200 people working at the existing store.

Town officials have said there are parties interested in occupying the old Walmart site. At least one department store has expressed interest.

Contact reporter Joe Olenick at 439-9222, ext. 6241 or follow him on Twitter @joeolenick.

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