Wal-Mart plans to open a Neighborhood Market store in Independence this summer.
“We are excited to be bringing this to the community,” Erica Jones, the company’s senior manager of communications, said Wednesday.
The store will be at the site of the 50-year-old Gaslight Square, which will be demolished, at the northeast corner of Noland Road and 35th Street.
This will be the company’s second Neighborhood Market on the Missouri side of the metro area. The company opened one last summer in Blue Springs. At 41,000 square feet, it’s about one-fifth the size of a regular Wal-Mart SuperCenter.
“Basically it’s a grocery store version of a Wal-Mart,” Jones said, adding that the Independence store will have a pharmacy and a limited line of non-grocery items.
Jones said the company would hire about 95 people for full-time and part-time positions.
The company already has a regular Wal-Mart store and Sam’s Club in Independence, plus a Wal-Mart just off the city’s southwest corner at Blue Ridge Crossing. The neighborhood stores fill a different part of the market, the company says.
“It is really about looking at what the options are in the neighborhood, and what the food options are,” Jones said.
Last summer, the Independence City Council approved a liquor license for Wal-Mart at that site. Mayor Don Reimal at that time said he had talked with Independence School District officials – Truman High School is immediately to the north – and he said officials indicated they had no problem with Wal-Mart moving in.