Northeast Tarrant

Work begins on Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market in Hurst

A vacant shopping center at the busy corner of Precinct Line and Pipeline roads is being demolished to make way for a Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market that will likely open next spring.

Ashleigh Johnson, a spokeswoman for the city said the building, vacant for 15 years is about halfway demolished.

Groundbreaking ceremonies were held last week on the vacant parking.

Residents in south Hurst were clamoring for a grocery store after IGA pulled out of the shopping center several years ago, and it was difficult for people to get to grocery stores easily because of road construction in the area.

City Manager Allan Weegar said the Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market is a perfect fit for Hurst’s “transformation” of the Precinct Line and Pipeline area that began with the Heritage Village project, which includes an upscale apartment complex and the Hurst Senior Activity Center.

“We're confident that this vibrant development will bring further redevelopment along the Pipeline corridor,” Weegar said.

Burk Collins, who is developing the center called Shops at Hurst, has told the Star-Telegram that the Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market will anchor the area, and other stores such as Dollar Tree plan to locate in the center.

The 41,000-square-foot neighborhood market will feature a pharmacy, bakery, deli, fresh produce and ample parking.

Elizabeth Campbell, 817-390-7696

Twitter: @fwstliz