Amy Bilbo doesn’t have a grocery store near her home in south Hurst and has to drive for at least 15 minutes to go shopping.
“It’s been a little bit of a beating to drive to the grocery store. We’ve had construction for so long. Traffic is a deterrent to grocery shopping,” Bilbo said.
She will soon have another, closer option after plans were announced for a Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market in a vacant shopping center at Precinct Line and Pipeline roads.
City officials announced late last week that the market is scheduled to open in late 2015 or early 2016.
“This is almost historic for our city …,” said spokeswoman Ashleigh Johnson.
“Public/private partnerships are essential, and to get a corporate partner like that is vital. A Neighborhood Market is something we are wanting, and it’s been well-proven that a Neighborhood Wal-Mart attracts additional development,” she said.
The shopping center will be renamed Shops at Hurst.
Burk Collins, who is developing the Shops at Hurst, said the center has been vacant for about 15 years, and that the Wal-Mart market will anchor the shopping area, which will have other retail, including a Dollar Tree.
Collins said construction could start in late November.
“I don’t sleep well with an empty building just sitting there,” he said.
Anne Hatfield, director of communications for Wal-Mart, said the Neighborhood Market will be 41,000 square feet and will feature plenty of parking, along with fresh produce, a bakery, deli and a pharmacy.
Johnson said many living in south Hurst are senior citizens and younger families, and they like the idea of having a grocery store nearby.
Bilbo said she has to find time for grocery shopping, often juggling errands with her teenagers’ school activities.
“It’s cool to think that we will have a wonderful, viable option for grocery shopping,” Bilbo said.