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Start date for Caroline County Walmart pushed back to 2018

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Posted at 5:14 PM, Aug 31, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-31 18:21:11-04

CAROLINE COUNTY, Va. – The start date for a new Walmart Supercenter that will be built at the intersection of Ladysmith and Green Roads has been pushed back to 2018.

Caroline County officials said the delay is due to Walmart’s internal deliberations and decision-making process and was out of their ability to control.

The 158,000 square foot store is now expected to open in 2020.

“County officials remain in contact with Walmart representatives but have not been told what determines their decision-making process regarding timing for the project.  The County continues to press for an opening at the earliest possible date,” said Caroline County Administrator Charles Culley Jr.

Walmart Spokesperson Phil Keene released a statement regarding the Caroline County project that read:

“Walmart is not in a position to comment on the status or timing of the Ladysmith project at the present time, but we will have more to share at the appropriate time. We want to emphasize that the Caroline County Board of Supervisors and staff have been great to work with throughout the process, and we appreciate all the County’s cooperation and assistance.”

Walmart and Richmond-based Blackwood Development have concluded the purchase of approximately 40 acres in Caroline County where the store will be located.

In addition to the Walmart, Blackwood Development plans to invest $20 million to develop 100,000 square feet of retail and services.

“Walmart has expressed its appreciation for the County’s support of the project and the pro-business approach and professionalism exhibited by the Board of Supervisors and County staff,” added Culley Jr.

County officials said upgrades of Rt. 639 are still scheduled to go forward in support of the project and the overall development of the corridor to make shopping more convenient.

The new Walmart Supercenter is expected to bring around 300 new jobs to Caroline County.