WEST HAVEN -- After several years of discussions, possibilities and negotiations, Walmart is finally coming to West Haven.
Mayor Brian Melaney told city council members at a work session Wednesday that Walmart has decided to move forward with building a store in West Haven.
Melaney said he has met with an attorney, engineer and architect from the Walmart headquarters in Bentonville, Ark.
"They intend to introduce their latest design for the store, one that hasn't yet been used in Utah," Melaney said. "One new feature will include more pleasing (pathways) as the shoppers enter the store."
Representatives from the company will attend the July 10 planning commission meeting to lay out their plans for the store and get the required preliminary site-plan approvals.
They then will meet with the city council July 17. Two more preliminary meetings are required with both the planning commission and the city council before the deal can be finalized and work can begin.
The Walmart will be located on the west side of Midland Drive and south of 4000 South. It will be about 155,000 square feet in size. It will include a full-service supermarket, a garden center, pharmacy, a Tire & Lube Express, electronics, clothing, housewares and more.
"If all goes as planned, building will begin in early spring of 2014," Melaney said.
This will be the first grocery store in West Haven since it was incorporated 19 years ago.
Melaney added that Walmart should attract other retailers to the surrounding area.