New Walmart in Ogden right on schedule

Feb 28 2011 - 10:36pm

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Construction work, shown on Wednesday, on the new Walmart store in Ogden is going as planned. The store should be ready to open for business by mid-May.
NICHOLAS DRANEY/Standard-Examiner
Construction work, shown on Wednesday, on the new Walmart store in Ogden is going as planned. The store should be ready to open for business by mid-May.

OGDEN -- Finishing touches are being applied to a 150,000-square-foot Walmart supercenter at the intersection of 20th Street and Wall Avenue in preparation for the store's mid-May opening.

Following the installation of store fixtures in April, shelves will be stocked with merchandise, Delia Garcia, a spokeswoman for Walmart, said Monday, adding that construction has proceeded smoothly.

"Everything has gone according to schedule," she said. "We are very pleased to serve the Ogden community and bring one-stop shopping for general merchandise and groceries."

The store will feature extensive landscaping and will incorporate green technologies such as skylights, state-of-the-art lighting, as well as high-efficiency heating, ventilation and air conditioning.

New curb, gutter and sidewalk for the store will be located along Wall Avenue and 20th Street.

A walkway on the north side of the store's entry driveway could serve future development to the north.

In addition, a 500-foot-long section of 20th Street west of Wall Avenue is being altered to accommodate two-way traffic.

The city has vacated two small pieces of right of way on the north and south sides of 20th Street east of Wall Avenue, enabling Utah Department of Transportation to install a pair of traffic lights for two-way traffic.

A raised median will be installed from Rushton Street to Wall Avenue and the bridge on Wall Avenue south to 20th Street.

Two-way traffic along 20th Street from Rushton Street to Wall Avenue will begin after the median and traffic lights are installed. Businesses in the area will be notified before the traffic pattern changes, said Vic Saunders, a spokesman for UDOT.

At around the same time that Walmart opens, Northern Exposure, 1847 Wall Ave., is slated to cease operating as a sexually oriented business under a zoning ordinance passed by the city council in 2009, said Tom Christopoulos, the city's deputy director of community and economic development.

However, it's possible that Northern Exposure may reopen at the same location as a sports bar, he said.

Officials with Northern Exposure could not be reached for comment Monday regarding plans for the business.

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