After sitting out the worst of the recession, Wal-Mart is again expanding its presence in the Las Vegas Valley.
The Arkansas-based retail giant plans to build a 169,000-square-foot "supercenter” at the corner of South Rainbow Boulevard and Blue Diamond Road. An opening date has not been set, but it usually takes between 10 and 12 months to build a new store, company spokeswoman Delia Garcia said.
Wal-Mart already has about 20 locations in the valley. Garcia said the new store will provide fresh groceries to an underserved area of Las Vegas.
The lower reaches of the southwest valley, where the store will be built, were hit especially hard with foreclosures and still have large tracts of undeveloped land.
“We see an opportunity to serve customers and give them affordable options,” Garcia said.
The most recent Wal-Mart stores in the valley opened in 2008, at 3075 E. Tropicana Ave. and 7200 Arroyo Crossing Parkway, Garcia said. The Arroyo Crossing store is just three miles north of the planned supercenter.
The Clark County Zoning Commission on Aug. 8 approved plans for the new location. Reports at the time said the 169,075-square-foot store and 688 parking spaces would be built on a 16.8-acre site.