Walmart announced today that it has signed a second lease on another dormant retail space in Bellevue – the former Mervyn’s at Factoria Mall, which had been vacant for five years. Last week the retailer announced that it leased space in the Kelsey Creek shopping center. The two new stores will create approximately 220 jobs.
“We think our stores can be part of the solution for residents who need a job or want more affordable options close to home,” said Matti Havener, Walmart Senior Director and Regional General Manager for Washington and Oregon. “At the same time, we have the opportunity to revive two, dormant retail properties and deliver an added economic boost for the area.”
Walmart will renovate the former Kmart at the Kelsey Creek Center and the former Mervyn’s space at the Factoria Mall. Details of the projects include:
- The Kelsey Creek location will be a 64,000-square-foot Walmart Neighborhood Market, which is a smaller format than Walmart’s full-service stores, will focus on providing groceries and general merchandise. It will feature a wide variety of products, including: fresh produce, meats and dairy products, frozen foods, dry goods and staples, deli foods, bakery items, canned and packaged goods, condiments and spices, pet supplies, household supplies and one-hour photo center. It will employ approximately 95 associates and join an LA Fitness to replace the empty Kmart building at 148th Ave. and Main St.
- Walmart also will renovate the former Mervyn’s space at Factoria Mall. The 76,000-square-foot Walmart will offer a full range of general merchandise. When completed, the store will employ approximately 125 associates.
Both stores will feature energy-efficient technology and environmentally-sound features designed to reduce energy and water consumption and minimize waste, including skylights and LED lighting.
Walmart currently employs more than 19,000 associates at 57 Washington locations. The retailer’s average wage for regular, full-time hourly associates in Washington is $12.79 per hour.
Publisher’s Note: This is GREAT news for Bellevue in so many ways. Thank you Walmart!
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