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Wal-mart opens next week

by Scott Murphy, Staff Writer

The newest option for Carson Valley shoppers opens in one week.

The Wal-Mart SuperCenter is moving barely a mile from its Carson City locale across the county line into Douglas County and opens Aug. 14.

In February 2001, Wal-Mart announced it would leave its Carson City store and relocate to Douglas County.

The company is expected to earn more than $1 million in annual sales tax revenue for the county.

The move resulted from Wal-Mart’s desire to add a grocery store to its Carson City store. A lease agreement with shopping center owners prevented Wal-Mart from doing so, and the Bentonville, Ark., based retail giant looked for a new location.

The 224,000 square-foot “SuperCenter” on Topsy Lane, features a grocery store and various service-oriented businesses both inside and outside the center, said Wal-Mart spokeswoman Amy Hill.

The 24-hour operation will be similar in size and scope to a SuperCenter in Reno.

It will employ more than 400 people. Wal-Mart will hire an additional 200 workers to its Carson City work force, which will transfer to the new store.

The store sits on land formerly owned by Capitol Courts and Edgar “Red” Roberts.

Last year, it was sold to Roberts for $1.85 million, who sold it later the same day to Wal-Mart for $3.5 million, according to the Douglas County Recorder’s office.

Drivers traveling between Carson City and Minden this week will see additional lights along the commute.

Douglas County activated its new traffic signal at Topsy Lane Tuesday.

Turning on the signal could cause a few minor delays as traffic was stopped so motorists are not startled by the sudden turn-on, said Ron Roman, of the Douglas County Engineering Department.

Roman said flashing warning lights were moved Monday night so northbound motorists driving to Carson City would be aware of the Topsy signal.

The signal is part of the construction of the new 223,498-square-foot Wal-Mart SuperCenter.