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New 75th Street Walmart Supercenter Delayed

Due to a delay in closing on the property, the target completion date for a proposed Walmart Supercenter in Naperville has been pushed back.

The target opening date for a proposed Walmart Supercenter has been pushed back several months due to delays.

Earlier: Walmart to Get Tax Break for New Naperville Supercenter 

Naperville City Council voted Tuesday night to reflect changes in the schedule of the proposed 170,000 square-foot development, which would be located on 75th Street and Beebe Drive.

After receiving a sales tax rebate of $1.75 million over 10 years, the store will take the place of Walmart’s current Naperville location, 776 S. Route 59.

According to the city, the original agreement required Walmart "to obtain ownership of the property by Jan. 1, 2013 and be open by Jan. 1, 2014." However, Walmart faced delays while finalizing details with the property owner as well as seeking confirmation from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that no wetlands existed on the site of the development.

The proposed site for Walmart is bordered by Springbrook Prairie Forest Preserve to the south and east and was previously part of the forest preserve before it was zoned for commercial use.   

Under the new agreement, Walmart must obtain ownership of the property by April 30, 2013, with the store open and operating by April 30, 2014. 

Naperville City Council members voted unanimously in August to adopt a resolution giving Walmart a sales tax incentive to relocate within the city. Councilman Joe Mcelroy, who was originally on the fence about the development but voted in favor of it in August, had a change of heart Tuesday. 

"It seems like this is one of those rare occasions were we actually get a second crack at the vote and I'm going to take advantage of it," he said.

While Mcelroy was the only dissenting vote Tuesday, other council members continued to stand by the project. 

"This was a good idea then, it's a good idea now," said Council member Grant Wherli. "If we don't do this Walmart goes literally across the street to Aurora taking all sales tax dollars with it, leaving us with a $1 million-hole in our general fund." 

Albert Gazalooch May 13, 2013 at 09:28 PM
Most of the Naperville Walmart employees are section 8'ers from Aurora, Montgomery and Oswego.
Mickey K May 14, 2013 at 01:26 AM
Sorry Jmullen but I am more than informed that the Walmart space occupied currently is leased by a separate company and the Sam's Club building is owned by Walmart. Not really sure about the necessity of your tone....I do not feel it necessary to defend myself to you...
Melissa Walther July 31, 2013 at 10:09 PM
My primary concern is how the Walmart store will impact traffic on Fort Hill Dr. I live right off this street and the traffic is already very heavy on the weekend. I have two small children and today we had a car plow over my neighbor's mailbox and end up in our yard. Luckily, no one was injured and the driver (based on my neighbor's account from the officer) was cited (not sure what for or how the accident happened). I'm extremely concerned about how this Walmart impact my neighborhood!!
Sandy Cash March 10, 2014 at 12:22 AM
yo Mickey K - yes hire more people to put on welfare - they lower price are because they don't care about there employees - they get low wages and not a good health insurance - the reason companies are going overseas is WAL-MART there sell items below the actual cost of making it in the united states so to make it cheaper with cheaper labor they go overseas
Albert Gazalooch March 10, 2014 at 09:54 PM
How do you know Walmart doesn't care about their employees? What proof of this do you have? That fact you don't know the difference between "there and "their" indicates you qualify to work there. Who's forcing people to work at Walmart? Who's holding people down so they have a better income sitting at home reaping government handouts instead of working a job better than Walmart? I'll bet you have all the answers don't you! Please...... don't even mention Bush because that excuse is as old as the hills!

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