Groundbreaking held for new Waukesha Wal-Mart

The 177,557-square-foot Wal-Mart Supercenter store will be built at at South West Avenue and Highway 59 in Waukesha.

A groundbreaking ceremony was held Monday to celebrate the start of construction of a new, 177,557-square-foot Wal-Mart Supercenter store at South West Avenue and Highway 59 in Waukesha.

The general contractor for the construction project is Elmhurt, Ill.-based International Contractors Inc.

The store will replace the 120,000-square-foot Wal-Mart store at W226 S1500, Highway 164, Waukesha, which will close when the new store opens next fall.

Unlike the existing store on Highway 164, the new Wal-Mart store will include a gocery department.

The Highway 164 store opened in 1991. All of the 202 employees from that store will be transferred to the new store and an additional 85 jobs (mostly full time positions) will be created at the new store.

The Highway 164 store is located in the Town of Waukesha. The new Wal-Mart store will be the first Wal-Mart built in the City of Waukesha.

“Waukesha eagerly looks forward to the first Wal-Mart in the city,” said Waukesha Mayor Larry Nelson. “It will help our economic development with new jobs and offer more shopping options for all of our residents, especially in the southern half of the city.”

Bentonville, Ark.-based Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has 83 Wal-Mart stores and 12 Sam’s Club stores in the state.

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