Walmart Stores Inc. and local leaders held a groundbreaking ceremony July 11 for the new North Tonawanda Walmart at the site of the new store at the corner of Erie Avenue and Niagara Falls Boulevard.
The new Walmart will feature more than 30 aisles of general merchandise as well as a full-service grocery department with a bakery, deli, and produce department.
More than 300 jobs will be created.
"This project will provide hundreds of thousands of tax dollars to the City of North Tonawanda, hundreds of new jobs, and not one dollar of public money is being spent on the construction of this store," North Tonawanda Mayor Robert G. Ortt stated. "Walmart wants to be here, the vast majority of North Tonawanda residents want them here, and finally they are here."
Ortt noted that arriving at the groundbreaking had involved a long process, delayed by lawsuits from a small number of opponents of the Walmart store. The City of North Tonawanda was forced to go to court, where the municipality successfully defended the right of retailers such as Walmart to launch commercial enterprises in North Tonawanda.