Walmart Super Center to break ground this month
Walmart will break ground later this month on a long-planned Walmart Super Center on Bluebonnet Boulevard and Burbank Drive. A company spokeswoman tells Daily Report that Clark Construction Inc. of McComb, Miss., has been awarded the contract to build the 150,000-square-foot structure, which is scheduled to open in summer 2014. Construction for the project was previously estimated at around $7 million, with a total project cost of more than $11 million. Spokeswoman Erica Jones could not confirm those estimates today. The Walmart Super Center—which is the latest of several key retail and residential projects in the burgeoning south Baton Rouge area—was first announced in 2008 but tabled for several years because of the recession. Earlier this year, Walmart put the project out to bid, though sources tell Daily Report that it was later re-bid because the initial estimates came in too high. Clark Construction has considerable experience building Walmart outlets. According to the company's website, it has completed 57 Walmart stores since 1987, totaling more than $265 million. —Stephanie Riegel
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