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So What's the Next Step for Walmart?

We speak to the realty development company in charge of making Walmart a reality in Florissant.

For those Florissant residents looking to see a new Walmart store in the area by the end of this year or early next year, they’ll have to wait a little longer.

THF Florissant representative Jeff Otto said that there’s a number of steps to be done before the company reaches the construction phase.

Otto said in an interview with Patch that the next phase is to deal with site plan approval for engineering with the Army Corps of Engineers, Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District (MSD) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

He said each agency plays a role in looking at the site, such as MSD reviewing the storm water detention, FEMA looking at the floodplain and Army Corps examining jurisdictional water for creeks in the area.

He said each of the agencies processes could take six months, but each will be done simultaneously with the intentions to be finished at the same time.

Following the engineering site plans, Otto said the next step will be to start the actual building designs.

He estimates that the opening of the Walmart store would not come until summer or fall of 2013, with construction estimated to take six to nine months.

Otto said that he will be working with Florissant city staff for the FEMA approval process as well as getting the appropriate permits for the structure, but the plans are moving forward.

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Nici Simmons July 19, 2012 at 01:13 AM
I for one cannot wait for Walmart to open here. While the opening of the new Bridgeton location has helped us to avoid the horror of the Ferguson store, the sheer number of people there at all times is maddening and I've given up looking for parking on one occasion and went to the St. Charles location! We need this Walmart. Myself being a young professional with a family, I do not want to spend an exorbunt amount of money on necessities and groceries. I'd much rather have the extra money for my home, vacation, and to spend at various small businesses around Florissant. Regardless of peoples ill towards Walmart they're putting people to work and keeping tax dollars in our own community. If you do not like Walmart, do not shop there but do not think you csn make that choice for the entire community.
Nancy in Florissant April 29, 2013 at 01:48 PM
I can't wait for Walmart to open. We have needed one for a long time.It amazes me the trouble they have with the council getting this store that will be so good for residents.Cheaper groceries and prescriptions will help many here. I hope they get it done soon.

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