Walmart Neighborhood Market Coming to Bryan

A new grocery store is coming to Bryan from the nation's largest retailer.

Walmart is planning to open up a Neighborhood Market on Texas Avenue where Albertson's used to be at the Carson Street intersection.

It's along an area that's seen a number of vacant buildings for years after businesses closed for good.

While this is not a Walmart Supercenter, it's a smaller store that will provide groceries and other services including selling alcohol.

According to Walmart's corporate website, this type of store normally employees around 95 employees.

It's a twice weekly ritual for Ethel Caldwell of Bryan who comes by this empty shopping center building to buy items at the King Dollar store next door.

"I come here every Monday and every Friday. I used to come on Wednesday but I don't work on Wednesday no more," said Caldwell, who's called Bryan home more than 50 years.

Caldwell was excited to learn Walmart will be remodeling the 62,000 square foot, boarded up building into a Neighborhood Market.

She used to come shopping at Albertsons.

"I liked it. It was big and nice inside I didn't buy too much I just come in here and bought me a few things not much. It was nice," she remembered.

What was an Albertsons was a Sears before that and has been sitting here empty for about six years.

"Having vacant buildings sit for a long time is obviously not a good thing," said Martin Zimmermann, the Planning Administrator for Bryan.

Zimmerman said the permit has been approve which will include a $3.5 million renovation.

"This would be like I said only a 62,000 square foot store as compared to a supercenter which I think is usually in the range of about 150,000 square feet," he said.

Kyle Rood just moved into the neighborhood on Wayside Drive and says he'll try it out when they open.

He's most concerned about more traffic and speeders in his neighborhood.

"If you start putting in more stores or something like that you are going to get a little more hectic going through right down here at the intersection," said Rood.

"It sure is it's going to be real nice," said Caldwell.

Several neighbors were very disappointed to learn that a Walmart-related store would be opening here but they all declined to speak with us on camera.

We are still waiting to hear back from Walmart to learn a timeline when the remodeling and opening would happen.

The city is not providing any incentives to bring this Walmart Neighborhood Market to Texas Avenue.

However they are still in negotiations and recently approved a sales tax break of up to $5 million over a 15 year period to bring a Walmart Supercenter to F-M 2818 near Villa Maria Road in west Bryan.

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