Latest Walmart Expansion Plans for Chico

Jan 25, 2016 10:41 PM by Marc Blaine

Walmart is determined to expand the size of its store in Chico. Despite being turned down by the city in its first attempt, this past summer the company submitted another application for expansion.

According to the city's Community Development Department, it's waiting on an environmental impact report to be completed by a consultant. At that point,
city planners can make a recommendation to the Planning Commission on whether Walmart's expansion plan falls within city guidelines.

The proposed expansion would turn the current store on Forest Avenue into a super-center, increasing in size to 200,000 square feet. Seven years ago the city rejected an expansion plan for the site, that Walmart has reworked to make the latest proposal more attractive..

"On this iteration we have a gas station proposed by the corner and we have a drive-thru proposal on the new expanded building that allows you to pick up groceries that you've previously called in for pick-up," said Mike Sawley, an associate planner for the City of Chico.

The environmental impact report is expected to be completed in the next couple months. The public will be able to comment before the Planning Commission takes a vote. A larger Walmart is expected to create more than 80 jobs.


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