The long-rumored Sam’s Club, which would be located near the Spokane Valley Costco at 5601 E. Sprague, is not going to happen.
Instead, expect a new Wal-mart instead.
Last week, it was announced the Wal-Mart, which also owns and operates Sam’s Club warehouse-style retail stores, would build a new complex at 5500 E. Sprague. The store is expected to open in spring 2012.
“We are thrilled to offer our Spokane-area customers the savings we provide on the products and services they need, especially during tough economic times, Jennifer Spall, Wal-Mart’s senior manager of public affairs, announced in a statement released last Friday afternoon. “Now, more than ever, hardworking families are looking for ways to save, and Wal-mart is part of that solution.”
The new Wal-Mart will be the second in the city of Spokane Valley, the first is on Broadway east of Sullivan Road.
While Ken Thompson, the city’s finance director, says under state law he can’t divulge how much sales tax revenue the city collects from the existing Wal-Mart, he can say that – next to auto dealerships – the “big box” stores account for the majority of what’s brought in.
“It will certainly help,” he said. “We’ll get more excited when it actually happens.”
There’s also the possibility, he added, that the second store will cannibalize some of the revenue from the pre-existing Wal-Mart on Broadway.
The Sprague Avenue site was originally expected to house a Sam’s Club, however – perhaps due to the proximity to Costco – the retailer went with the more traditional Wal-Mart.
The store will feature general merchandise, groceries, a pharmacy and a garden center. Environmentally friendly lighting systems, skylights and automated light-dimming systems will be incorporated into the building.
The store is expected to employ 300 associates, with the majority of the positions being full time, according to Spall.
“We look forward to bringing the community good jobs with competitive wages and benefits, and the opportunity for our associates to build careers with Wal-Mart.
Construction on the store is set to begin in spring 2011.