Two and a
half weeks ago when Walmart brought singer Pitbull to Kodiak, some thought it
might have been a good time to drop some more news on the town - the expansion
of the local store into what the corporation calls a "Super Center."
Spencer, the director of Corporate Communications for Walmart in Arkansas, told
KMXT in an e-mail that the corporation does not have plans for a Super Center
on the property it has acquired next door to their Kodiak store.
"As for the
property," Spencer said, "we do not have any expansion plans at this time."
She did not
say why the company bought it if it had no plans for expansion.
property in question is four acres on the eastern property line of the seven-acres
the current store occupies. It's been long rumored Walmart might expand its
store here into a Super Center, with a complete grocery offering. The purchase
of the land and a recent visit by Walmart executives has renewed the speculation.
store occupies about 67,000 square feet, while a Walmart Super Center can be
more than double that size.
four-acre lot, bounded by Island Lake Road, has an assessed value, according to
borough records, of $1.5-million,
though it is unknown how much Walmart paid Brechan Enterprises for the