LOUISVILLE, KY (March 24, 2014) — On Monday, March 24, the City of Louisville officially announced Walmart will build a supercenter in West Louisville. There has been two years of negotiating behind closed doors between the retail giant and the city.
The $25 million investment is a long awaited announcement for many people who live in the West Louisville community.
“This is a boom to my family,” Donald Duncan, who lives in West Louisville, said. “I don’t have to waste gas going to Indiana or Bashford Manor or way out on Dixie Highway to shop at Walmart. This has been a long time coming”
Before the announcement, Duncan worried the vacant lot where the old Phillip Morris plant once stood would remain desolate. City officials say the new Wal-Mart at 18th and Broadway will bring 300 jobs and $6 million in annual payroll.
“There is an extremely robust economy here in West Louisville,” Metro Council member David Tandy, who represents the 4th District where the new Walmart will be built, said. “What this opportunity does for us, is it allows people for the first time to take a look at West Louisville in a new light.”
“There’s money down here [and] there’s good people down here,” Duncan said.
Teresa and Frank Bridgewaters are the developers and say the next step is to get permit approval to build at the location.
Walmart plans to open in West Louisville by 2015.