|Salem Walmart will be joined by several more businesses|
Salem is one of the fastest growing cities in the area and that growth will continue thanks to a recent ground-breaking project adjacent to Walmart.
According to Mayor Troy Mayor at the ground-breaking event, the occupants of the new building will be Maurice’s, Shoe Department, Fantastic Sams and Verizon.
The owners of Fantastic Sams were at the ground-breaking and Merry thanked them for their investment into the community.
“This creates jobs and helps people to continue to live in Salem, work in Salem and spend their money in Salem and that’s what we want,” Merry said. “The city is behind everyone of these shops and if they ever encounter any problems, I encourage them to call my office.”
Merry was joined by members of the Salem City Council, Clerk-Treasurer Sally Hattabaugh and several city department heads, as well as those working on the project.
Project developer Randall J. Hake, who was instrumental in the growth that is taking place in that area, was also at the ground-breaking.
Hake said the project is expected to be done and stores opening in early fall of 2017.
He said the building structure will begin to form over the next few weeks.
“People will begin to see the site development and development on going throughout the spring and summer in the coming months,” Hake said. “We are very happy with the tenants who are coming and will really compliment the Walmart Supercenter. This is a great opportunity for everyone.”
Merry said Cedarwood is using local contractors to build the project.
As far as any additional news, Merry said he expects more in the future.
“I suspect any piece of grass you see here on this property will eventually have a business,” Merry joked.
Hake said there is an opportunity for additional tenants in the building structure and will be a future development pad adjacent to the new building that will allow for a second building.
“That tenant hasn’t been identified or secured yet,” he said. “We also have an additional out parcel that could facilitate additional development on this property. We are working on that marketing and leasing now.”