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home : local news : local news August 17, 2019

1/8/2007 12:46:00 PM Email this articlePrint this article 
Marshall joining Supercenter ranks

By RANDY HARRISON
Daily News

With no apparent movement yet on plans for a Wal-Mart Supercenter in Robinson, in neighboring Clark County Marshall residents are getting ready for a new larger version of their link in the retail chain.

A Wal-Mart Supercenter is expected to open in Marshall in 2008. The Clark County University of Illinois Extension Service, the City of Marshall, The Marshall Area Chamber of Commerce and Marshall Main Street are planning a series of educational sessions for the public and area retailers entitled "What To Do When A Superstore Comes To Town."

The sessions will look at the positives for the county and city as well as address concerns of area retailers, organizers say.

The first session will be 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18, in Harlan Hall on the southeast corner of the Clark County Courthouse Square. This session will be open to the public and will begin with a short presentation on "The Importance of Buying Locally."

Representatives from the county, the city and Wal-Mart will then give the audience an update on the project and discuss the positives for the community. After the updates a question and answer session will follow.

The second session is being planned for 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15, at a location to be announced. This will be an educational session for area retailers on how to prepare for change and better position their businesses in the marketplace. The third session will look at marketing on a budget and best-practice models for retailers from other successful communities with superstores.

The purpose of these educational sessions is to bring all stakeholders to the table to discuss how to create good partnerships. RSVPs are encouraged for seating and refreshment purposes and can be made by calling (217) 826-5422, or e-mailing tmacke@uiuc.edu.

While the corporation has still refused to comment on its plans for Robinson's Supercenter, ground was to have been broken in October and construction was projected to be completed between July and September of this year. So far, no construction activity has been seen at the site of the new store, directly behind the existing building.

In the fall of 2005 Wal-Mart purchased an option on the 18 acres behind the existing store and transferred ownership of that building to a division of the company that manages vacant properties. Preliminary plans indicated that the new store would be located just behind the existing store, which is expected to be torn down once the Supercenter is open.

Wal-Mart is also "super-sizing" its Lawrenceville store. Like plans for the Robinson store, the new Lawrenceville Supercenter is expected to be built adjacent to the existing store, with the old building being torn down. The new store would be 104,000 square feet, local officials say. Construction at the Lawrenceville site is expected to begin early this year.





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