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Tilton Walmart expansion is underway

Union Leader Correspondent

April 14. 2013 5:34PM
Construction has begun at the Tilton Walmart store, which is being expanded to become a Walmart Supercenter. (DAN SEUFERT PHOTO)

TILTON - After a delay from getting its new water system permitted, construction of Wal-Mart's expansion of its current store on Route 3 began this month, company officials said.

That means the new Wal-Mart Supercenter won't be opening for about another year, Company Spokesman Bill Wertz said.

"We're approximately a year away now, but construction has finally started," Wertz said.

The expansion calls for creating a Walmart Supercenter similar to the company's larger stores in Plymouth and Concord. Plans are to add 33,000 square feet of space; much of that is planned for a grocery section. There will also be a remodeling of the current merchandising departments.

The expansion will be added to the east side of the existing 133,000-square-foot store, which was built in 1994.

The store expansion will create 85 jobs for area residents, who can apply for jobs at the store anytime at, Wertz said, "though it's probably wise for people to start applying about six months in advance."

Wal-Mart officials had to alter their plans to fit town needs during the permitting process.

Original plans for the store's front called for a curved, modern look. The town asked for an alternate plan for the building to make it more suitable to a small New England town, and the company came back with plans for a store front that includes peaks along the roof line and stone-like material to reface the front of the building that pleased town officials.

The local water and sewer district had requirements that took some time for the company to meet, said Augusta Marsh, the town's land use coordinator.

The company was asked by the town to develop a new drainage plan to prevent runoff from the parking lot into the nearby wetlands.

The company presented plans to the town to do just that, and that included plans to install a state-of-the-art drainage filtration system.

New landscaping and lighting improvements are also part of the project, Wertz said.

All the necessary permits for the expansion have now been acquired by the company, Marsh said.

The new grocery section will compete with local supermarkets such as Market Basket, which is directly adjacent to the Wal-Mart store, as well as Shaw's.

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