Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is planning to open a supercenter in Mandan, giving residents another shopping option.
"We all recognize that more retail is something that the residents of Mandan have been long demanding," said Ellen Huber, Mandan business development director. "We hope they choose to continue to move forward in Mandan and look forward to the day doors open."
Wal-Mart will submit site and building plans by late February, according to Ryan Irsik, Wal-Mart's public affairs and government relations official. With a supercenter in Mandan, officials are hoping residents will shop there instead of the Walmart stores in Bismarck.
"It's a great thing for the city," Mandan Mayor Tim Helbling said. "It's really important that we stop the sales tax dollars from flying across the river."
If built, the Walmart Supercenter will employ about 250 with most of the positions being full time.
In addition to creating jobs, the store would generate more sales tax revenue to help offset and lower property taxes.
The 150,000-square-foot building is expected to be at the northeast corner of the Old Red Trail and Sunset Drive. Property owner Dennis Meyer confirmed that Wal-Mart is planning to buy his 17-acre lot in the Terra Vallee area.
Mandan officials are hoping the new supercenter will spur more development in northwest part of town.
"What we're anticipating is that a lot of smaller entities are going to be coming in with a lot more confidence that they can succeed in Mandan," Mandan City Commissioner Dot Frank said.
The city also is seeking offers for use of 22 acres of city property in hopes that it will be developed by new businesses.
"We think the announcement from Wal-Mart will only enhance interest in the property," Mandan City Administrator Jim Neubauer said. "Wal-Mart drives a lot of traffic and people like to be where the traffic is."
There are concerns about too much traffic but the roads and infrastructure in the area are already suited for commercial development Helbling said.
Similar businesses in the area, like Dan's Supermarket and Central Market, may face increased competition. Ralph Dockter, vice president of retail operations for Dan's Supermarket, declined to comment. Central Market did not respond to three messages left by the Tribune.
Frank said the Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce will offer suggestions to help the stores remain competitive.