Walmart and Northglenn officials have confirmed they are working on plans to build a neighborhood grocery market at the Garland Center.
Plans are only preliminary, but the project is an important one so city staff is working hard on it, said Debbie Tuttle, Northglenn economic development manager.
“One of the top economic-development priorities for residents according to the city’s 2011 citizen’s survey was to attract grocery stores to the city,” she said. “This redevelopment project has the potential to create new jobs, make a positive impact to the neighborhood, provide new retail services to its residents and increase tax revenues for the city.”
Northglenn Urban Renewal Authority and the city identified in 2004 the Garland Shopping Center at 10737 N. Washington St. as a high priority for redevelopment. NURA purchased the former Bingo Barn for $575,000, and is under contract to purchase the 32,000-square-foot, multitenant shopping center for $1.78 million, and the adjacent former restaurant for $275,000, Tuttle said. NURA projects are funded by property-tax-increment financing (TIF).
“If this project moves forward, then the entire place will be leveled. The city will work with the businesses to try and relocate them within the city,” she said.
Businesses currently located in the center include Iglesia Nueva Vision, Elegant Ink Tattoo, EZ Pawn, Tug’s Bar and Green Medicals. The Garland Center was built in 1961, and the Bingo Barn has been empty since September 2008.
“The city is looking for a strong anchor to attract additional businesses and new jobs to the development,” Tuttle said. “There are several integral moving parts to the redevelopment of these properties. We hope to have the environmental studies completed by the end of August and have more information on this project in mid-September.”
Delia Garcia, spokeswoman for Walmart, said the company would like to find a suitable location in Northglenn.
“We’re considering a store in Northglenn because it’s an opportunity to serve our customers in that area better and provide fresh, affordable groceries,” she said.
“There’s still a lot of groundwork that needs to be done to even make (the Garland Center) a serious consideration.”
Walmart opened a Neighborhood Market at the former Rancho Liborio Market, 850 E. 88th Ave. in Thornton, on Aug. 15.
That location is 2.5 miles away from the Garland Center; both locations are off Washington Street.
The company has built nearly 200 of these markets since 1998. The stores offer fresh produce, meat and dairy products, frozen foods, deli food, bakery items, health and beauty aids, canned and packaged goods, pet supplies and household items. The stores also have pharmacies.