New Kind of Walmart to Open on South Bend's South Side

By: Marcie Kobriger Email
By: Marcie Kobriger Email

After four years of planning, a new Super Walmart will open Friday on South Bend's south side.

Managers say customers should be prepared for a Walmart of the future.

The store is dramatically different from other Walmarts in the area, with a new look on the inside, and some different merchandise.

The store's parking lot is dual purpose.

In addition to providing parking space, the asphalt caps off debris from an old landfill.

Acres of garbage had to be moved and capped off before construction could begin, causing some lengthy delays and set backs.

But city officials say they are pleased with the result. "It's really been a win win for the community, for the developers, and were pleased to see the development," says Mayor Steve Luecke of South Bend.

The new store opens to public at 7:30 Friday morning.

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