Walmart plans another Bellevue store, this time in Factoria
By NAT LEVY
Mercer Island Reporter Reporter
January 11, 2012 · 1:34 PM
Walmart has leased its second retail space in Bellevue.
The company announced Wednesday it will take over the space formerly occupied by Mervyn's at the Factoria Mall. The spot has been vacant for more than five years. Last week, the company confirmed that it would be the anchor tenant of the newly built Kelsey Creek Center. The two new stores will create approximately 220 jobs, Walmart officials said.
“We think our stores can be part of the solution for residents who need a job or want more affordable options close to home,” said Matti Havener, Walmart Senior Director and Regional General Manager for Washington and Oregon. “At the same time, we have the opportunity to revive two, dormant retail properties and deliver an added economic boost for the area.”
Walmart will renovate the former Mervyn’s space at Factoria Mall. The 76,000-square-foot Walmart will offer a full range of general merchandise. When completed, the store will employ approximately 125 associates.
The new Walmart will be placed only a few doors from the Factoria Target, a Safeway, a QFC and a host of specialized small businesses.
Both Walmart stores will feature energy-efficient technology and environmentally-sound features designed to reduce energy and water consumption and minimize waste, including skylights and LED lighting.
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