A recent mailing sent out by Wal-Mart to residents of Fircrest and
University Place says the store will create 350-450 new full time jobs
in the community with an average wage of $10.14 an hour. The card also
says the store will generate hundreds of thousands of new tax dollars
for the city and bring “millions of dollars into the Fircrest area
economy.” Lastly, the card asks residents to send in a statement saying
that they “fully support the proposed Wal-Mart Supercenter on Mildred
St. W. near Regents Blvd.”
The card offers citizens a chance to stay informed of the company’s progress on the store and then it asks for comments.
The company made public its plans to locate a store in Fircrest in August. Then it said the store would have "a Northwest feel," and include 127,647 square-feet of retail space with a grocery department and garden department. The majority of the 646 parking spaces on the 9.45-acre parcel of land would be underground. The land is already zoned for high-volume commercial development, so the company must only apply for a building permit and get city approval to go forward.
Fircrest officials have said Wal-Mart hopes to break ground for the store in the last quarter of 2006 and open for business in mid-2007.