An incentive approval by the Mobile City Council of Irvington Alabama has brought a two million-square-foot Walmart distribution facility closer to fruition.
“This is going to be by far the largest building in Mobile County and have ever had I mean we’re talking over two million square feet under roof,” said County Commissioner Connie Hudson, according to news source WKRG.
The incentives, totaling $4.6 million, were approved by both the county and city. The retail giant, however, continues to err on the side of caution.
“We’re still in the process of doing this, nothing can be said [that] this is for certain,” said Walmart Public Affairs and Government Relations’ Glen Wilkins, adding that something could happen while the company does its do due diligence. “We’re excited about this, we’re committed to this site, and that’s where we’re at right now.”
In addition to the $4.6 million, the state of Alabama has pledged $7 million, according to the attorney for Mobile County Jay Ross, but hasn’t approved them yet.
Still, local officials continue to remain confident about the facility's coming to the town, and expressed excitement at the idea.
“This is just exciting, not only is it Walmart but this will be the beginning of other distribution centers coming and locating next to the state docks,” said County Commissioner Merceria Ludgood.
If confirmed, Walmart would be able to start building as soon as this coming December and be up and running by December of 2018, with full time employment required by December of 2021. The location could offer upwards of 550 full-time jobs and 200 seasonal jobs to the area.
As more information on this newest distribution center becomes available, Deli Market News will keep you up to date with the latest.