LANSING | There are still traces of the old Sam’s Club warehouse store that existed on Torrence Avenue just south of Interstate 80, yet village officials said the beginnings of the new Super Wal-Mart structure that will replace it are now in place.
Village Trustee Tony DeLaurentis informed his Village Board colleagues while most of the old structure at 17555 Torrence Ave. has been demolished, there are still some pieces that have yet to be removed.
But that did not stop construction crews earlier this week from pouring the cement for the foundation of the new Super Wal-Mart store that is expected to open in time for the Christmas holiday shopping season this year. That structure will carry the address of 17625 Torrence Ave.
DeLaurentis used his Buildings Committee report on Tuesday to say he thinks construction crews are making progress on building the new store. Demolition of the old Sam’s Club began the first week of May.
Sam’s Club had been at the site until 2009, when a replacement store opened as part of the River Oaks West shopping center in neighboring Calumet City. The Lansing structure had sat empty since then until officials reached an agreement with Wal-Mart to open a new store at the site.
Wal-Mart already was operating a store in Lansing at 16771 Torrence Ave.
That store will close when the new Super Wal-Mart opens, and all employees will transfer, along with new employees who will be hired by the expanded operation.
Village Administrator J. Wynsma said filling that vacancy in The Landings shopping strip is something the village and the Edgemark company that owns the strip are trying to address.
Initially, Wal-Mart had a clause in their lease saying the site could not be rented out to any company that could be a competitor to Wal-Mart.
But Wynsma said that was problematic because just about any retailer could be considered a Wal-Mart competitor.
Wynsma said store officials have expressed a willingness to back away from the clause and it is likely the old Wal-Mart store ultimately will be subdivided into space for several retailers.