Wal-Mart to Return to Carson City

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First, Carson City lost its Wal-Mart to neighboring Douglas County. Then, it lost its Kmart to Kmart's financial woes. But now, it's getting Wal-Mart back.

The retail giant plans to open a 203,000-square-foot supercenter in the northeast part of the city in early 2005. It will employ about 500 people.

The store will be located near the interchange for the Carson City freeway that's now under construction.

The announcement comes nearly 18 months after Wal-Mart closed its store in south Carson City and opened a larger store across the Douglas County line, seven miles south of the proposed new super center.

The new Wal-Mart will be a mile north of the shuttered Kmart.

"We're happy to have Wal-Mart back in Carson City," City Manager Linda Ritter said Wednesday.

Hill estimated the store would generate $500,000 a year in sales tax for Carson City.

Wal-Mart is set to occupy 20 acres of a 57-acre parcel.

Carson City Community Development Director Walt Sullivan said city officials have been working with Wal-Mart representatives for the past five months to find a suitable location.

Sullivan said the city anticipates additional commercial development in the north end of the community in preparation for completion of the first phase of the freeway expected in 2006.