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Super Wal-Mart is getting closer

The advent of a Super Wal-Mart here may be closer than some think.

Supervisor Marc R. Smith told about 40 people at a Town Board meeting Wednesday he and other town leaders have not been making Wal-Mart representatives jump any hoops to locate a super store here on South Transit Road.

Wal-Mart proposed the super center to the Town Board in March 2004, Smith said. In September of that year, the town Planning Board decided Wal-Mart needed to conduct a full environmental assessment of the land around the Lockport Mall, 5737 South Transit Road -- the proposed site of the new Super Wal-Mart, he said.

In December 2005, Wal-Mart completed that environmental assessment, Smith said.

Wal-Mart plans to demolish the 285,000-square-foot Lockport Mall and build a 186,000-square-foot store on about 18 acres of the 28-acre site.

Smith offered some potential dates on just when Wal-Mart could be moving here:

In March, the Town Board could hold a public hearing on the Super Wal-Mart.

In April or May, Wal-Mart could release its final environmental statement on the planned 24-hour store to the Town Board.

In June or July, the Town Board could be looking at environmental findings or could be giving final site approval, Smith said.

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