District 4 City Councilman Rey Saldaña and the presidents of the Greater San Antonio, South San Antonio and San Antonio Hispanic Chambers of Commerce joined Walmart representatives for the official groundbreaking ceremony of the new City South Walmart store at IH-35 North and Palo Alto. The City South Walmart will create a new option for residents who need a job or want more affordable shopping options close to where they live or work. The 180,000 square foot store is currently under construction and is expected to open in October.
“If you want a glimpse of the next generation of San Antonio, just look south. This investment is yet another example of the active role the Southside is going to play in the retail, residential and labor market of the City’s future,” said District 4 City Councilman Rey Saldaña.
The City South Walmart store is in a key location for economic development. The store will bring approximately 300 local jobs for San Antonians. As part of Walmart’s commitment to serve local communities, Walmart has entered a private / public partnership with the City of San Antonio to fund a sidewalk improvement project in the neighboring Fairmeadows subdivision. The project will help improve sidewalks along both sides of Fairmeadows between Palo Alto and Somerset.
“The opening of this Walmart is another pixel in an image that is coming into clearer focus every day – a South San Antonio growth boom that we are privileged to be a part of and are tasked to properly manage,” said Tom Shaw, president of South San Antonio Chamber of Commerce. “We are so pleased to welcome this new Walmart store to South San Antonio and look forward to the jobs that will be made available in this area.”
The City South Walmart store will feature a full line of groceries as well as a bakery, a delicatessen, a frozen food section and meat, dairy and fresh produce sections. General merchandise areas include full-service pharmacy, apparel and accessories, tire lube express, gas station, sporting goods, electronics, home, lawn and garden center, fine jewelry and health and beauty.
“We strive to keep our customers at the center of everything we do and that includes delivering fresh, healthy and affordable food and product choices to help our customers save money so they can live better,” said San Antonio Walmart Market Manager Nick Salazar. “We are very excited to be a part of the growth on the San Antonio’s Southside and look forward to extending our service to this community.”
Like most new Walmart stores, the City South Walmart will include energy-efficient technology and environmentally friendly features to reduce energy and water consumption and minimize waste. The store will have skylights to harvest daylight and reduce the amount of energy required to light the store by up to 75 percent daily. The store will also have LED lighting, which operates 70 percent more efficiently than traditional fluorescent lighting. The cement used in the concrete flooring will be made with recycled materials and the floor’s finish will reduce the need for chemical cleaners. In addition, low-flow toilets and faucets will reduce the water used in the bathrooms.