Marple Crossings Walmart Plans to Open Doors in Fall

The shopping center's new tenant is scheduled to have their grand opening Oct. 1.

SPRINGFIELD–Walmart has scheduled to open its doors in the Marple Crossings Shopping Center by Oct. 1 of this year, pushed back from its originally proposed opening of early spring.

"I had a conversation with the owners [Paul Aschkenasy of Blank Aschkenasy Properties, LLC] of the center and asked for an expected date when Walmart would move in," said Marple Commissioner Dan Leefson at a work session meeting Monday night. "It could be sooner, but that's what they're planning for."

Walmart has already received work permits to start construction within the shopping center last year, but construction inside the retail building may start as early as this week, according to Leefson.

The retail chain store will be located directly in the center–the former location of Marshalls retail store, which has now been moved to the former site of Filene's Basement–of the shopping center when entering from State Road. Burlington Coat Factory will also move into the lower level of the Walmart.

Although many residents shared their about the mega retail/food store coming to the Marple Crossroads Shopping Center and have signed a petition against the new tenant moving in, the Marple Board of Commissioners are hopeful the store will generate more revenue and jobs to the town.

According to Leefson, leases from other prospective tenants wanting to move in have been coming "from left and right" after hearing about Walmart's move to Marple Crossroads.

Michael Molinaro also reassured that "everything would be taken care of" by the time Walmart moves in by October.

Walmart will occupy over 113,000 square-feet of space within the  shopping center and $50 million in revenue is projected per year from the store.

HONESTLY February 08, 2011 at 10:37 PM
There goes the neighborhood!!!!!!!!!! you watch!!!!!!!!!
Denise DelPizzo Braud February 10, 2011 at 07:14 PM
Progress and change are often tough to swallow. The older we get, the truer this becomes. But change happens, and we all must accept it. This mega-store will bring so much revenue to the area. It will revitalize an outdated and often ignored shopping center. Yes, traffic will increase, but the dollars generated can pay for needed expansions to the infrastructure. Change is good. It just takes some getting used to.
Bob May 14, 2011 at 03:22 PM
No way in hell is this going to be a positive addition to this area. Traffic will be chaotic, it is completely unsafe for shoppers, and tax dollars are going to skyrocket as it did in many other townships that have a Walmart. Not to mention, Walmart continues to push the limits of the law and is going out of its way to use unethical means of getting a profit. Small businesses are already suffering enough, and the opening of this new Walmart might just finish them out. Nobody is going to be able to shop at surrounding stores due to the serious lack of parking availability. Also, (in an effort to save their precious profits) the corporation lacks significantly in security. The crime rate will significantly increase if this big box be put into that shopping center. There is a major cost of the revenue it will bring. The negative changes that will be brought will certainly outweigh the positives. This is not a step in the right direction for Marple Crossroads.
patricia July 30, 2011 at 09:51 PM
I think the new Walmart will be good for new jobs. But I agree about the problems it will bring to other business as far as customers and sales.
prhd134 August 17, 2011 at 12:50 PM
It looks like a great that Walmart is moving in the area - more job, more revenue etc. But with the good there comes the bad. My concern would be "who" Walmart draws in the area plus additional traffic. We will see what happens. Great idea but with consequences. Totally agree with HONESTLY - there goes the neighborhood. Just give it time.
debra August 28, 2011 at 05:06 PM
I don't really see much difference between walmart and the old value city.
Lisa September 04, 2011 at 03:34 PM
The "who"? Really? Stop being a rascist and socio-economic snob. Plain and simple, people don't like change. Well, get used to it, that is what life is all about....change. If everyone will recall, we all have been changing since birth. Peolpe just like to complain...it's boring. Get a life and help someone instead.
George Lewis September 09, 2011 at 12:49 AM
Glad its opening. No more treks to Glenolden for the pharmacy. Glad to welcome the diversity
sandra taylor September 28, 2011 at 01:36 AM
i think it is a great idea and i would not only check it out i would work for them if giving the chance to do so
Marie Stathacos October 10, 2011 at 09:13 PM
I realize that the new Walmart will bring many changes - some bad and some good. Let's all try to make the best of it, it will generate many needed jobs. I have shopped at that shopping center many times, parking has always been a problem. Let's see if we can make this "positive" for everyone. It could turn out to be a good thing! I am anxious to see it.
Diane October 11, 2011 at 01:53 PM
It is always good to see new jobs being created in this economy. Everyone needs to come together and embrace that we live in a diverse world. This is the best thing for our children to live and grow along with each other.
Kristin November 29, 2011 at 08:06 PM
I have been to the new Walmart and I will never go back. Yes it has brought new jobs, but not to the people of Springfield. What happened to the classy Springfield area that I know? It is dirty, trashy and customer service huh, I dont think anyone in that store knows what customer service is. Just seeing how they were re-stocking last night made my stomach turn. They were throwing the food on the floor while unpacking the skids. I would advise everyone to shop at their next closest Walmart and Marple Crossroads should go back to the way it was.


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