Construction is close to starting on the Walmart Neighborhood Market on the south side of the Rio Rancho Shopping Center near NM 528 and Southern Boulevard.
Walmart spokeswoman Delia Garcia said the construction contract has been awarded to Roche Constructors Inc. of Colorado.
“Construction is imminent,” she said. “We would expect construction to start within the next few weeks.”
The 42,039-square-foot store will sit on a four-acre site between Grande Boulevard and an existing office building, south of the shopping center that houses Samon’s, O’Hare’s Pub and Grille, Linda’s Laundry and other business.
According to the Roche website, the work will include demolition of an existing parking lot, overlot grading, utilities, parking lot paving, site lighting, landscape, some off-site infrastructure and roadway work. A construction trailer has already been moved to the site.
Garcia said Walmart anticipates an opening of the store late this year. Hiring will likely start in early fall, she said.
“We will be hiring for about 65 positions, full- and part-time,” she said. “We’re always seeking strong talent that’s customer-focused and excited about serving our customers in Rio Rancho.”
Walmart, which touts the neighborhood market as a “convenient grocery-shopping experience,” has four other markets in New Mexico. The stores are about a fifth the size of its superstores.
Roche was founded in Greeley, Colo., in 1971 and has regional offices in Las Vegas, Nev., and Westminister, Colo., according to its website.
Coronado Wrecking & Salvage recently completed razing a former movie theater and office building in anticipation of the Walmart project. Coronado is also under contract to demolish the old City Hall building at the west end of the Rio Rancho Shopping Center in the near future.