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An early May snowfall and many rainy June days have not hindered site preparation for the Walmart store on East Point Douglas Road. Bulletin photo by Emily Buss
An early May snowfall and many rainy June days have not hindered site preparation for the Walmart store on East Point Douglas Road. Bulletin photo by Emily Buss

Bad weather doesn't stop Cottage Grove Walmart construction

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Despite a rain and snow soaked start to the construction on the 177,000-square-foot Walmart on East Point Douglas Road, work has not stopped and continues to stay on track. “It’s just sand so the wetter the better,” said Tom Stratman, senior superintendent for Weis Builders.

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Crews arrived on the former Cottage View Drive-In site in early May, just days after the iconic sign was taken down, and quickly got to work. At the last Cottage Grove City Council meeting Economic Development Director Danette Parr said roughly 90 percent of the ground had been graded. Throughout the month, a building pad was completed and crews started installing footings.

“The building pad is (the outline) where the building will actually go and the footings are what the building will be built on,” said Stratman, who is overseeing the project.

Stratman added that the installation of the footings should be complete by the end of the month and passersby will be able to see signs of an actual building come July 1.

“In a couple weeks you’ll start to see the building as we install wall panels,” he said.

The project is still on track for an early spring 2014 opening. Once completed, the store will include a full grocery section and pharmacy. The supercenter will employ around 300 people.

The retail giant is the anchor for the proposed Shoppes at Cottage View shopping center, which city officials have said has long-term plans of including additional retail and restaurants.

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Emily Buss joined the South Washington County Bulletin in February 2013. She covers local government in Cottage Grove, St. Paul Park and Newport, along with other general assignment reporting. She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communications from Minnesota State University, Mankato.
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