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Site plan considered for Wal-Mart center...
December 8, 2005

Outlines layout of shopping center and ancillary stores and restaurants; CRIT Tribal Council will vote on approval.

The CRIT Tribal Council will soon be considering a preliminary site plan for the new Wal-Mart Shopping Center being built across from the Safeway Plaza in Parker. The project would provide new convenience for Tribal members and millions in new tax revenue for critical Tribal services. The site plan outlines the eventual layout of the property, and shows what other types and sizes of stores could be built along with the Wal-Mart store itself.

The site plan will show the layout of the Wal-Mart store and of the other stores and restaurants that would be built on the property. The approval of the site plan is a key step in moving the project forward toward its opening. It is also an opportunity for CRIT to have input into the eventual appearance and types of stores at the site.

“So far, we believe the site plan submitted by Wal-Mart is a good start and something that all sides can work with,” said Tribal Chairman Daniel Eddy, Jr. “I'm sure both sides will have some questions and modifications as the process moves forward.

“But overall, we're looking forward to the eventual completion of this center and the economic impact it will bring.”

Tribal officials say the project would provide a new economic engine for the community.

As proposed, the new store will be approximately 100,000 square feet and include groceries as well as general merchandise. In addition to creating more shopping choices for area residents and tribal members, the economic impact and job creation from the shopping center for CRIT will be substantial. The new Wal-Mart store will create an estimated 200 new jobs and up to $400,000 per year in sales tax revenue for CRIT.

The shopping center's other stores and restaurants are also expected to have a positive economic impact on the Parker and CRIT communities. The additional revenue will be used to fund and enhance tribal health care, elder services, public safety and other services provided by the Tribes.

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