Work could get underway in the next few weeks on a controversial new Wal-Mart store in Ventura County.
The company planned to build one of its stores at the former site of a K-Mart on Victoria Avenue, in Ventura. Wal-Mart’s plans drew heavy opposition from city residents, who objected to a big box store in the area. The company had originally wanted to tear down the existing building, and build a 150,000 square foot complex on the site, but downsized it in face of the opposition.
The City Council passed an ordinance restricting the size of big box stores in the area to 100,000 square feet, so Wal-Mart proposed a 99,000 square foot facility, with two other stores using the rest of the vacant shopping center space. In 2009, Ventura’s voter’s rejected a proposal which would have limited the size of new big box stores to 90,000 square feet.
Wal-Mart could get the permits to start remodeling work later this week.