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Moon Walmart in Sight? Contractor to Raze West Hills Shopping Center Storefront

The retailer plans to build a store at the intersection of University Boulevard and Beaver Grade Road.

Motorists may have spotted it—a few Dumsters and five or six trucks parked outside of the empty Sherwin-Williams building on Beaver Grade Road. 

The vacant storefront is the last remaining building in the former West Hills Shopping Center—the property was purchased by the Arkansas-based Walmart Inc. in 2007.

The big-box retailer plans to build a 151,000 square-foot building on the land.  And those waiting trucks might mean the company is taking another step toward construction of the store.

Moon Township Planning Director Adam McGurk said the company is likely preparing to demolish the building.

McGurk said Walmart has not yet applied for a demolition permit through the township. 

“They’ve hired a contractor to demolish the remaining building,” McGurk said. “They have not yet applied a demolition permit, but it’s not a very extensive process to receive one.”

McGurk said he has met with an architect for the project to discuss the township’s building permit process.

But there is one catch—Walmart must first receive a highway occupancy permit from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation before any further work can begin. 

Walmart, which began the PennDOT permit process more than year ago, cannot obtain township building permits until it finalizes its highway occupancy permit through PennDOT. 

In May, PennDOT spokesman James Struzzi said the company was working alongside PennDOT engineers. 

Walmart could not be reached for comment. No ground-breaking date is available.

Will you shop at a Moon Township Walmart? What impact might it have on the community? Tell us in the comments. 

Svenska September 06, 2012 at 03:05 AM
Don, I think you summed it up perfectly. Well-said.
appalled resident September 06, 2012 at 02:22 PM
I do not shop at Wal-Mart now & I will not shop there if they build in Moon. I will drive past it every time & go to Kuhns or GE. If Kuhns ended up closing due to Wal-Mart being nearby I will then drive 20-30 mins to a place that offers a more pleasant shopping experience (& real food) than horrible Wal-Mart. In my opinion it’s worth the “higher” price & extra gas than to subject myself to that atmosphere.
George Kniss September 06, 2012 at 07:14 PM
Well folks, seems like the consensus is that the WalMart project in Moon is a mistake. I agree, but see, this issue was fought over hard and well over the last 4 years and essentially, we, the Moon community lost. A grass roots community group called Moon First started up and with the help of local residents, local small businesses, residents in two adjacent apartment complexes heavily impacted by this, and numerous others that provided expertise such as attorneys, web master, sprawl experts and traffic experts all joined in to fight this with the hope of ----not stopping WalMart from building here------ but, building a scaled facility more in tune with Moon's Strategic Overlay plans and community composition. They fought it all the way! And to boot, our past supervisors went along with this with barely a struggle. AND THEN, WalMart sued the township for not giving them every last special exemption from our code requirements. The last straw will be the PA DOT giving them their traffic go ahead. Enjoy the "swift" movement of traffic right now, because when WM is finished you'll just love driving through the center of our community to get where you're going!
JonathanB September 07, 2012 at 01:05 AM
So.................... what "local merchant" do you think runs the Kmart and Rite Aid?? Both are poorly run struggling PUBLIC companies (look at their history of Bankruptcy). Walmart would provide the lowest prices around and could be the anchor store to finally building up Moon.
Bart McClelland September 16, 2012 at 07:11 PM
Bring on the walmart!! I am all for helping grow more businesses in this area. I am all for more jobs in the community, especially for college students. I am all for competition and better service. Does everyone like the service at Kmart? Does everyone like the low prices at Giant Eagle? Does everyone like the craziness of going to Robinson. Walmart will help this area by supporting local farmers, and bringing more people to this area we call home. It won't be as busy because the rest of you guys won't be there. Don't even try to go there when it's late at night and the rest of the stores are closed and your sick. We will see what you think about Walmart then. People in this area don't understand politics. i can't blame you guys. Historically this county puts people in power who tax us, and don't support growth. People just don't know any better. Bring it Walmart. You at least have one shopper! I will really get my shopping done quicker!

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