YUMA, Ariz. – A new committee funded mainly by Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is launching a campaign in support of two propositions that, if approved in a special election, would allow the company to build another store in Yuma. The store would be at 2545 W. 8th Street.
The special election came about after a petition drive, launched by the owner of a drive-thru liquor store. The store is near the potential new Walmart.
The “Friends of Walmart” press release states that the committee has been established to encourage residents to vote “yes” on Propositions 405 and 406.
The propositions will be on the city ballot during a special election March 10.
Ken Rosevear is the chairman for “Friends of “Walmart”. In the release issued Friday Rosevear said, “Friends of Walmart is about Yuma residents and local leaders who recognize this 8th Street Walmart Neighborhood Market will deliver quality jobs and tax revenue for our community, while redeveloping a blighted, rundown property.”
The committee says the new store would create up to 95 permanent jobs, in addition to about 100 temporary construction jobs. The 41,000-square-foot store will include a pharmacy and also offer produce, groceries, and more.
The committee says Walmart has received all the necessary permits for the development. Last year Mayor Doug Nicholls and the Yuma City Council voted unanimously to let the project move forward.
Early ballots are already available.
The special election will take place, Tuesday, March 10. Voting centers will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.
For more information on the propositions and voting centers head to http://www.ci.yuma.az.us/Documents/COY-SpecialElection-March2015-Pamphlet.pdf