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Sam's Club store to open in late summer or early fall

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By Marty Finley

By MARTY FINLEY

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mfinley@thenewsenterprise.com

ELIZABETHTOWN — Wal-Mart will soon be making a new mark on the city of Elizabethtown.

Sam’s Club, an affiliate store owned by Wal-Mart, is slated to open its doors along Ring Road by late summer or early fall, said Jason Wetzel, a spokesman for Wal-Mart.

The 136,000-square-foot store, which is known for its discounted items that are sold in large bulk form, will employ about 180 associates and be equipped with a variety of sustainable features, such as skylights and a water preservation system in the restrooms, Wetzel said.

The store also is planned to include a pharmacy and bakery, as well as floral and optometry services.

The project was stopped for a few weeks last year as minor site concerns were taken care of.

City Councilman Tim Walker said a fill dirt issue was believed to be one of the problems after workers dug up and moved an old pipeline. The store could not be built over the pipe and the dirt placed where the pipe was did not meet approval by an inspector.

Wetzel said the delays are now over and the construction process is progressing. He declined to comment on the specifics of the delays, but said they  were normal factors that had to be overcome when undertaking a big construction project.

“It’s not unusual, with a project of this scope, to see delays,” Wetzel said.

Walls have been erected on the property — located beside the Home Depot on Ring Road — and the site is covered with equipment as the contractors work toward the proposed opening.

Wetzel said Wal-Mart was excited to be able to bring Sam’s Club to the residents of Elizabethtown.

“We’re looking forward to opening the store,” he said.

Marty Finley can be reached at (270) 505-1762.