Cicero Wal-Mart Supercenter Breaks Ground
On Wednesday, July 10th, a groundbreaking ceremony was held to signify the start of construction for the new 177,557 square foot Wal-Mart Supercenter in Cicero, Illinois. Construction of the new Supercenter, located at 3320 South Cicero Avenue, will take place throughout the fall and winter months and is expected to open in spring 2014. As part of the project scope, general contractor International Contractors, Inc. (ICI) will also prepare two of the five surrounding outlots for future tenants.
The Supercenter will feature an easy-to-navigate layout and enhanced services to make the shopping experience more convenient to customers, according to town officials. Project architect, BRR Architecture, worked with Wal-Mart to align the departments that customers shop most frequently; including grocery, pharmacy, health, beauty and pet supplies. The goal is to save customers time as they shop for everyday necessities.
At the groundbreaking, Town officials remarked on the significance of this construction project for Cicero, as it advances the progress on their Sportsman’s Park Redevelopment program. The western portion of the Sportsman’s Park Redevelopment site currently houses the newly constructed 604,145 square foot Wirtz Beverage Illinois office and distribution center. Wal-Mart’s adjacent parcel borders the eastern portion of the former Sportsman Park, but is set back to allow space for five outlots. The Town is targeting a mix of casual dining and quick service restaurants to fill each of these outlots.
The new store is momentous for the Town of Cicero and Wal-Mart, but also for ICI, as this marks the 28th project ICI has undertaken for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. Since 2006, ICI has completed projects in seven states across the country ranging in scope from small remodels to large three-wall expansions to ground up, multi-million dollar stores like the one currently being constructed in Cicero.
Additionally, ICI maintains a strong commitment to the Town of Cicero, having served as School District 99’s General Contractor and Construction Manager since the mid-90s. ICI was selected early on through a qualification-based evaluation process and the working relationship with the District has grown over the years, along with our allegiance to the community. As such, there is a strong sense of pride to play a central role in this important retail development.