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Its official! Walmart coming to Sherwood

The nationwide retailer will locate along Langer Farms Parkway at Tualatin-Sherwood Road


by: COURTESY OF GRAMOR DEVELOPMENT - This architectural rendering shows what the new Sherwood Walmart, scheduled to open sometime in 2014, will look like. The store is less than eight miles from a slightly smaller supercenter slated to open in Tigard at around the same time.After months of speculation as to what Sherwood’s newest big-box store would be, the wait is over.

Walmart and Gramor Development officials announced Monday plans to build a 145,000-square-foot supercenter store at the corner of Tualatin-Sherwood Road and Langer Farms Parkway.

The new store is expected to create approximately 250 full and part-time jobs when it opens in 2014, according to Rachel Wall, Walmart senior manager of communications.

Construction is expected to begin around June 24.

The nationwide retailer will be the anchor store in what will be known as the Sherwood Town Center, which will include an estimated 20 retail shops in the first phase of the project. It will stretch along Langer Farms Parkway from Tualatin-Sherwood Road south to the roundabout on Century Drive.by: COURTESY OF GRAMOR DEVELOPMENT - Here's an architectural rendering of what the new Sherwood Town Center will look like.

“There will be five to six restaurants and the rest will be convenience-type retailers,” said Barry Cain, president of Gramor Development, which will develop the 20-acre site. “The plan is to get some things in the town that aren’t there now.”

Cain said his company has been working with Walmart for 1½ years to build a store at the Sherwood site and that numerous other large box stores had spoken to him about the possibility of locating in the city of almost 20,000 residents.

“Everyone was interested in this site,” he said.

The property is owned by the Langer family, which Cain has had a long association with.

Gramor built Langer Farms Shopping Center (where Target is located) and the Albertson’s complex. Other Gramor Development projects include Progress Ridge TownSquare in Beaverton and the new Fred Meyer store in the Wilsonville Town Center.

Cain said architecture at the Sherwood Town Center Walmart will be similar to that of the Wilsonville complex, and will include wood and brick accents to mirror Sherwood’s Old Town motif.

Matt Langer, a spokesman for the Langer family, said he’s pleased that Walmart will anchor the shopping complex.

“This is a project we’ve been working on for almost 15 years,” said Langer, who is also a member of the Sherwood City Council. “So we’re pretty excited to bring this project to town.”

Asked if he thought Sherwood residents would be happy with having Walmart, a store whose location has drawn opponents in the Portland-metro area in the past, Langer said he believes the majority will be pleased with the selection.

However, a Facebook opposition group has already formed and social media has been busy gathering residents to protest the Walmart decision at tonight's (Tuesday) Sherwood City Council meeting set for 7 p.m. at Sherwood City Hall.

Walmart is also in the process of building a 137,000-square-foot store in Tigard, less than eight miles away from the Sherwood store. The two stores could go online around the same time, according to officials. At 145,000 square feet, the Sherwood Walmart will be smaller than the Eastport location on 82nd Avenue, which is approximately 154,000 square feet.

by: COURTESY OF GRAMOR - Here's an overhead view of what the new Walmart in Sherwood will look like. As part of a condition of approval, Gramor Development must extend Langer Farms Parkway north to the other side of Tualatin-Sherwood Road where it will hook up with Highway 99W.
Meanwhile, Cain said he plans both Walmart and the accompanying retail stores to open about the same time.

“I expect it to be 100 percent full by the time we open,” he said.

According to the developer, the project is part of the city's downtown urban renewal district and is expected to increase the local tax base, which will help fund future downtown improvements. Walmart and Gramor officials believe with the upgrades to roads , along with resource preservation and access improvements, the Sherwood Town Center project will bring 600 new jobs to Sherwood.

The addition of Walmart rounds out a busy year for new retail in Sherwood. Since the beginning of the year, Kohl’s, Dutch Bros. Coffee and Unleashed by Petco have opened in the city.

Rumors had been flying around the city for several years as to what the new anchor would be. In recent months, Fred Meyer and Walmart were suggested as the likely candidates.

Last summer, Fred Meyer representatives had submitted a pre-application and talked with city staff about the possibility of constructing a store in back of the Providence Medical Group clinic located at Highway 99W and Edy Road.



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