Plans for a new Walmart store on a vacant 23 Mile lot in Chesterfield Township seem to have stalled, township officials said.
Although the company expressed interest in building a second store in the township, its site plan extensions will expire soon, township Supervisor Michael Lovelock.
"It may come to justification eventually, but at this time, with the way the economy is, I don't believe Walmart is spending that kind of money to put new buildings up," Lovelock said.
Walmart already has a Supercenter store off Hall Road and I-94 in the township. However, an empty parcel on 23 Mile near Hot 'n Now and Meldrum Brothers Nursery & Supply has been slated for the big-box store for the past few years. Macomb County Public Works Commissioner Anthony Marrocco owns the land. Marrocco and Walmart representatives did not return calls for comment Tuesday.
Lovelock said new businesses, such as the chain, would bring money to the township. "Growth is always a good thing," he said.
According to the chain's website, Walmart boasts more than 9,005 retail units under 60 various banners in 15 countries. The company's 2010 sales were $405 billion and employed 2.1 million people.