Proposal submitted for Wal-Mart store on Autopark Drive

A Wal-Mart Supercenter could soon be a showing at a long-vacant drive-in movie theater near Exit 7 o

A Wal-Mart Supercenter could soon be a showing at a long-vacant drive-in movie theater near Exit 7 of the Adirondack Northway.

Nemith Motor Corp. owner Mark Nemith wants to build a Wal-Mart on Autopark Drive, near the intersection of Route 9 and Old Loudon Road.

Nemith’s Walfred Associates in Latham last month submitted to the Town of Colonie Planning and Economic Development Department plans for the 184,211-square-foot supercenter and an 11,000-square-foot garden center.

The Bentonville, Ark.-based Wal-Mart Stores plans to relocate its store at Latham Farms to the proposed Autopark Wal-Mart. The new Wal-Mart would feature 70,000 square feet more space than its counterpart in Latham and employ 175 more workers, said Wal-Mart spokesman Philip Serghini.

To build the Autopark Wal-Mart and make room for its 835-slot parking lot, Walfred is proposing to raze the vacant Grand Slam batting cage facility. The supercenter could employ up to 450, with about 100 people working there at any one time.

Nemith also operates an automatic car wash and car preparation garage on the 22.5-acre Autopark parcel. Consumers would be able to access the Wal-Mart from Autopark Drive and an additional road from the nearby Century Hill office park.

“There really [are not] any red flags that come up. It does not abut residential areas,” said Colonie Senior Planner Michael Lyons.

Walfred also wants to develop another retail building on or around the car wash site, but it has not submitted detailed plans for that project. The property also is near a Holiday Inn Express on Route 9. Lyons said the Autopark parcel used to house a drive-in movie theater.

The proposed supercenter relocation is Wal-Mart’s latest shakeup of its Capital Region infrastructure. In spring 2006, Wal-Mart closed its Sam’s Club discount center at Crossgates Commons in Albany.

The Arkansas retailer later proposed to expand its Crossgates Commons’ Wal-Mart into the vacant Sam’s Club space, creating a two-floor, 260,000-square-foot Super Wal-Mart.

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