Area officials came together this afternoon to celebrate the groundbreaking of Fulton County's long-awaited Walmart Supercenter.
The first shovelfuls of dirt marking the official start of construction were moved at the site of the new store on South Kingsboro Avenue Extension behind the Fulton County Federal Credit Union.
"In 2004, former Mayor Frank LaPorta announced that Walmart would be building a supercenter," said current Gloversville Mayor Dayton King to a crowd of nearly 100. "Seven years later we're finally having the ceremony today."
Area officials and residents have awaited the day when the legal and political red tape postponing construction would be cleared, allowing more jobs into the area and an increase in sales tax revenue. Gathered officials commended the spirit of cooperation among municipalities that allowed the supercenter to be built.
Reading from a letter from Assemblyman Marc Butler, who couldn't attend the ceremony, his legislative aide, Dottie MacVean, said the assemblyman, whose district includes Fulton County, lauded the city of Gloversville and the town of Johnstown for working together to bring economic development to the region.
Marvin Massey, general manager at the current Gloversville Walmart, thanked a long list of people who helped bring the store he will soon manage to the area. The new store will feature more than 30 aisles of merchandise, as well as a full-service grocery department with a bakery, deli and produce department.
Construction on the center will begin next week, Massey said. Along with the temporary jobs and economic boon from construction, the supercenter will create at least 100 full- and part-time jobs in the area, he said.