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    Cyburbian TexanOkie's avatar
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    Wal-Mart real estate and planning department

    Does anyone know of anyone or has anyone here worked for Wal-Mart's corporate hq dept. of Real Estate and Planning? They hire planners, real estate agents, and architects to do anything from designing the store, to working with local governments on development, legal, and financing issues, to being a community organizer, including public involvement and PR. Sounded intriguing, and I wasn't sure if it was a new development in the corporate policy of Wal-Mart or if it's been around awhile.

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    Hmmm... I've worked with Walmart projects twice, but both times they worked through a developer-broker. I think they tend to do this because of the liklihood of anti-Walmart people coming out of the woodwork before entitlements are secured. I had no contact with an actual Walmart corporate employee. For the record, Walmart walked away on both cases.

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    I have reviewed landscape plans/tree inspections for Wal-Marts in 3-4 different communities in Illinois (private sector here). In Chicagoland, Wal-Mart has used Atwell Hicks for engineering work for several of their stores, but that's about as much as I know.

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    Quote Originally posted by Suburb Repairman View post
    but both times they worked through a developer-broker.
    I'll agree with that. Around here, they have their subcontractors who come in and do the work. While no one really knows what's going to be a Wal-Mart, those who are involved in land development can see it from a mile away by who the contractor/engineering firm on the project are and where the site is located. But come to think of it, there have been a few times I was certain there was going to be a Wal-Mart and I was wrong. Ended up being Home Depot

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    That's what I had thought. I wonder what projects, then, get considered or tackled by their Real Estate dept? Wal-Mart claims, on its corporate site, that Real Estate and Store Planning does everything from market research/site location to site planning to building design to interior design and redesign.

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    Quote Originally posted by TexanOkie View post
    That's what I had thought. I wonder what projects, then, get considered or tackled by their Real Estate dept? Wal-Mart claims, on its corporate site, that Real Estate and Store Planning does everything from market research/site location to site planning to building design to interior design and redesign.
    I think that may just be for their stores in "difficult" areas with tough big-box ordinances where they may have to deviate substantially from their standard designs. They probably also step in for their experimental designs (i.e. the Walmart in McKinney, TX with the wind turbines, some of their new stores in urban areas, etc.).

    And it's true that you can sniff out a Walmart. One trick: look for their posting in the newspaper legal section for Woodforest Bank. Also, there simply aren't that many single stores over 200,000 square feet.

    "Oh, that is all well and good, but, voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country."

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    Wal-mart Architecture is almost always done by the firm PB2 who is headquartered in Rogers, Arkansas but also has offices in Dallas and Chicago. I'm in the Chicago-metro area and my suburban community has a Wal-mart project proposed.

    Other posters are correct, though -- we certainly haven't heard from the Wal-mart planning department. Wal-mart rarely locates itself alone and there is typically a retail center built around the Walmart. Walmart then works almost exclusively through developers who use a team of engineers and usually a local architect to get the entire project approved. The PB2 firm is usually a part of the team to make sure the Wal-mart architecture meets their corporate standard.

    We don't have Atwell-Hicks as the engineer, though -- they're using a firm called Manhard.

    On our Wal-mart project there is a regional real estate broker who certainly seems very familiar with planning concepts - so maybe he's hired out of the planning department?

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    The real estate department for Wal-Mart and most large retail chains usually works behind the scenes. Their role is in site selection and design, but design is accomplished in coordination with the developer and the architect and engineer hired to carry out the project. Personel from the chain are only occassionally involved. Somebody may attend a public meeting to talk about the project, but that is about the extent of it. I recall one meeting with a representative of Target in attendance. It is more common to see the regional representative of smaller formats.
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    I am trying to figure out who to contact in store planning to discuss getting on their general contractor bid list. From what I have read in this discussion, they are not that involved and a developer/broker is? We are in California and they are remodeling a few stores, that is what we do, so was trying to find a way "in." Any ideas?

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    Quote Originally posted by jmarilyn426 View post
    I am trying to figure out who to contact in store planning to discuss getting on their general contractor bid list. From what I have read in this discussion, they are not that involved and a developer/broker is? We are in California and they are remodeling a few stores, that is what we do, so was trying to find a way "in." Any ideas?
    Try a general contracting forum, or contact HQ. For what it's worth, Walmart has their own crew that lives on the road and does this. Like gypsies, they travel from store to store, remod to remod.

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    Thank you and I will try the Gen Contractor fourm. I figured that they might be covered, but was just trying to dig a little deeper. I have noticed that ROHM Building & Development does many of their stores in CA; maybe there are the developer and the builder. Thanks again.

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    I am new to this forum, or any forum for that matter...how do I find something like a general contractor forum?

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    Wal-Mart Contacts for Building

    This is what I have for all known contacts to bid Walmart. A caveat-Like most you will be informed to complete a Qualification form and give reference to completed 150,000 sq ft. of poured concrete. After that, more than likely, you will never hear from them again. I do not want to sound pessimistic, but this is a national tenant you need to develop a relationship with inside. Everyone I know that bids for them, knows a project manager or the arch personally. Good luck hope this helps. Feel free to contact me if I can ever help out. Just a contractor that knows the feeling of trying to get a national tenant and getting the run-around.

    Wal-Mart Stores Inc. Save To My Folder

    Address 702 SW 8th St. Bentonville, AR 72712

    Phone (479) 273-4000
    Fax (479) 273-1917
    Web Site http://www.walmart.com

    Company ContactsName: Phone: Fax: Email:
    Project Manager (479) 273-4000 (479) 277-5991 Not Available
    John Rogey (479) 204-0070 (479) 273-6503 Not Available
    Wal-Mart Construction Dept. (479) 273-4000 (479) 273-6503 Not Available
    Kim Owner (417) 883-6600 (479) 273-6503 Not Available
    David Glass (479) 273-4000 (479) 273-4053 Not Available
    Steve Nickle (479) 273-4000 (479) 273-6503 Not Available
    Ashley Aimus (417) 883-6600 (479) 273-6503 Not Available
    Contracts Administrator (479) 273-4000 (479) 273-6503 Not Available
    Wal-Mart Contracts Administrator (479) 273-4000 (479) 204-0298 Not Available
    John Dunn (479) 277-2416 (479) 277-2554 Not Available
    Carolyn Shaw (479) 204-0340 (479) 273-6503 Not Available
    Jay Allen (479) 204-4000 (479) 204-6503 Not Available
    Debbie Gilmore (479) 273-4000 (479) 273-6503 Not Available
    Billy Parker (704) 983-6830 (704) 983-6604 Not Available
    G.R. Rez (479) 273-4000 (479) 273-4053 Not Available
    Belinda Miller (479) 204-0069 (479) 273-6503 Not Available
    Keith Morris (479) 273-4000 (479) 273-1917 Not Available
    Steve Rivera (479) 204-1088 (479) 273-1964 Not Available
    John Wolf (479) 273-4000 (479) 273-6503 Not Available
    Mandy Moore (479) 204-0843 (479) 273-6503 Not Available
    Rhoda Washington Not Available Not Available
    Mia Masten Not Available Not Available
    Kevin Slate (479) 204-0114 (479) 204-0298 Not Available
    Randy Gruetzmacher (479) 204-0475 (479) 273-6503 Not Available
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    Roderick Scott (479) 273-4000 (479) 273-6503 Not Available
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    Chip Tulley (903) 589-3434 (903) 589-3162 Not Available
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    David Wagoner (479) 277-2441 (479) 273-1917 Send An Email
    April Zehnder (479) 273-4000 (479) 273-1917 Not Available
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    J. Chris Callaway (479) 273-4000 (479) 273-1917

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    Wal-Mart real estate and planning department

    TexanOkie, I worked for Walmart Design and Construction for 13 years. Yes they do hire outside consultants to aide in the land development and building of their stores. Brokers, Architects, Engineers, PR firms, Legal, General Contractors, Mechanical Contractors, Testing Firms, etc. throughout the country go through a vetting period. If they meet all the criteria then the Real Estate, Design and Construction Teams can utilize them on their projects. Along with this WMT also has Real Estate Managers, Design Mangers and Construction Managers internally to help the process move along. Do you have something that you want to know about exactly?

    Benefits of the Realty Division of WMT, Acres for America, is one of the with the goal to permanently protect one acre of important wildlife habitat in the United States for every acre of land developed by Walmart. The program was designed to completely offset the company’s land footprint in the United States. http://www.nfwf.org/AM/Template.cfm?...ontentID=15286

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    Moisture in Concrete

    I am trying to determine who and in what department at WMT I should contact regarding our Moisture Mitigation System which reduces moisture quickly to acceptable levels to accept flooring?
    Thank you for the insight you've provided.VH

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