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Walmart expected to announce location of new Sioux Falls project

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Walmart is expected to make a big announcement about its future development plans in the city, Monday morning.

KSFY News spoke with city leaders today to get their thoughts.

We spoke with both mayor Mike Huether and director of community development Darrin Smith.

They want to give Walmart the chance to reveal the news Monday morning.

But Smith told us there's more to the announcement than what it seems.

And some shoppers are excited to find out what and where?

Shopper Jeanne Anne Korst has a request for Walmart and its plans to make a big announcement about what it has in store for Sioux Falls.

"I think that it would be a great thing if we could have another Walmart. If it could come in conjunction with a Sam's as well," Korst said.

Right now, Walmart shoppers can find stores on the east and west sides of the city, but what about those on the north and south.

"It looks like there is a lot of expansion happing on the south, the north, I don't know so much about yet. It doesn't seem like there's a lot going on out there but maybe on the south side to accommodate what's coming out on the south," Korst said.

But last year, neighbors on the south side fought plans to build a third store there. Still, some east side Walmart shoppers think the southern part of Sioux Falls would be a good place to put another store.

Tracey Helgeson said "they're doing a lot of development out in that area of Sioux Falls already, and like I said, then it will thin the crowd here at the east side one, which is over by where I live."

Some believe the retail giant could re-announce plans for a third store.

But a few shoppers say two Walmarts in Sioux Falls is more than enough.

David Woods said "otherwise I think it's getting a little much for the other businesses and I think its better that they have other stores and other businesses that can thrive still instead of having just the Walmarts."

Until the retailer makes its announcement, it will be a surprise as to what it is and where new the development will take place.

"There's a lot of development and a lot of influx coming into Sioux Falls already. It's inevitable. So we could probably use another store," Korst said.

One of the shoppers we spoke with says even though she believes two stores are probably enough she likes the idea of having another store which could help make for shorter lines.

She also told us, if we have about a dozen Hy-Vee's then she's ok with another Walmart.

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