KBE Building Corporation Renovating Three Wal-Mart Stores in Maryland; Expansions Make Way for Grocery Sales

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KBE Building Corporation (KBE) (http://www.kbebuilding.com) recently began renovating two Wal-Mart stores and will begin work on a third toward the end of the year. Each renovation involves expansion of the existing store to accommodate grocery sales

KBE Building Corporation (KBE) (http://www.kbebuilding.com) recently began renovating two Wal-Mart stores and will begin work on a third toward the end of the year. Each renovation involves expansion of the existing store to accommodate grocery sales. The existing projects include the following stores:

  •     Wal-Mart, Cambridge, MD. 102,000 sq ft, expanding to 148,000 sq ft. Expected completion date in late August. Project cost: $11 million.
  •     Wal-Mart, Glen Burnie, MD. 213,000 sq ft, expanding to 300,000 sq ft. Expected completion date in early September. Project cost: $11 million.

The third project is:

  •     Wal-Mart, Hampstead, MD. 103,072 sq ft, expanding to 165,575 sq ft. Expected completion date in late October. Project cost: $12.2 million.

Each project is an economic boon to the local area, providing jobs, great values on grocery items, and productive retail space. For example, the Cambridge Wal-Mart at the intersection of Rt. 50 and Church Creek Rd. is expanding into two adjacent strip mall spaces left vacant by the economic downturn. Project Manager, Reeve Johnson, said, “people are really excited that this is being done – they look forward to being able to do all their shopping in one place.” At an almost 50% increase in total square footage, the Cambridge expansion is a substantial retail project in the area.

Each project is being done with minimal disruption of the daily store operations. “That’s one of our big strengths, working with the owner to get the job done well without negatively affecting their business,” said KBE Vice President of Business Development, Allan Kleban. He added, “we work nights and weekends on the more intrusive tasks, then build secure work areas on the interiors to make ourselves as invisible as possible for day work.” Project superintendents at each location hold daily meetings with the store managers to ensure smooth operations.

Similar to Cambridge, the Glen Burnie store is also expanding into adjacent space that has been left vacant at the Chesapeake Center Drive location. “The space was previously occupied by a grocer, so adding grocery space back to the area will have a really positive impact on the area,” said Project Manager Mark Staples. In addition to expanding into the adjacent space, the project includes 10,000 sq ft of additions to the existing structure, including new entrances and completely renovated loading docks in the receiving area.

The Hampstead location, which is located on N. Hanover Pike, is expected to commence in the last few weeks of 2010 or the beginning of 2011. In addition to adding 63,000 sq ft of retail space, the project also includes sewer upgrades, expanded stormwater detention, and lane widening.

About KBE Building Corporation
Regionally located in Columbia, Maryland and Farmington, Connecticut, KBE Building Corporation is a $300 million full-service, single-source commercial construction company strategically positioned to serve the Eastern and Mid-Atlantic U.S. Founded in 1959 and incorporated in 1966, the firm provides preconstruction, construction management, design-build, and general contracting services to clients in the corporate, educational, seniors, hospitality, health care, institutional, and retail markets. The firm is ranked among Engineering News-Record magazine’s top 400 construction companies nationally. Visit the company’s Web site at http://www.kbebuilding.com.

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