Once operations begin at the New Walmart Distribution Center it will have been 10 years since it was first announced in November of 2005. At the time, plans called for construction to start in the spring of 2007.
But those plans were pushed back further after the financial crisis in 2008. Walmart announced they would remain committed to building the center, but said they would not be able to open until 2010.
The site will be located on 150-acres east of the Eastwood Industrial Center and north of Highway 14. Both Mankato and Blue Earth County have been setting the stage for Walmart's location off of county road 12 and Highway 14 for several years.
A five-year transportation plan for Blue Earth County was unveiled in 2007. The board of Commissioners discussed two major expansion projects. This included expanding County Road 12 from the Mankato Airport. Construction began in 2008.
The entire 5 year plan was an estimated $64 million. Things started looking up in 2010 after city leaders, including Pat Hentges and Jonathan Zierdt took a trip to Bentonville Arkansas. Company Executives visited Mankato in the fall of 2012.
Local officials took that as a good sign that the long rumored distribution center would become a reality.