Walmart grand opening indicates a turn in southeast Fort Worth

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by MONIKA DIAZ

WFAA

Posted on January 31, 2013 at 11:47 PM

Updated Friday, Feb 1 at 9:02 AM

FORT WORTH -- For years, neglect dotted the streets in southeast Fort Worth. Developers skipped the neighborhood, but now they are seeing opportunity.

The area is Fort Worth Councilwoman Kelly Allen Gray’s home turf. She grew up here and now represents the district.

“To actually see this project come to fruition, it's amazing,” Gray said.

The reason for Gray’s excitement is the opening of the new Walmart Supercenter on East Berry Street, near Highway 287. The store is the anchor of Renaissance Square, a shopping center that's already making an impact.

“Walmart has 300 employees and most of those employees come from southeast Fort Worth, and with everything else that's coming, it's going to multiply that number,” Gray said. 

A Ross, Marshalls, Rue 21, Shoe Carnival and other retailers will join Walmart in the following months. By October, the shopping center is expected to be complete.

Friday’s grand opening is at 7:30 a.m., and the store will open to the public after the ceremony.

E-mail mdiaz@wfaa.com

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