CICERO – After eight years of negotiations, the first shovel of dirt will be dug for Cicero's Walmart supercenter.
Cicero and Wal-Mart officials will gather for the groundbreaking of the super store at 1 p.m. July 10.
The event will take place off of 34th Street and Cicero Avenue, near the northeast section of the former Sportsman's Park property, just east of the Wirtz distributing building.
The 190,000 square-foot Walmart will be built on a 24.6 acre site. The cost of the site was $7.5 million.
Wal-Mart plans to build spaces on the property for smaller retail businesses, primarily restaurants.
Walmart also owns Sam's Club in Cicero, which is ranked the number one performer of all Sam's Club operations in the U.S., according to Cicero spokeman Ray Hanania.
The store is expected to open in 2014.