Brick's Walmart store will expand to accommodate an addition of a supermarket.
Walmart stores across the country have been renovated or moved to accommodate the additions of supermarket-like food sections to the stores. In Ocean County, the Lacey Township store includes a supermarket.
Township Planner Mike Fowler said the store has received approvals to expand just under 30,000 square feet and recently completed its permitting process.
The renovation will also include a reworked parking lot that will have two entrances from Jack Martin Boulevard – presumably one close to the traditional store and one close to the supermarket section, Fowler said.
Construction crews will aslo install an 8 foot high sound wall as a buffer for neighbors.
The township council is expected to vote at its meeting Tuesday on whether to approve an application by Walmart asking for a reprieve from the township's noise ordinance during construction.
Council President John Ducey said the waiver to the noise ordinance, if approved, would only cover indoor construction.
"They want to continue to be open, and they feel it would be better to do the work during the night time hours in order not to impede shopping," Ducey said.
Though the project has been approved by the township, construction is "not imminent," said Ducey.
Fowler said the project will be pleasing to the eye.
"I think it's going to look nice when it's all done," he said.