POWHATAN, VA (WWBT) - The plan to build a Walmart in Powhatan County is one step closer to reality.
County leaders have approved a site plan for the store, which could now open around this time next year.
The Walmart store on Midlothian Turnpike in Chesterfield is currently the closest one to Powhatan, at about 10 miles to the county line.
Powhatan County's Board of Supervisors approved the store's plan to build in the area last fall.
Many people who live in the rural county were not happy with that decision, but the retail giant says the store will generate about $700,000 a year in tax revenue and hire about 350 people.
Now, the long-planned store has taken another significant step to becoming a reality.
Monday morning's Times-Dispatch reports that a site plan has been approved, so construction could start soon.
Walmart and Powhatan County leaders went back and forth a bit about ADA compliant bathrooms and light pole height, but ultimately, it looks like this store is on target to open in 2012.
The store in Powhatan will be located on Route 60 near Luck Stone — it becomes Anderson Highway in Powhatan.