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New businesses to soon take over old Oroville Walmart

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OROVILLE, Calif. - By summer of 2018, the old Walmart in Oroville will be home to a handful of new businesses.

The building on Oro Dam Blvd has been empty since April when the Walmart that was there moved to a new space off of Feather River Blvd., about a quarter mile away.

Thursday, Oroville Mayor Linda Dahlmeier said her small town sees over one million visitors a year, so, as this year comes to end, it's time for out with the old and in with the new.

"We have some of the largest development happening in the Northstate and this is one of the examples," Dahlmeier explained.

What would fill the 100,000 square foot building on the 10 acre lot has been in the works for more than a year, but now it's official. A Ross Dress for Less, Smart and Final, Harbor Freight and Fit Republic Gym will all be moving in.

The Ross, Smart and Final and Harbor Freight will be on the front side of the building where the Walmart entrance used to be and the gym will take up 30,000 square feet on the east side.

"Oroville is improving and growing in all the right ways," said Terri Gravison. She's lived in Oroville for almost 50 years and said it's already been a wonderful town to grow up and shop in, but she's also very excited to hear of this future.

"I think many people from Oroville think they need to go to neighboring cities to shop when we have a lot of opportunities right here and I think it'll just encourage people to stay local," Gravison explained.

The lot also has two 6,000 square foot pads where smaller businesses will have space to move in too. "So it gives an opportunity like Chipotle or a mattress store or hair salon to open in those areas to where they can take smaller square footage," Dahlmeier said.

The Oroville Mayor said she's excited because her town needs this positivity. "It's the engine that could. We're still achieving some greatness in spite of the things that have happened in the past year from the spillway to the fires."

One of many signs for a better 2018 in Oroville, after a challenging 2017. "You have to know that there's always gonna be a better day," Dahlmeier said.

Demolition to parts of the building will begin this month and locals can expect to see the first stores move in during the summer of 2018.

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