With 8 council members present, including the newly elected mayor of the city of Garland, TX, Cherry began demolition of Sam Walton’s original Hypermart. The Hypermart concept was envisioned to be a “mini-mall” of sorts, larger than what would become Super-Walmart. However, the concept never took-off. As quoted by one a Cherry crew members after seeing the empty space, “that’s a lot of walking to get a can of green beans.”
The Hypermart in Garland, TX, has sat vacant for more than 12 years and has rapidly deteriorated, leaving a hot-spot for vagrants and decay. Cherry was asked to bid on this project, and was selected to demolish this 235,000 square foot building. The building should be on the ground by the first of June, and the remaining concrete slab removed and project completed in the next 5-6 weeks.
This was definitely news-worthy for the city of Garland, TX, as the press was in attendance along with city officials. The plan is part of a campaign to beautify the city of Garland over the next few years. City officials and residents alike are thrilled the “eye-sore”, that was once Hypermart, is coming down. Cherry will be able to recycle all steel and concrete totaling over 95% of the structure. See below the news clip from channel 5, and an in-depth article in the Dallas Morning News.
Dallas Morning News: https://www.dallasnews.com/business/retail/2018/05/15/hypermart-demolition-marks-long-awaited-start-new-era-garlands-southern-entryway
NBC DFW Channel 5 news: https://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/Garland-Demolishes-Eyesore-Hypermart-Building-Pushes-for-New-Development-482696801.html