The tired Walmart on Cranberry Highway in Wareham is getting a new look and a new location. In a corporate release from the retail chain giant, a groundbreaking for the site of a new Supercenter was announced. The ceremony, which will be attended by Walmart representatives, members of the Wareham business community and Chairman of the Wareham Selectmen Alan Slavin, is slated for Friday, June 20 at 9 a.m. at the corner of Route 28 and Tobey Road.
The new store, which will replace the current location at 3005 Cranberry Highway in Wareham will be a Supercenter. Walmart Supercenters, in addition to carrying all the retail products of a standard Walmart store, also have a variety of other amenities and services including a full-scale supermarket with frozen foods, produce, deli, bakery and meat. Many Supercenters have garden shops, car services (tire/oil change), beauticians, pharmacies and optical services. Many also include bank branches and fast food restaurants such as Subway.
The current closest Walmart Supercenter to Cape Cod is off Route 44 in Plymouth at Colony Place in Plymouth. There is currently one standard Walmart on Cape Cod in Falmouth. The new Wareham Walmart will be just down the road from Wareham Crossing, minutes from Route 195.
In October 2011, the Wareham Planning Board held a public hearing on Walmart's application to build a 156,985 square foot store on a 26-acre parcel at the Tobey Road Route 28 location. See the Environmental Notification Form (ENF) here.