GRAVETTE (KFSM) – Less than one month after Walmart unexpectedly closed its doors, the City of Gravette announced it has reached a deal with a new grocer to open.
CV’s will open a new grocery store in Gravette by the end of November 2016, according to Mayor Kurt Maddox.
Maddox said the closure of Walmart forced residents in the area to have to drive upwards of 20 miles to buy their groceries.
"We immediately started making phone calls [when Walmart closed] to every grocery store we could think of," Maddox said.
Maddox contacted CV’s, who purchased Marvin’s years ago.
CV’s currently owns the property where Gravette’s old Marvin’s building still stands.
Maddox said the company agreed to move back to the same property, pending construction of a new building.
The city has agreed to push building permits through the system quickly, in order to allow the project to be completed by the end of November.
Maddox said the city hopes to have demolition on the old Marvin’s building started in the next two weeks.