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PONTIAC - A proposed Wal-Mart Supercenter in Pontiac may include a drive-up pharmacy, a gas station and several other businesses.

On Monday, the Pontiac City Council will consider zoning recommendations for the new store, which will be built behind the current Wal-Mart at 1706 W. Reynolds St. The new, larger store will take up the space from Newport Road to about Rittenhouse Road on Pontiac's west side, near Interstate 55.

City officials say did not know Wednesday when the new store would open.

City Administrator Bob Karls said the city of Pontiac is not offering the company incentives, such as tax breaks, to expand. The company is paying for lengthening the streets in the area to allow access to the rear of the building.

City officials have been working with Wal-Mart officials for about six months. Earlier this month, the company submitted plans for the store to the city.

According to those plans, groceries will be on the east end of the building and general merchandise will be on the west side. The general layout resembles that of the Wal-Mart Supercenter located on Illinois 9 in Bloomington.

Store plans call for an expanded garden center, tire and battery center and floral department.

Wal-Mart officials plan to lease the gas station area to Murphy's Oil, Karls said. That will be built in the footprint of the current building, which will be torn down.

Several other neighboring lots owned by Wal-Mart will be leased for businesses. The store also will have spaces near the checkout lanes in the store that could accommodate other businesses.

City officials said they are pleased with the variety of trees and shrubs the company is planning on planting in the area.

A final plat for the property will be reviewed by the city's planning commission on Jan. 9. The council will have their final say on Jan. 16.

Wal-Mart's purchase of the land will be final after all the plans are approved by the city.

Officials with Wal-Mart could not be reached for comment Wednesday.


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