This is one Walmart without greeters at the door, where there are no signs touting low prices and where customers aren’t welcome.
Last month, Walmart quietly opened its $100 million, 210,000-square-foot corporate data center on Colorado Springs’ far north side, a nondescript, mauve-colored building that looks like nothing more than a large distribution center.
There was no announcement and no grand opening gala to signal the building’s completion. But as quiet as Walmart has made this facility, some local business people say it has the potential to speak volumes on the community’s behalf.
The data center was considered an economic development coup for Colorado Springs when Walmart agreed in July 2011 to build the facility in a business park on Federal Drive, southeast of InterQuest and Voyager parkways.
Local government officials and business leaders wooed the world’s No. 1 retailer with financial incentives — $4.5 million in sales and business personal property tax rebates. In exchange, local officials estimated the project would pump roughly $488 million into the local economy over its first 15 years.