Andover council approves Walmart store at former Pov’s site

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Walmart will have the right to construct a big box store on the former Pov’s Sports Bar site in Andover, but the fate of its liquor store is uncertain.

The Andover City Council Tuesday night (Aug. 21) unanimously approved the preliminary plat as well as a conditional use permit (CUP) for outdoor storage that pertains to a garden area in the parking lot, a sales area on the store front sidewalk and activities on the back side of the property. The store will be located on the northwest corner of Bunker Lake Boulevard and Jay Street.

As recommended by the Planning and Zoning Commission Aug. 14, the council restricted the outdoor seasonal garden sales area to March 15 through July 15, but it also put a 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. restriction on hours of operation.

A big issue for another day is whether this Walmart will be open 24/7. Mayor Mike Gamache found that not all metro area Walmarts are 24 hours, and he does not feel this store would be suited for it. See more in Eric Hagen’s ABC Newspapers story.


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