Work begins on Victoria's second Wal-Mart

The site where a Wal-Mart will be built on Rio Grande Street in Victoria.

Activity is under way at the site that will soon house Victoria's second Wal-Mart.

Land is cleared at 4101 Houston Highway, an entryway is open and a storm water prevention silt fence - a requirement during construction - is up, said Rhonda Nebgen, the project manager with Emerson Construction.

The Temple-based construction company is the general contractor behind the project.

Crews met Thursday regarding the build and, if all goes well, the plan is to begin construction this week. The project is expected to take nine months to complete.

On Tuesday, Wal-Mart pulled a building permit for the 155,939-square foot supercenter with 607 parking spaces, said Monica Leal, development coordinator with the city of Victoria.

The site will house two lots, she said. That includes the main lot, which is currently in the works, and a smaller lot, which will eventually be further subdivided to house a fuel station and retail of some sort.

The store is scheduled to open in fall 2013, company spokesman Daniel Morales said in an email.

The store will employ about 300 people, he said, and hiring will begin in late summer.