A neighbor told me a Walmart grocery store is replacing the Mercado Del Pueblo in the Tucker Square shopping center. I hadn’t even noticed the Latin grocery had closed, but, sure enough, a drive-by confirmed the building, along with the former Tucker Billiards site, has been fenced off for remodeling. Still, I was surprised and somewhat skeptical that a Walmart is moving in.
The Mercado Del Pueblo replaced a Wayfield Foods just a few years ago, and given the relative proximity of Kroger (two stores within five miles) and the recently remodeled Walmart Supercenter at Cofer Crossing, plus a nearby Food Depot, I figured this spot would be doomed to long-term vacancy, leading to further decay for the already dilapidated shopping center. But a call to Habif Properties, who manages the