Pov’s property sale to Walmart closes, site prep begins

Pov’s Sports Bar in Andover will be demolished in the next couple of weeks to make way for a new Walmart.

Pov’s Sports Bar was open at this location in Andover for 17 years before it closed at the end of 2011. It will be demolished soon and replaced by a new Walmart near the end of this year or in early 2014. Photo by Eric Hagen

Pov’s Sports Bar was open at this location in Andover for 17 years before it closed at the end of 2011. It will be demolished soon and replaced by a new Walmart near the end of this year or in early 2014. Photo by Eric Hagen

Andover City Administrator Jim Dickinson said Monday that the property sale between Pov’s owner Brad Povlitzki and Walmart has closed.

The price for the almost 20 acres of land at the northwest corner of Bunker Lake Boulevard and Jay Street has not been publicly disclosed, and Povlitzki could not be reached for comment.

Walmart’s 150,000 square-foot store could be open late this year or in early 2014, according to Erik Miller, vice president/principal of MFRA, with which Walmart contracted to develop the site plan.

The store will have retail goods and a grocery store with a deli, meat market and bakery.

Dickinson said Walmart has received all the permits it needs to demolish Pov’s and build the new store.

“It’s a significant commercial project coming to the community,” Dickinson said. “We’ll treat them like we do for any other commercial development and hope they will be successful.”

Tree clearing began Monday, April 7 at the former Pov’s Sports Bar site in Andover. Photo by Eric Hagen

Tree clearing began Monday, April 7 at the former Pov’s Sports Bar site in Andover. Photo by Eric Hagen

Michael Dahlin, a superintendent with Wm. A. Randolph, Inc. of Gurnee, Ill., was on the property Monday to supervise the beginning of site preparation work and said the first step is site clearing and grubbing.

Although the sales price is not public information at this point, the Anoka County Property Records and Taxation website shows that all delinquent property taxes and assessments owed by the property owner at 1851 Bunker Lake Blvd. N.W. have been paid.

A total payment of $686,817.59 was made April 3. This includes principal, interest and penalties.

Most of the delinquency was the city of Andover’s assessment for the construction of Jay Street. Dickinson previously told ABC Newspapers that the total Pov’s principal assessment amount was $417,925.02 and included the new street, storm sewer improvements and lateral charges for water main and sanitary sewer.

Pov’s Sports Bar was in business for 17 years before it closed at the end of 2011. Walmart officially made an application to the city in March 2012, but Povlitzki still owned the land while the city, Anoka County Highway Department and Coon Creek Watershed District reviewed the proposal.

Eric Hagen is at eric.hagen@ecm-inc.com

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