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U-Haul to open in former Trotwood Walmart

U-Haul is aiming to open a location in the former Walmart in Trotwood, which closed in 2007.

Trotwood City Council unanimously agreed to allow U-Haul to move into the old Walmart building, 5331 Salem Ave., a move to bring business back to the city.

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The vote Tuesday night was 7-0, said Fred Burkhardt, executive director, Trotwood Community Improvement Corp., which his the city’s private development arm.

“We’re happy to see someone move into the property to make it productive,” Burkhardt said.

He said U-Haul will also have fleet maintenance work at the property and that will mean new jobs.

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U-Haul is working on acquiring the property and a project timeline was not available Tuseday night.

Other businesses have had success adapting empty big box stores in the northwest Dayton suburb.

Epix Tube is manufacturing in a former Kmart. Specialty Manufacturing Solutions opened in an empty Elder-Beerman. Storage of America rehabbed a former Target into self storage. 

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