Historic church demolished for Texas city’s third Walmart

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Demolition has begun on a historic church in north Abilene.

University Baptist Church on the corner of Ambler Ave and Grape St is getting torn down to make way for what will be Abilene’s third Walmart location.

City Council approved Walmart’s request to build this location in August. It will span the lot currently occupied by University Baptist Church near the corner of Ambler and Grape Street and will feature a store  equipped with groceries, a pharmacy, and fuel stations.

The University Baptist Church has been closed and vacated for some time due to health and safety concerns like asbestos. 

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