The Victor Valley's first Walmart Supercenters are nearly complete, with final touches in the works at the stores in Victorville and Hesperia.


But while Walmart officials first projected a mid-summer opening, or some 12 months after construction started in July 2011, both stores are now scheduled to open in early September.


"They're really close," said Delia Garcia, spokeswoman for Walmart.


Garcia said no major obstacles emerged to delay the projects. She said it's simply tough to project construction a year in advance and things took a bit longer than expected.


No firm date has been released yet for grand openings, though Garcia said it looks as though both stores could open on the same day.


Victorville beat Hesperia to the punch by an hour with the groundbreaking on its site at the Dunia Plaza shopping center, along Bear Valley Road off Amargosa Road.


Garcia said Victorville's current Walmart on Bear Valley Road will shut down one night in September, and the next morning the new Supercenter will open to replace it. The new site will be 78,000 square feet larger, with expansions to existing departments and the addition of groceries. An extra 85 people were hired to staff the larger store.


Hesperia'sSupercenter on Main Street just east of Interstate 15 is a new site for the city and will also feature groceries along with the chain's usual selection of discount merchandise. Garcia said that store brought an additional 300 full- and part-time positions.


"We've gotten thousands of applications at the hiring center at Hesperia," she said.


While most of the positions have been filled, Garcia said interested applicants can always apply at careers.walmart.com.