Wal-Mart revisits plan for Greenwood store

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A retail giant that lost its bid to build a store in Greenwood nearly a decade ago is hoping local leaders look more favorably on a new proposal to erect a smaller store at the same site.

Arkansas-based Wal-Mart Stores Inc. wants to build its third store in Johnson County off Smith Valley Road and State Road 135. The store would be about 50,000 square feet smaller than its other two stores in the county.

It would have about 100 fewer parking spaces than city rules require.

The Greenwood Plan Commission will consider the proposal at a meeting Monday, the Daily Journal reported.

Residents say they're concerned about traffic, crime, noise and light pollution. Hundreds rallied against a similar proposal in 2004.

Wal-Mart hopes to begin construction in the spring.


  • Not in compliance
    Joe, you obviously didn't read the full article. The proposed Wal-Mart is 100 parkins spaces shy of the minimum required by the zoning ordinance--that is enough for the Commission to deny a permit. The community successfully put the kibbosh on a proposed Wal-Mart almost a decade ago, but I guess the folks at Wal-Mart are hoping for collective amnesia. Bentonville will certainly face some obstacles to this proposal.
  • Not the PC's Decision
    The Plan Commission can't deny Wal-Mart smiply because they are wal mart or there are other stores near by. IF you don't like WM, don't shop there. This is supposed to be a consumer driven economy and we as the consumers can dictate product with purchasing power. If the site is zoned appropriately and WM meets the established development criteria, you have no choice!
  • Absolutely!
    The area could absolutely use Wal-mart. Would help Target and Meijer become more competitive in their pricing.
  • Absolutely NOT!
    I hope they keep Walmart out. There are 2 Walmarts within a 10 minute drive. The area under consideration has a great many small non-chain stores, and I would not like to see them turn into vacant strip malls.There is a Meijer store in the area already, which I prefer over Walmart as they carry more USA made items and have far, far nicer clerks. We don't need every store at every commercial location.

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