Wal-Mart, Developer Address Winston-Salem Neighborhood Concerns

5:17 PM, Sep 27, 2013   |    comments
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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Can one of the largest companies in the world win over a neighborhood in Winston-Salem?

Thursday night, Walmart submitted their plan to address the concerns of homeowners who live in the area of the proposed store. Many were worried that the proposed grocery store will create a traffic mess. If given the green light, the project will actually alleviate the current traffic problems, according to the developer.

He said they will extend turn lanes, widen the roads and even add a median to Country Club Road, all at no cost to the city or taxpayers.

Many neighbors also believe the Neighborhood Market version will be a Supercenter much like most of the Walmarts in the area. It's a lot smaller than what you may be thinking.

Professor Roger Beahm, a retail expert at Wake Forest, tells us it's in Walmart's best interest to address concerns.  "Anytime customers are concerned, a corporation has to deal with it because in the final analysis, the customer is the one who decides if the business will succeed or if it will fail.  Walmart has to be sensitive about what the needs are particularly in the area where it's putting a store."

As for what's next -- during Thursday's meeting, the City Council put together an advisory committee made up of people who live and work in the area. They'll take a closer look at the project and work with the developer about any concerns.

The full city council will vote whether to rezone the area, essentially giving Walmart the go-ahead, at a special meeting on October 28th.

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