Ruling due this month on new Wal-Mart

Full story: The Charlotte Observer

Waxhaw officials are expected to decide by the end of the month the fate of Wal-Mart's proposal to build a Supercenter in the town.
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Karen in Waxhaw

Kannapolis, NC

#21 Aug 20, 2006
Tax money will stay in Union County with the other growth i.e. Lowe's, new Harris Teeter, possibly Target, etc. We do not need a Wal-Mart in Waxhaw. Nor do we want one. Let Mineral Springs have it - it is all Union County - so let it go somewhere else. It just doesn't fit in the location they are looking at. Terrible infrastructure to begin with and this will only add to all of the frustration. Most of us DO shop in Union County around here - how do you think these little stores are surviving in the first place? We have done well without a Wal-Mart and will continue to do so. If we REALLY want to go to Wal-Mart, we can go to the Arboretum (Charlotte), Monroe (Union County), Indian Trail (Union County), and even take our $$ to SC to shop Wal-Mart there. Gee whiz, do we need Wal-Mart on every corner like a fast food restaurant? NO - absolutely not!!
Waxhaw Tax Payer

United States

#22 Aug 22, 2006
Union County Taxpayer wrote:
I feel for you about having the Walmart in your backyard, however the growth in your area has been a had a great impact on the County infastructure such as roads and schools. I 'll agree to no Walmart, if you agree to make up for the lost tax revenue by not letting them come. You want classrooms for your children and don't want to have your community pay their far share. MOst residents in that part of the county don't shop in Union County and in turn support Charlotte schools. I don't think that the construction of new schools in your area should be saddled on the taxpayers from Monroe, Marshville, Stallings and Indian Trail. How about no Walmart and taxpayers in Waxhaw, Marvin and Weddington pay an increase of 10%- 15% on their property tax and dedicate it to the schools. I don't think you all would agree to that so let's bring on the Walmart because I know you all will shop there and the tax money will stay in Union County!
You obviously missed the boat - we said no to the proposed location of Walmart because of it's imminent problems...we are not just saying no to Walmart...just as we have not objected to Harris Teeter and Lowes being located a couple of miles from "Down Town". If Walmart moves a little further North or out on Hwy. 75 somewhere away from "Down Town", then no problem. If you had to drive through Waxhaw on your way to and from work, you'd understand.
Karen in Waxhaw

Kannapolis, NC

#23 Aug 22, 2006
Not to mention the extra services needed to maintain a store of this size. Not sure who attended last night's Planning Board meeting, but it has been brought up at both meetings I have attended. Crime is a major factor as well as traffic. Check out these crime statistics with respect to Wal-Mart.

http://www.walmartcrimereport.com/report.pdf #...
nelson

Charlotte, NC

#24 Aug 22, 2006
thanks Karen in Waxhaw.. will pass it on to other people in the area..
Essaw Road Resident

Fort Mill, SC

#25 Aug 24, 2006
Excellent report for the town commissioners to read...I wonder if they have the smarts to even determine what the cost of extra police would be. All residents should read that report as well.
Karen in Waxhaw

Kannapolis, NC

#26 Aug 24, 2006
Essaw Road Resident wrote:
Excellent report for the town commissioners to read...I wonder if they have the smarts to even determine what the cost of extra police would be. All residents should read that report as well.
I actually forwarded this report to the Waxhaw Police Department, the Mayor, the Town Manager and to each of the town Commissioners. I have heard from two of the Commissioners that they have received this information from me.
Local Cop

Waxhaw, NC

#27 Aug 27, 2006
I for one have experienced all of what Waxhaw and Union County have become in my line of work. I have read the other blogs and have to laugh at some of them.
Yes I am a DAMN YANKEE. I am not leaving and once the Yankee hating crowd realized this they came around. But one of the other things that brought them around was that they understood that I did not want to come here and change things.
The problem lays in the people that move here and think that its cool to live in the country. But after a year or two of being inconvienced of having to travel to shop at "Box Stores" they change their minds and want a community store next to their house. But only in the exact spot that they want.

They complain about the overcrowded schools and the traffic but fail to realize that neither would exist without them.

I have to agree with the blog about us allowing the CURETON ZOO. But on the other hand as long as the politicians are getting richer from the developers and builders we don't stand a chance in stopping them. So we are left with the Cureton ZOO and the future Wal-Mart ZOO.
Local Cop

Waxhaw, NC

#28 Aug 27, 2006
As a past Big City cop Wal-Mart is a haven for criminals. Is Wal-Mart going to hire 4-5 officers for Waxhaw to supplement the increase in crime in the town?
NO!!!

Is Wal-Mart going to fund an aerial ladder, two to three new pumpers and a new fire station to house the new fire apparatus for the Fire Dept. in the case that Wal-MArt catches fire?
NO!!!

Is Wal-Mart going to pay for a full-time Medic Crew and ambulance to supplement the Town for the increased medical calls for service?
NO!!!

For that matter are the developers / builders / retailers of the Cureton ZOO contributing anything towards public safety in Waxhaw?
NO!!!

Its simple people we need to pick our battles and fighting over having these stores coming was a lost battle two years ago when our local politicians gave the go-ahead to Wal-Mart. What we need to do now is try and co-habitate with the stores. We need to insure that our quality of life is impacted as little as possible.
DT in Marshville

United States

#29 Sep 8, 2006
I do not live in Waxhaw but I used to work there on a daily basis and still have customers there. I enjoy your small town and think it's wonderful to have that small town atmosphere so close to the big city. I think the residents of Waxhaw should enjoy and appreciate what they have. Walmart will build somewhere else close by anyway if they are turned down here. The way your area has grown with new home construction it's just a matter of time before you outgrow your resources anyway. The downtown area is probably pretty safe from new construction, but in time no one will shop there because there will be too many choices at lower prices and bigger selection close by. Soon you will have strip malls and shopping centers and eventually just like Matthews, Mint Hill and other areas close to Charlotte you will only know you've crossed into Waxhaw from Charlotte or Monroe from the city limit sign placed at the border of town. I left Charlotte 20 years ago and returned about 18 months ago. I am still amazed at the huge difference. I am still amazed at what urban sprawl has done to the greater Charlotte area and all that it consumes. That's why I live just a little further away in Marshville. Good luck and have a blessed day!
Howie Road

Charlotte, NC

#30 Sep 27, 2006
http://www.afa.net/boisestateuniversity.htm

If this is what Walmart is now promoting, I do not want them in my town.

I'm changing my habits to Target.
daniel

Charlotte, NC

#31 Jan 6, 2007
How does someone stop Walmart?
Capitalist

Kannapolis, NC

#32 Jan 6, 2007
Socialists seem to be coming out of the woodwork in Waxhaw.
Why should government be so involved in telling anyone where they can or can't locate their business?
par

Morris Plains, NJ

#33 Jan 7, 2007
I don't understand the animus against Cureton. It seems like a nicely planned development - not too disimilar to Alma Village - except for the shopping. Also, it is sufficiently far up the road from downtown. Why the vitriol?
Kim Guerino

United States

#34 Jan 7, 2007
NO WAXHAW WALMART!
There will be one entrance/one exit = providence Rd! Anyone using Providence Rd knows it is already overloaded. To put approx 500 more cars a day on it is crazy. The additional traffic would be detrimental to the health of citizens in Waxhaw depending on the fire and police departments.
If Walmart is determined to put a store in the area, let them do it up at the Lowe's and HT, not in the downtown area!
Barney

Charlotte, NC

#35 Jan 8, 2007
From the looks of it a lot of you people have just moved here. Waxhaw was a nice place 30 yrs ago but since a lot of folks from out of state discovered it about 8-10 yrs ago it is no longer quaint (as some of you like to put it). Just crowded. You new people can't move here, build your big houses and then tell others they can't come. I'm (now) for Wal Mart and any business that wants to be part of the community. Roads have to be built to handle all this residential traffic. Schools are being built and more will have to follow. For that to happen, you've got to have tax dollars. Come on people. Wake up and smell the coffee. It's not ok for you to come here and try to keep everyone else out. If that's the way the game is played, maybe we should have done that 25-30 years ago??
Karen in Waxhaw

Kannapolis, NC

#36 Jan 11, 2007
Barney, "us people" did not want a SUPER big box store in a place where the footprint did not belong. It was planned to be 5 times larger than anything else in the town! Does that sound harmonious? I don't get "you people" who don't want to accept the newcomers to your town who are taxpaying citizens and want what is best for the town we live in. If "you people" were so against opening up this city to new residents, why didn't you get involved earlier and try to stop any of the growth that has taken place in the last several years? Some of "you people" sold the land from which we built our houses and now call home. Now you want to complain?
MarshVegas

Monroe, NC

#37 May 14, 2013
Everyone will shop there ! Create some jobs ? New concept ? Huh !

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