Concerns surface over Walmart plans at Westerville Square

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Walmart may face an uphill battle for approval of its proposed store in Westerville Square.

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mike

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Jun 30, 2010
 

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Put the wal mart at the post office/armory site if City leaders want one!!!!!
Frank - Westerville

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So Kriss Rodgers is fine with a grocery store on the site, but only if it's one with prices high enough to prevent a loyal customer base? She would opt for "other big-box guys that aren't such a value-driven type of business" - is it me or does that sound crazy?
Really

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The Andersons would be a GREAT addition - location could be right for them too - currently have to go to Sawmill or Brice for them - worth the trip, but not as often ... on the other hand, I guess people have to decide: do you want empty storefronts or taxpaying employers in town. I would much rather support Roush or Andersons and similar family owned businesses, but I also realize that a functioning Wal-Mart would provide many more jobs, pay more taxes, and do more good - than an empty abandoned Lazarus store from days gone bye!
TICON

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How about a Dillards? Customer service and quality are head and shoulders above most retailers.
Cindy

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The Anderson's would be a perfect fit for Westerville. They need a location on this side of town.
REW

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I don't think the only questions are does the vacant shopping center need both tenants and a face lift but also what kind of tenant would best fit our area and the needs of our area. Are we willing to sell our small town, beautiful suburbia at any price? Taxes are great but any tenants would bring jobs and employers paying taxes. Do we really want a Walmart?
Maybe we would all make the right choice if we research exactly what type of retailer Walmart really is and what happens to local businesses and neighborhoods after they move in....
gonzo

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Make comments to City Council now. Don't wait. They need to know that the plan does not fit the site. And why is Planning Department helping the developer with their presentation? Hmmmmmmmm
I know

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gonzo wrote:
Make comments to City Council now. Don't wait. They need to know that the plan does not fit the site. And why is Planning Department helping the developer with their presentation? Hmmmmmmmm
I thought the same thing. Why would the planning commission be helping Hadler and Wal Mart with their presentation?
Paul from Westerville

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This would be a disaster for Westerville. No question this retail area is an eyesore but Hadler, you can do better than this. Walmart stores will bring crime into our community like we've never seen before. Not to mention that traffic at this intersection is already at unsustainable levels.
Steve Johnson

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A Walmart coming to Westerville has to be the absolute worse option for our community. There are countless stories about what happens to American uptown marketplaces once a Walmart moves in, this should throw up serious warning signs. Anyone who wants to buy lowgrade quality products at 50 cents cheaper needs to think beyond the immediate gratification and be aware of the overall impacts this retail giant has once they move in. Walmart closes the Mom and Pop stores and systematically shutters the doors of many other random local stores. The jobs this one Walmart will produce will not offset the many others that will be lost by our local small businesses. Walmart's long disturbing history of employee neglect, discraceful business practices with their vendors and blatent disregaurd for the local community around them should be a warning sign that we will not somehow be an exception to the rule. There is life beyond Walmart and I hope people recognize this. If we don't, we too will be another statistic of fallen local merchants, unhappy customers and overconsumption. Low prices will never offset all the other negative things associated with doing business with Walmart. With a little research, you too will see we can not afford to do this to Westerville.
big D

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Excuse me! A ritzier place, didn't Lazarus move out and the furniture store also. Hasn't anyone noticed a bit of a falloff in Westerville income? Couldn't we use a couple of hundred more jobs in the area and some additional revenue. Maybe those jobs created would actually assist the existing surrounding businesses as they spent their money locally. I honestly think that the competition increase for Roush would not be that great because the people that shop Roush do so because of the quality and service, the people that are going to buy common supply items, most likely, will get them at a discount store. Hmmmm! Isn't there a discount store already there that sells goods that can be bought at Roush?
How did they get in? I think Walmarts stock is still listed on the NYSE. I say welcome them with open arms before the plaza turns into a flea market, pawn shop haven or one of those adult book stores gets in. Look around folks, where cities died on the vine because of attitude. My grocer loves me, but attitude doesn't get me goods and services.
If I upset that huge group of people that turns their nose up at Walmart, maybe they could just grab their checkbooks and write a check and we could tear up the plaza and put in a soccer field!
big D

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Paul from Westerville wrote:
This would be a disaster for Westerville. No question this retail area is an eyesore but Hadler, you can do better than this. Walmart stores will bring crime into our community like we've never seen before. Not to mention that traffic at this intersection is already at unsustainable levels.
Didn't all the crime already come in (not to mention the predicted drugs and prostitution)when the alcoholic establishments were permitted into the city? I haven't read much about it lately but if it was a good arguement then, it might work now.
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I grew up in Westerville and due to economic reasons lived in Columbus for a while. I just recently bought my first home...in Westerville, not far from the proposed WalMart. I shudder to think what that store would bring to my lovely, peaceful neighborhood. I hate the fact that alcohol is sold here and bemoan that everytime I go to the grocery. But please, let's not add a WalMart and it's accompanying crime to our beautiful town.
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I would much rather see tax money coming into the community than vacant buildings that bring down property values...and for the nay sayers, looks like Walmart has really brought down the neighborhood in Dublin...

walmart and the uptown merchants really do not have much in common as far as the products offered in the stores. walmart will also have to go through the voting process to be able to sell alcohol. If you do not want them to sell alcohol you will have the opportunity to vote on it.
Walmart equals Trash

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Great all we need is another walmart to draw in the areas trashy people and allow their kids to run around the store without their parents just like over at easton.
Go ahead people place ignorant and other things on this post but if you have ever been to the walmart at easton it is bad. Thats why I go for Target instead.
Walmart equals Trash

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TaxedToDeath wrote:
I would much rather see tax money coming into the community than vacant buildings that bring down property values...and for the nay sayers, looks like Walmart has really brought down the neighborhood in Dublin...
walmart and the uptown merchants really do not have much in common as far as the products offered in the stores. walmart will also have to go through the voting process to be able to sell alcohol. If you do not want them to sell alcohol you will have the opportunity to vote on it.
You are right walmart = purchasing child labor products from china while local merchants = made in usa for the most part.
WOW westerville

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Jul 12, 2010
 
You folks need to quit drinking the anti-Walmart kool-ade. This is not a small town where there is no walmart or other shopping options for miles. This shopping center is vacant, has been vacant and will prob stay vacant if this is shot down. If Andersons or Trader Joes were looking to come here they would have years ago. Wal-mart is one of the only retailer still in expantion mode.

Yes Morse rd WM is terible, but look at the area not the store. If you build near a bad area you get bad people. I don't think Westerville would suddenly built a Ghetto just cause they have a Wal-mart.

Everyone jumps on the bandwagon of if we have a Walmart then local shops will die. But I am from Logan and they have had growth in the area and because of Wal-mart, They lost some mid level retail (Big Lots, and Ames) but they were already poor preforming stores before WM. The local Mom and Pop have been doing good. Westerville is a different area, if Big Box retailers were going to kill them then they should have already been dead with Meijer, Giant Eagle, Target, and everything else in the Easton/Polaris areas.

If you want to have an Empty set of store fronts and no taxes coming into the City then you should def not support Walmart coming in.
Randy

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Jul 12, 2010
 
If Wal-Mart must have a store in Westerville don't put it close to RT3 (Westerville Road) because it has more traffic than the road can handle now. Can you imagine the traffic nightmare at Westerville Road and the I270 interchange with even more traffic?

However, I'm opposed to Wal-Mart locating in Westerville because the downtown and many of the small shops in the area will go out of business. Wal-Mart has done that to many smaller towns across America and I would not like that to happen to Westerville. I'm not against growth and progress I am against a giant like Wilmar coming in and turning an area into another low-rent trash pit.

I would suggest that any of you take a good close look at the Wal-Mart on Morse road and then decide if that's what you want closer to home. I do not want that in Westerville, do you?
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Jul 12, 2010
 
I agree, let MW move in. I'm from Canal Winchester and we've got Bolenbaugh's Hardware down there who still does a terrific business right down the street from a Super WM. People who want to support the little guys will do it, and you can't get everything you need at WM anyway, that's why Lowes, Home Depot, and Bolenbaugh's are still in business. Much better to have that empty space filled with a going concern than ones who can't or won't make it........
Westerville Walmart Fan

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Jul 26, 2010
 
I agree with all the comments about the WM on Morse Road, but I always shop at the one at 23/Polaris and it is NOT trashy at all. I happen to be teacher on a tight budget and a store like Walmart is a life safer for me. Even though I live in Westerville I am not exactly wealthy. I don't want to see Mom and Pop's go out of business, but there is enough diversity and money in Westerville to support Walmart, the Mom and Pop's and Roush. We definately need something to fill the vast vacant lot of Westerville Square.

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