Walmart makes one more try: Safety concerns neighbors




About a decade ago, hundreds of residents packed meetings to oppose a Center Grove area Walmart store, but this time they don’t have much recourse.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. wanted to build a 212,000-square-foot store off State Road 135, but significant public opposition led the Greenwood Plan Commission to vote against annexing and rezoning two different sites the Arkansas-based retail giant had been considering.

The retailer now wants to build a smaller, 152,434-square-foot store at a site near State Road 135 and Smith Valley Road that it looked at in 2004. The company no longer needs the city’s permission, senior planning director Bill Peeples said.

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