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PORTERS NECK, NC (WWAY) — On Monday evening Walmart and Paramount Development Corporation hosted an open house at the Northeast Library to educate residents about a proposed Walmart supercenter.

Residents were able to review details about the store including its architectural and sustainability features planned for 8107 Market Street.

Paramount Development Corporation has its eye on an almost 45 acre lot of land located behind the State Employees Credit Union in Porters Neck.

“The plan is to put in a Walmart supercenter, which means one stop shopping,” Bill Wertz, Walmart Director of Communication- East said.

The 182,000 square foot supercenter will include a bakery, a deli, a garden center, a drive-through pharmacy, and groceries.

“We want everyone to feel good about this project,” Wertz said.

But not everyone thinks the timing is right to go ahead with plans to build the supercenter. Residents say there is already a traffic problem in the area and adding a Walmart to Porters Neck will just add to the chaos.

“There’s a problem now, so they are not doing anything to correct the problem,” Jack Geist, a concerned resident said. “I am asking to correct the problem now and then go build your store.”

Some see no need for a store at all.

“We do not want any more development around here. We have a Walmart up the street. We don’t need it,” Bobby Brown, who owns property across from the proposed site, said.

Although there are three Walmarts already in the area, Wertz says a fourth will have a positive economic impact.

“When you can bring a project to the community that has 300 jobs, that’s a very worthwhile undertaking,” Wertz said.

Wertz says the next step is to satisfy the questions and concerns of the New Hanover County Planning Department and then obtain the necessary permits to proceed.

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13 Comments on "Residents are concerned over Porters Neck Walmart"

2 months 3 hours ago

A Harvard School of Biz study showed Walmarts were great for the neighborhood economy. They attract shoppers who go shop at other nearby stores. Also, they introduce competition which is always good for shoppers. And more jobs is always a good thing.

2015 years 9 months ago


2015 years 9 months ago

Walmart employees wear blue polyester smocks. Not red aprons.

GuestRita Smith
2015 years 9 months ago

I do not go to Wal Mart now because it is not handy coming from
this part of town. I will shop at Porter Neck WalMart!

I also think that the people that are without a job will be very
happy to have a low paying job. Lets work at getting people off

Carol Kramer
2015 years 9 months ago

The last thing Ogden/Porter’s Neck needs is a WalMart Super Center. We already have a Harris Teeter and a Food Lion. We have a Walgreens. We have a Lowes Home Center with a huge (mostly empty) parking lot. We have a Lloyds garden center. We have Empire Deli & Bagels.

Another WalMart will only cannibalize its existing store sales, reduce sales of existing area businesses and have NO net increase in area employment.

We need to find a way to control how our community evolves. Throw a WalMart Super Center in the middle of our community and we destroy any hope of having small locally owned and operated businesses. There is nothing tempting about 300 low paying, red apron wearing, stock keeping, go nowhere jobs.

No thanks. Now, how do we stop them?

2015 years 9 months ago

I think what we need is a City sales tax for people that don’t live in the city. That way when they don’t want something in their area that will reduce the traffic in the city they can help pay for the improvement to the city infrastructure.

It is funny how no one wants it in their area, but it is OK if they do it else were.

2015 years 9 months ago

We didn’t need all those new homes. All those trees cut down. The load on the waterways. The loss of wild habitat. I say put the wal mart right in the middle so people can load up on Chinese goods to put in our landfill. LOL

2015 years 9 months ago

They just have traffic, like everyone else. The traffic problem is in the area of Middlesound Loop Rd, Military Cutoff and Gordon Rd. in Ogden.

“We don’t want any more developement around here” Sez Bobby Brown. Really Bobby? So once the country club, the golf courses and the “path” to Figure Eight are in place, it’s time to “stop the development”, right? I don’t think all of the country clubbers and the Figure Eighters will pull out their billfolds to support your “NIMBY” cause.

Just to let you know, I’m not a walmart fan and avoid the place at all opportunity, but can’t help but laugh at those that seem to think they own the county because they live in an “exclusive” neighborhood setting.

Anne Lorenz
2015 years 9 months ago

Please email me and let me know what I can do to stop Wal Mart going into Porters Neck area. We do not need any more traffic on Market Street. I fought the other one and will do what is needed to fight this one.

PortersNeck Resident
2015 years 9 months ago

I hope the powers that be see the majority of the posts concerning this issue conclude that residents such as myself, do not want a Walmart in our area! If we did, I am sure you would see more people excited about the prospect of Walmart moving in. Do your job and back the people up! Keep Walmart out of Porter’s Neck!!

Guest CommonTater
2015 years 9 months ago

Do you really thing the amount of posts on this site is something to go by? Honestly most times it’s a majority of whiners that do NOT represent the whole. Come on… get real!

Posts…. LMAO!!

Guest Star
2015 years 9 months ago

Although there are three Walmarts already in the area, Wertz says a fourth will have a positive economic impact.

“When you can bring a project to the community that has 300 jobs, that’s a very worthwhile undertaking,” Wertz said.


This is nonsense. No one is going to start buying more stuff just because Wal-Mart is closer. They’ll be buying stuff at Wal-Mart that they used to get elsewhere, leading to other businesses to cut back their staffing or fail, leading to no real net gain in jobs community-wide. Wal-Mart is also notorious for low wages and bad labor practices, so the jobs that would be getting shifted to them aren’t exactly desirable, but rather the refuge of the desperate.

2015 years 9 months ago

I bet if the land was Bobby Brown that Walmart wanted to build on he would be all for it.


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