Walmart shopping center proposal approved by planning board

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Submitted: Fri, 07/12/2013 - 3:28am
Updated: Fri, 07/12/2013 - 4:15am

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The New Hanover County Planning Board voted unanimously Thursday to move forward with a proposed shopping center in the Porters Neck area.

After nearly four months of heated discussions and a petition signed by nearby residents against the project, the proposed Walmart Supercenter is one step closer to becoming a reality.

“We are a residential community that still has to deal with a Walmart in our backyard,” said Cathy Clausen.

Clausen was just one of the many residents that showed up to voice their concerns about the new proposed shopping center.

“All that noise while we are sleeping is going to be a big issue for the neighborhood,” said Clausen.

Thursday evening the board approved the proposed 250,000-swuare-foot shopping center will be located in the 8100 block of Market Street.

“Eventually there would be a development placed there. It could have been something a lot worse. Hopefully we are going to be good neighbors to them and they will be good neighbors to us,” said Donald Caison.

Caison is not only a nearby resident, but was the original developer of Country Haven neighborhood.

Even though many of the neighborhood residents are not pleased with their potential new neighbors, the project’s developer says this new shopping center will be great for the community.

“I think we are consistent of what the county is asking for and what the residents are asking for. There are always going to be some folks that are unhappy with it and we are not going to be able to change that,” said David Horner.

Horner is a developer with Paramount Development Corporation of Myrtle Beach.

As part of their decision the planning board recommended that the developer build a sound barrier at the back of the proposed shopping center.

Now the board’s recommendation will go before the New Hanover County Commissioners.

If approved, Paramount hopes to begin construction on October.


  • Guest2020 says:

    I hope that Guestomgf wasn’t at Mayfair last Wednesday. Two members of this Wal-mart-shopping family was hanging out there while I worked. I hope they didn’t rub there trashiness on any arrogant, snooty people out there.

  • Guest2020 says:

    Let me know where you shop so that I can shop with the trash.

  • Tracie C says:

    Yay! I KNEW you’d be here! You, Guestomgf, a legend in your own mind! I’m giving you an ovation right now.
    Now I’m going to try to figure out why it is any of us should give a damn where you shop or when? Why is it important to ANYONE you can “afford a few more cents”? Why are you not living in a hole in the ground to stay away from the rest of humanity that is so far beneath you?
    You shop at Mayfaire, don’t you? I really hope you call ahead to make sure none of the “trash” is in the shopping center! And PLEASE, for the love of all that is “self entitled”, tell me we’ll NEVER see you in a Food Lion!
    I’ll be the “trash” that goes to Wal Mart. Make all the comments you like. Direct them this way, please do; however, don’t kid yourself that what you say makes any difference. You mean nothing to the lives of the people you so quickly judge. Go to church on Sunday like a good girl and let “god” know you’ve got that judgement thing under control. Although, you’re not very good at it.

  • Vog46 says:

    I shop at WalMart too. I’m not embarrassed by saving money.
    Heck, I even got a WalMart credit card so I could take advantage of the $0.15 per gallons saving on gasoline (until July 7).
    Gas up the cars and just before the billing cycle ended I’d pay the balance online. I keep a $0 balance on the damned thing (as I do my other 2 credit cards).
    Now that they stopped the $0.15 they only give a $0.05 gallon savings to credit card holders so I keep an eye out on gas prices city wide but still, $0.05 gallon? That might make me not want to drive to fill up only to save a penny per gallon – and if I’m there anyway for groceries?
    WalMart – Schmallmart – I don’t give a hoot what people think of me shopping there either. I laugh all the way to the bank……..


  • ron says:

    Thank you. I applaud your comment Tracie C. We all know that the high society fluties will be there for there great value products as one of us.

  • ron says:

    Dont fool us with your plastic self. Ten years really first i don’t believe that. Is Walmart that bad that you would deny being there. Nothing like a ten cent millionaire with wine taste and a beer budget. May i say REST IN DEBT my friend. As us trash will be saving our Pennies as we Shop at Walmart.

  • RSmith says:

    Everyone agreed that the proposed Walmart in Ogden was a bad idea because the infrastructure couldn’t handle the extra traffic. BUT, moving it a mere mile and a half north is going to be just fine.

    Am I missing something?

  • dean bailey says:

    what you missed was the money under the table, why do you think what happen.

  • Guest 4253 says:

    The “golden people” of Porter’s Neck are pretty sure that all of those Wal-Mart trash people won’t be driving that extra three miles north and back because they can’t afford the gas. Problem solved.

    Ah yes, the golden utopia of Porter’s Neck will once again be protected from the proletariat. Porter’s Neck, where all the men are handsome and virtuous and where all the women are comely and bake apple pie.

  • dean bailey says:

    why do you think they voted for it, check out where the money going too.

  • ron says:

    Now everyone knows that the ones whom voted against it will shop at this Walmart in porters neck once its opened. such hypocrites. Think about this every time you walk thru the doors!!!

  • Guestomfg says:

    Obviously you shop there. I haven’t shopped there in 10 years. I don’t need to as I can afford better quality items and a few more cents on the items they have that every other shop in town has. Enjoy shopping with the trash.

  • Guest2020 says:

    It’s not surprising that the local municipality ruled in favor of the developer.

  • Guest1851658 says:

    I assure you that everyone within a 10 mile raduis, including all those who are against it and the ones trashing those who shop there, will be customers as soon as the doors open.

  • SnatchHammer says:

    Did you really think corporate sponsored politicians wouldn’t approve what ever their corporate masters told them to approve? Wake up folks our system is broken!

  • dean bailey says:

    if you only know how walmart at market st treats the employes .

  • Guest888 says:

    How ignorant and and uneducated are you?

  • Guest 4253 says:

    My post was a sarcastic response to the Porter’s Neck posters calling everyone who shops in Wal-Mart “Trash”. As in: “We don’t want any of that trash around here!”

    If you sometimes shop at Wal-Mart, as I do, the offense wasn’t intended towards you.

    If you’re one of those “special elite” who’ve been telling the rest of us how much better than everyone else you are, too bad for you.

    The porter’s neck stuff was a paraphrase of something Garrison Keillor wrote about a fictional town called Lake Wobegon “where all the women are strong, all the men are good-looking, and all the children are above average.”

    So to answer your question …. I’m probably of above average intelligence and satisfactorily educated. Hope that helps to answer your question. (Unless of course, the question was merely rhetorical. Was it?)

  • notfernothing says:

    First of off he was poking some fun at them uppity types who was calling others folks to be trash. That weren’t ignorant but that was smart.

    Then second of all, he used them words “proletariat” an “virtuous”. Don’t know what that first one is but that second word they use for them real good music players, like “he’s a virtuous on a violin”. Them kind a words you only get if you has had some great schooling in education!

  • Toni says:

    I live in the Porters Neck area and I think it is a great idea. Driving all the way to college road area has become a hassle and 9 times out of 10 they are out of the product you are looking for due to the volume of customers they get. I vote yes, yes, yes!

  • RSimmons says:

    Anything that keeps some of those Swamp-billies out of Wilmy is good with me , Maybe there should be a ring of them around the city to keep the pests out.

  • Guest7969 says:

    To here some of these Porters Neckers…you’d think they live in Landfall or something…LOL. Here’s some insight for your simple minds…The Walmart in PN will only be used by PN and its surrounding neighborhoods. People aren’t going to drive past the one on Sigmon to go to PN to shop.

  • Guest2234 says:

    Not all wal marts have to be ugly. Traffic will increase but with proper planning this can be helped. Maybe less traffic will be going south on 17. Just trying to think positive.

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