PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) – Residents living in the town of Burgaw met Thursday evening to talk about a new Walmart shopping center.
Those who attended the public meeting were split. Some say the new shopping center will bring revenue and traffic to their small community, while others say it will hurt the town.
“I think those people who are trying to keep the Walmart out are just plain selfish,” said Johnny Stringfield, Burgaw Resident.
Stringfield was just one of the many residents that came to voice their concerns about the new proposed Walmart store.
“I am for the Walmart, because it will bring jobs. People are suffering right now,” said Stringfield.
According to town officials the proposed location is inside the city limits on Highway 53.
A location that is too close for some residents.
“I chose to live here and I don’t like the corporate culture of Walmart,” said Ross Harrell, Burgaw Resident.
Harrell is a local businessman who says he is worried about what the new store will do to his business.
“I think it will be detrimental for downtown Burgaw and the overall texture of life,” said Harrell.
However, residents like Stringfield say building the new mega store in their community will be something positive.
“It will generate more traffic, industry and will bring revenue to Burgaw,” said Stringfield.
The planning board will continue to complete a technical review before making their final decision.