I am under the impression that this area was zoned commercial/retail to accommodate stores and shoppers. We cannot put in "anti-WalMart" zoning just because we may dislike the place.
If they conform to all laws and codes and address traffic to satisfy DOT then just who the hell are we to say "NO" to WalMart? That's discriminatory at the highest level.
WalMart sees an opportunity, the developer see's a good client.
If you hate WalMart get involved - but don'tbe surprised if your hatred of WalMart prevents Harris Teeter, Lowes, and other "friendlier" retailers from being able to go there as well.
This is a great idea. It will reduce traffic in the City from the people that live north of the city. It is fine for them to drive to the city to shop, but not OK for people to drive to their area to shop.
That is an excellent point. This type of development will reduce some of the traffice in the areas around midtown etc.
I shop WalMart. Do I like going there? Hardly. Their prices are by far MUCH better than Harris Teeter and Food lion and Lowes foods on CERTAIN items. I will not buy meats there nor fruits and vegetables, because quite frankly their supply chain "magnificance" fails miserably when it comes to perishable foods. They have improved mind you, but I still have reservations.
ANYONE who says "Oh I NEVER shop at WalMart" is probably lying. They're the same people that say "OH I don't eat fast food".
WalMart is good at many things but one thing they excel at is shopping demographics. They know where a store WILL work and where they don't. Very few WalMart stores fail because they do their homework.
If they are putting one in Porter's Neck? Don't kid yourself - they know they'll get shoppers.
All I can say is thank goodness they'll be taking some traffic OFF Market Street.......
I think it would make more sense to build one near the Lowe's Home Improvement Store near Hwy 17 & Hwy. 210 Hampstead, Surf City Area.
There is one on the north end of Wilmington and on the south end of Jacksonville. Put one near 17 & 210 would split the difference.
Atlanta was named a Redneck town - one of the criteria that earned them the title ... 5 WalMarts...guess Wilmington a fraction the size of Atlanta must be a Hick Town with 4 WalMarts (including Brunswick)
walmart being a mere 5 miles down the road will be giving competition only to food lion and harris teeter.if you need another product, is it really that long a drive to the one 5 miles away? the folks who will benefit from this location are mostly living in hampstead and points further north. how is it that we in northern new hanover county must be used by walmart for their greed? the dot, knowing that a large apartment complex is going up one tenth of a mile away using the marsh oaks traffic light, and in their long range plans a bypass from military rd. to market st &bayshore area would give the ok to a plan that will put another traffic light at sweetwater and market st. the neighborhood most affected by this will be the people living in mendenhall, since 15 acres of this property is being requested to be rezoned from residential to b2. so how about it walmart, where is there a place that really needs you? in hampstead, or how about downtown? and as far as the dot goes, well i guess they just don't care about the safety of the people using this corridor.
Unless you moved to Porters Neck 20 years ago you knew development was coming to this area. The commercial development actually increased the value of your house for many years. Maybe you think your area is to good for a Walmart?? Hmmmmm.. you weren't complaining when Lowes, Harris Teeter etc. moved to the area were you? I will conceed that you do make a valid point about the Walmart serving people in Hampstead etc.... but this is just life.. and you don't always get it your way... so go with flow and embrace your soon to be neighbor... and all those pretty folks that come with it.... :)
This area is already saturated in traffic. Half the people who live up won't shop there. Not a need up there. Purely development for the sake of the developer. Another unwanted commercial development in my backyard, killing the value of my home, the quality of life, and an increase in crime. Thanks Walmart and NHC zoning. You stink!
Traffic, traffic, traffic!!! Quality of life will deteriorate. No need for one here! If we want to go to WalMart....we will go. There is one 3 miles down the road!!
100% Agreed. Why do they keep building places that decrease the value of the homes in the area? Enough apartments and Walmarts.
Do the homeowners in the Porters Neck area REALLY think the county or the city, for that matter, gives a flying hang about you? Haven't you seen enough approvals for this and that to be built with everyone yelling no at the top of their lungs? Have you actually not figured out what's going on here? My Lord, I'm no rocket scientist and I see the political favors flying left and right. I have to go to Porters Neck several times a week and I refuse to go up there on Friday. I do feel sorry for the people who live there. At one time it was a great place to live and enjoy a quieter life but not anymore. There is still so much land around PN that I doubt this Walmart is the last thing they sneak in.