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Should Walmart become a Supercenter?

Powegians get candid with Patch on their thoughts.

Walmart’s proposed plan to expand their into a Supercenter, which would include the addition of a meat department, fresh produce, deli and bakery, has raised questions from community members on the environmental and economical impact the additional 40,000 square feet of sprawl would have on the city.

Since the City Council has tentatively scheduled a public hearing for Aug. 23 to discuss these concerns, we hit the streets to find out how Powegians feel about the proposed expansion. 

Healthy competition, lower grocery prices, convenient shopping all in one place and the creation of more jobs were the common responses from those in favor of the idea.

On the other hand, those against the expansion feared it would put smaller shops out of business and create excess traffic and noise.

Click and watch what your neighbors had to say and then tell us how you feel about Poway’s Walmart becoming a Supercenter in the comments below.

Tom Yarnall August 16, 2011 at 06:43 PM
continued--- Let me be clear. I support the Wal-Mart Expansion because I believe free trade and open markets bring competition resulting in better products, more choices and lower prices leading to a better life for all. I think a bit more traffic or noise is a small price to pay and firmly believe those most impacted would approve the project. I, also think that a large number of those who oppose the expansion are just Wal-Mart haters and this hate overwhelms their compassion for the lower income folks that make up a very large part of Wal-Mart shoppers. It's kind of like the hate you have for City Hall, Your not sure why but it's there. By the way, I seldom shop at Wal-Mart and if I do it's for convenience when I need to buy a single item like fishing worms or fishing supplies.You probably buy your stuff at Target, a junior Wal-Mart. God Bless Grandmother.
Nick Stavros August 16, 2011 at 07:43 PM
I have no problem with Walmart, just where it is and who pays for the required infrastructure improvements required to handle the increase in traffic. If Walmart wants to expand, let them pay for the improvements or move to an area where the improvements have already been made. We already do this for housing. Each development must mitigate the cost of the development. So, lets do it to Walmart, Target, etc. That is free enterprise. If Walmart can't make it happen within those cost constraints, than so be it. If they can, great, let them go ahead an do it BUT they must mitigate all the environmental impacts. Pretending that Poway Road will not be impacted is crazy, however, if it gets too bad, Walmart will be loser since less people will want to come along it to go to Walmart. However, Twin Peaks Rd is already near collapse, especially during commute times, so it will most likely need to be widened, and once we have killed the requisite number of people at the intersections along Community Road and/or Twin Peaks, then we will add the lights to those intersections too (at our expense). This will also put more pressure on Espola Road also so, our City Planners can get their dream to finish making Espola a 6-lane high speed traffic corridor. The purpose of the City is first and foremost to protect its citizens both from a safety perspective and from an economic perspective. No one decides not to move to a City because they don't have a supercenter
Tom Yarnall August 16, 2011 at 08:07 PM
Twin Peaks is about to collapse!! Nick, I think you have been living in the country too long. Go into the city and see what real traffic is like. I admit I may be wrong about all of this and don't know anyone who agrees with me. You may be 100% correct, but it will be interesting for me to see how well you and your followers do in the next election. If we have grid lock you will probably be a shoo in.
Tom Yarnall August 16, 2011 at 08:14 PM
Nick, once again, you may have the last word.
Nick Stavros August 16, 2011 at 08:48 PM
I think the disturbing thing to me about your argument is ... lets do it and if we have problems, then lets go from there. Meanwhile, the cause of the problem gets away without paying their fair share. What I know is what we have. What I want is for it to stay the same or get better. What I don't want is to fail so that I can pay to fix it latter. The Walmart expansion is a piecemeal approach to City Planning. We already have a great plan, lets stick to it. There is a place for supercenters, why should Walmart not follow the plan? Lets not compromise the quality of life of the residents on an experiment that if it fails we have to pay to fix. Why accept the risk? Property values are tied directly to quality of life of the residents. If the quality of life goes down, the property values go down ... pretty straight forward. No one decides to move to a City based on if there is a Walmart. They don't decide to move to a City because its congested or at gridlock. They do decide to move to a City based on quality of life issues like police, fire, schools, medical care, parks, lack of noise and congestion, etc, etc, etc. So, as for love affair with Walmart supersizing and the defense of its right to compromise my quality of life as free enterprise, I just don't get it! What about my right for free enterprise, the value of my home!

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