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Wal-Mart to Anchor Mixed-Use Project Near Mall

Posted November 6, 2007

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— A proposed Wal-Mart Supercenter in northeast Raleigh is meeting with little opposition from nearby neighbors, and city officials said more residential development is planned near the retailer.

The City Council is expected to vote on the site plan for the Wal-Mart discount and grocery store at its Wednesday meeting. The Raleigh Planning Commission and city planners have recommended approving the plan.

The 210,142-square-foot store is proposed for a 27-acre site at the northeast corner of Old Wake Forest Road and Triangle Town Boulevard. It would be directly north of Poyner Place, a shopping center that includes Super Target, and would be across the intersection from the Triangle Town Center mall.

"It's a significant retail contribution for jobs and for our concept plan," Raleigh Planning Director Mitchell Silver said.

Medium-density residential development is planned next to the Wal-Mart site to give the project a mixed-use feel similar to Brier Creek in northwest Raleigh, Silver said. But he noted that more emphasis would be placed on allowing residents to walk to nearby stores.

"What we hear, comparing it to Brier Creek, is that there is residential, but it's not exactly walkable. You still have to drive from the residential to the commercial," he said. "Our desire, moving into the future, is to have the residential close by the retail, but have it more walkable."

An existing neighborhood is located off Old Wake Forest and Fox roads, behind Poyner Place, and some residents there said they would welcome having a Wal-Mart nearby.

"Sure it can work," resident Terry Thayer said. "People want to live around shopping (and) conveniences."

"A lot of our residents walk (to nearby shopping)," resident Patti Montana-Bella said. "They push their baby carriages or they pull their shopping carts. They walk over there – bad weather, good weather."


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  • jkuwalik2 Nov 7, 2007

    melmika, What does "more cheaper" mean? I am not familiar with that term. Your grammar indicates that you may be from Mexico

  • Made In USA Nov 7, 2007

    Only can I imagine the wellness of our economy if every single item in all the Wal Marts were made in the USA. I beg all of you to help support your OWN paycheck by buying nothing but USA-made products, especially during the Christmas season. You might pay a little more, but you'll get it back in your paycheck in due time.

  • melmika Nov 7, 2007

    Wal Mart is popular because each store regulates the prices of their merchandise. If a grocery or electronic store has a certain item on sale then the local Wal Mart store will make that item more cheaper. Plus can anyone find a business where people from 16 to 90+ can be guaranteed a job.

    Although I agree with the early comment about the WalMart on New Bern Ave. At least the one in Smithfield got a complete makeover and redesigned inside.

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Nov 7, 2007

    "I read somewhere that they projected the population center of the Raleigh area to be at the intersection of Capital and 540 by 2050."

    In that case we need to hurry up and build the outer outer loop I-740 around Raleigh.

    Henderson, Oxford, Wilson, Rocky Mount, Hillsborough, Chapel Hill, Sanford, and Mebane will all be inside I-740.

  • spinnerdunn Nov 7, 2007

    If you oppose this Wal-mart, please do something about it. You can contact Planning Director, Mitchell J. Silver or City Planner J. Russell Allen. They vote tonight.

    Wal-mart is not good for any area. The Planning Director said he thinks it will be "a significant retail contribution for jobs." If you know anything about Wal-mart, you'll find that to be an outrageous statement.

  • DandyJenn Nov 7, 2007

    First it's a Starbucks on every corner, then it's CVS, now Wal-Mart is moving in everywhere.

    Although, they are being very smart about where to put it - right close to 540.

  • Is it Friday yet Nov 7, 2007

    I refuse to shop at Wal-Mart.

  • jkuwalik2 Nov 7, 2007

    Aren't there enough places for the illegals to shop. I don't go to Wal Mart anymore, since I don't speak the language anymore

  • Joshua Nov 7, 2007

    thank g-d this isn't going downtown!!

  • seeingthru Nov 7, 2007

    no no no n o no no mre superwalmart they are a plaque on this area