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Wal-Mart Calls Off Plans for Southeast Raleigh Supercenter

Posted January 15, 2008
Updated January 16, 2008

— Wal-Mart has decided not to build a Supercenter in southeast Raleigh.

The news came as a big disappointment to people hungry for an economic boost in the area. Compared with exploding growth in other parts of the city, southeast Raleigh has seen little.

"Southeast Raleigh is being left out in the wilderness, so to speak," said resident Dwight Spencer.

Wal-Mart bought 25 acres of land on the corner of Sunnybrook and Rock Quarry roads with plans to build a new store that would employ 400 people.

"We were looking at Wal-Mart as a hope," Spencer said.

"We bought the land and were intending to build,” Wal-Mart spokesperson Tara Stewart said.

After two years of planning, however, Wal-Mart called off the deal. The retailer said it was due to financial cutbacks.

"I am very disappointed. I am very let down," Spencer said.

"It was Wal-Mart. We want to reiterate that southeast Raleigh is a good place to do business," Stewart said.

Wal-Mart is making some rollbacks. The company planned to open 270 new stores nationwide this year. To strengthen sales and better their existing locations, Wal-Mart decided to cut back to 140 new stores. The southeast Raleigh location did not make the list.

A Wal-Mart spokesperson said the retail chain plans to keep the 25 acres and could build there later.

"I guess it killed the spirit to some degree, but we will come back," said Raleigh Council Member James West, who represents the area.

Wal-Mart plans to help disappointed residents in the area by offering programs like job-fairs for employment at its other locations.


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  • iamforjustice Jan 17, 2008

    SE Raleigh is cool and if Wal-Mart doesn't want to come then I am glad. Wal-Mart is not the greatest thing to hit earth. SE Raleigh is a great place to live and has some very good people. The people there need to pool their own money together and get their own business besides waiting for someone to come in and open shop and start hiring them. Heck no...become entrepreneurs.

  • nursevb8 Jan 16, 2008

    I shop at Super Wal Marts. There foods are alot cheaper than most grocery stores. I would rather travel a few miles further to Wake Forest than shop at the New Bern store. I have complained before but nothing is done. This store is dirty, poorly stocked, the registers are closed and many employees act as if they are doing you a favor (this has been my experience). I have been there before when the parking lot looks as if there was a huge party in it. Unless a SE Raleigh store would look any better, no need to open another so close by.Sorry that it offered many jobs, but who would want to shop there?

  • Rolling Along Jan 16, 2008

    I haven't set foot in a Walmart in over 2 years...and don't plan to start anytime soon.

  • Tired of your excuses Jan 16, 2008

    I don't shop at Wal-Phart at all - thank goodness! I'd rather spend more money and take my business elsewhere.

  • craziecrafter Jan 16, 2008

    This is definetly a big blow for SE Raleigh. They have been trying for years to revitalize that area. I'm sorry it didn't work out for them.
    I shop at the Super Walmart in Clayton once in awhile. I live closer to the one in Garner off of 401 but it's too nasty so I drive out of my way. We are getting a new Walmart Super Center in Garner and I hope it's not the same management.

  • claudnc Jan 16, 2008

    pikemom - I would fall for some of that but I know so many folks who are skilled workers w/ degree(S) and still not making real money - unless you call 40,000-50,000 a decent salary.

  • claudnc Jan 16, 2008

    bahville - you have never tasted my cooking. If they were Wolfgang's pots it still wouldnt taste right. But I am very pleased with my purchase... I feel like I need to be on the food network.. Sorry I have nothing bad to say about Wallyworld. The one on 64 is a different experience but I could shop there if I had too. Oh also purchased some Sean John cologne as a christmas present. Compare the prices for P-diddy's cologne at one of the dept stores - it was a whole 16 dollars cheaper and it was still 40 dollars. With the 16 dollar discount and using a gift card - i left feeling like I was doing something wrong.

  • gopanthers Jan 16, 2008

    I don't do Target. I feel like I'm shopping in an institution there. So perfect and clean everything in place. Floors are all shiney and everything is red including their cute little red uniforms and baskets. Not knocking Target but it just makes me feel like I should be asking for permission to move around in their store. I must admist their plastic bags are much better then Wal-Marts however. Nice and thick and great for storing things.

  • webhype Jan 16, 2008

    How has this happened over the last 8 years that the common man thinks Wal-Mart is great because of their low prices? Being obsessed with the lowest price (for example $29 DVD players) is in the long term not good for America. See how Wal-Mart is the main culprit in forcing their suppliers to provide them with the lowest price, essentially telling how to go about it by moving and setting up manufacturing to China (how about some lead ?). This is why the working man no longer has a job at the local factory, Wal-Mart the giant that they are encouraged their company to close shop and move to China. It is a sad state of affairs when the common man thinks Unions are a bad thing and that huge corporations are looking out for their workers. Wake up !! the only ones that have truly benefited from these changes are the country club set and those CEOs taking home $100 million salaries while sending jobs overseas just to be “competitive in a global marketplace”.

  • caniacfan Jan 16, 2008

    You can't beat the prices in Wal-Mart so I shop there for my wallet when I have a lot to buy. I don't mind doing Target for those 2-3 item purchases. I'm sure the possiblilty of theft (shoplifting, not employees) had to play a large part in their decision not to build. I know for an absolute fact that the theft at the Hwy 64 store is far and way worse than any of their other area stores. I personally feel they took that into account when looking at the demographics of the SE Raleigh area and theorized as to what the theft would be like at that store.