Proposed Walmart grocery divides Hope Mills
Posted July 28, 2014
Hope Mills, N.C. — People in Hope Mills are divided over whether to allow Walmart to open a grocery store in town.
The Zoning Board met Monday afternoon to hear from the public on a possible rezoning of a site at the intersection of Legion and Elk roads near South View schools. A decision isn't expected for several weeks.
Opponents said they are concerned about traffic congestion, crime and property values, while supporters say a 41,000-square-foot Walmart Neighborhood Store would create jobs and bring the town additional tax revenue.
"It's going to be a really well-stocked and well-serviceable grocery store with a gas component and about 12,000 square feet of retail space for merchants to partner up in the shopping center with Walmart," said Macon Thomason, a real estate agent in Hope Mills.
"We're trying to get our lake back. We want things to look good. I just don't feel like, with the schools there, the congestion it would cause and ... there's a lot of people against it," resident Mike Waring said.