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Ruling Allowing Knightdale Wal-Mart Appealed

Posted May 30, 2007

— Knightdale residents opposing the construction of a Wal-Mart Supercenter have appealed a court order allowing construction of the discount store.

Superior Court Judge Henry Barnette ruled last month that Knightdale hadn't violated any state statutes in rezoning land for the project.

In their suit brought against the Town of Knightdale, members of Citizens Against Residential Encroachment, or CARE, said Councilman Mike Chalk had bid on and obtained a contract to do work on a property owned by one of the companies involved in the Wal-Mart project. But Chalk told the court he had no interest in contracting to do work on the project, and the court ruled he had no substantial financial interest involved.

The case is currently in the state Court of Appeals. The attorney for CARE has 30 days to prepare the basis for the appeal after which the town has 30 days to respond.


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  • rainy39 May 31, 2007

    Walmart pays more than Target and actually the employees are treated better at Walmart and that isnt saying alot.The reason I know is I worked for Walmart and am presently employeed (til tomorrow night) at Target. Who can feed a family or pay bills on 25hrs a week full time? To be honest I dont wish a Superwalmart in Knightdale. (I live there Knightdale/Wendell). The Walmart presently here is enough. That would mean more jobs but then again, Walmart is never fully staffed and if the present employees don't want to work overnights they may lose their jobs as it is. There are many factors to consider. If it isnt broken there is no need to fix it.

  • party pooper May 31, 2007

    There is a hardware store in Zebulon that I have been too and their prices are so high. I realize that it's a mom and pop store that has been there for years, but I can't afford to buy there. I can go to Lowes and get all the same stuff for half the price. I know that may be part of the problem, but still....

  • daMoFo May 30, 2007

    Why should Wal Mart have to find a new tenant? If they are leasing the building they can leave when the lease is up. If you want to move to a new house, should you be forced to find a new buyer before you are allowed to move out?

  • Silver loves Rebel Red puppies May 30, 2007

    I don't mean to be mean by saying this, but why would anyone buy property so close to Knightdale Blvd. that they can smell car exhaust from the front porch, and then complain about development along the main route through town? It would seem to me that those property owners want to be centrally located, near commerce centers, which they will be surrounded by within 5 years, like it or not. Why doesn't CARE take all that money they claiim to struggle to raise for legal expenses and buy adjacent properties for parks, or at least buffers? Or why not move out to the country, where there is less development? And once CARE gets their way, how much longer will they "care" about development in Knightdale? What a joke.

  • Hip-Shot May 30, 2007

    As nice as the prices at a Walmart or Target are, they have a tendency to run the smaller, local, mom-and-pops stores out of business because they simply can't compete. How many in an area is enough?

  • -info- May 30, 2007

    Goody another lawsuit with that CARE word(oxymoron) used to justify personal actions....Walmart is a business, everyone around Knightdale sold their land and family farms for profit(I am from this area) so they are reaping what they sowed.....Another strip mall world of shopping wonders....goody,goody

  • Rabid Wolf May 30, 2007

    Wal-Mart should be responsible to fill the existing building they are moving from or remove it. Just leaving it to become an dilapidated building is not good for any community.
    By the way, love the spell check in the add comment section . . . .

  • mbacpamom May 30, 2007

    It's not only Planter's Walk that will be affected so will the homeowners in Widewaters Village a new subdivision adjacent to Planter's Walk. Having the WalMart Supercenter there will affect property values in those neighborhoods. There is also a very nice Lowe's Foods on 64 and if the WalMart Supercenter opens right next to it the Lowes might be forced to close down. I'm completely against it b/c there is already one in Knightdale and a Supercenter not far from it. I prefer Target over WalMart any day.

  • Silver loves Rebel Red puppies May 30, 2007

    According to what I've read in our local eastern Wake paper, the intention is to close the small Walmart in Knightdale when the Super Walmart is opened. I live in Knightdale and I've enjoyed not having to drive to Raleigh to shop, eat out, etc. due to the new develpoment along Knightdale Blvd. The opponents to the Super Walmart live in Planter's Walk, Knightdale's wannabe Wakefield. Years ago when it was built, their neighbors were fields and pastures, but their subdivision is also along the main route into town, the obvious area for commercial development. Maybe someone should've thought of that years ago. They are not concerned with our town's growth, or what a nice place to live it is, only with their own needs and wants. Knightdale is growing up now, and most of us are enjoying the nice changes to our area. Sorry Planter's Walk.

  • daMoFo May 30, 2007

    If you havn't been in a Wal Mart in years, how do you know how they are?

    And if Wal Mart employees are treated so badly, why do they continue to work there? If there was a better place to work, don't you think the employees would leave Wal Mart and work somewhere else?