Cordova residents speak out against proposed Wal-Mart - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Andrew Douglas

Cordova residents speak out against proposed Wal-Mart

Residents of a Shelby County suburb rallied Tuesday night to keep a big box store out of their community.

Exercising their rights with posters and a petition, residents like Patricia Sabater attended a meeting of citizens against a proposed Wal-Mart near Macon Road and Houston Levy.

"I think it will destroy the neighborhood," Sabater said.

And she was not alone.  Dozens of her neighbors attended the meeting.

"You have two lane roads in all directions, and they are going to put a Supercenter in this location?" asked Jimmy Reed of the Grays Creek Association.

Others expressed concern about increased traffic at nearby elementary schools, and the proposed location's close proximity to existing Wal-Mart stores on Germantown Road and on Highway 64.

Frank Colvett sits on the land use control board that approved zoning for the new store.

"Wal-Mart is spending over two million of their own money to improve the intersection," he said.

Those improvements include widening the intersection, as well as a new look, featuring brick and earth tones.

"I think they've bent over backwards," he said.

But neighbors weren't convinced, and wanted the big box retail seek a new location elsewhere.

The proposed store must still be approved by the Shelby County Commission and the Memphis City Council before it can be built.  Citizens at Tuesday's meeting said they were ready to go the distance with their fight.


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