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Walmart at Yale & I-10: For or Against   160 members have voted

  1. 1. Q1: Regarding the proposed WalMart at Yale and I-10:

    • I live within a 3 mile radius (as the crow flies) and am FOR this Walmart
      41
    • I live within a 3 mile radius (as the crow flies) and am AGAINST this Walmart
      54
    • I live outside a 3 mile radius (as the crow flies) and am FOR this Walmart
      30
    • I live outside a 3 mile radius (as the crow flies) and am AGAINST this Walmart
      26
    • Undecided
      9
  2. 2. Q2: If/when this proposed WalMart is built at Yale & I-10

    • I am FOR this WalMart and will shop at this WalMart
      45
    • I am FOR this WalMart but will not shop at this WalMart
      23
    • I am AGAINST this WalMart but will shop at this WalMart
      7
    • I am AGAINST this WalMart and will not shop at this WalMart
      72
    • Undecided
      13
  3. 3. Q3: WalMart in general

    • I am Pro-Walmart
      16
    • I am Anti-Walmart
      63
    • I don't care either way
      72
    • Undecided
      9

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Was Wal-Mart approached by the owner of the property on Yale between I-10 and Washington to buy the land? This is the same property H-E-B was looking at to build a new store along the lines of the one on Bunker Hill. Is the deal done with Wal-Mart? I've heard yes. What does this mean to the likes of our Heights Mom and Pops? What will that do to the traffic patterns on Yale and Washington? Google "Wal Mart parking lot crime" and let us know our thoughts!

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Was Wal-Mart approached by the owner of the property on Yale between I-10 and Washington to buy the land? This is the same property H-E-B was looking at to build a new store along the lines of the one on Bunker Hill. Is the deal done with Wal-Mart? I've heard yes. What does this mean to the likes of our Heights Mom and Pops? What will that do to the traffic patterns on Yale and Washington? Google "Wal Mart parking lot crime" and let us know our thoughts!

That made me throw up in my mouth a little

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Was Wal-Mart approached by the owner of the property on Yale between I-10 and Washington to buy the land? This is the same property H-E-B was looking at to build a new store along the lines of the one on Bunker Hill. Is the deal done with Wal-Mart? I've heard yes. What does this mean to the likes of our Heights Mom and Pops? What will that do to the traffic patterns on Yale and Washington? Google "Wal Mart parking lot crime" and let us know our thoughts!

I certainly hope that the rumor is true. It'd be an enormous convenience for low-income families living in the inner loop. But I doubt it.

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Oh I hope this does not happen. What a sad day indeed if this is the case. Wal-Mart killing the beauty of the mom-and-pop feel of the Heights with their corporate greed and ugliness.

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No.

Yes, it's gross. That said, the pork chops I bought at Walmart on the way home from work tonight were delicious. (The chorizo pizza will have to wait till the weekend. I don't want to subject my coworkers to the next day madness.)

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Oh I hope this does not happen. What a sad day indeed if this is the case. Wal-Mart killing the beauty of the mom-and-pop feel of the Heights with their corporate greed and ugliness.

Perfect! A central wal-mart not in my neighborhood is exactly what I've been hoping for....j/k. Well, sort of

But seriously, it does seem like a pretty good place for one, and it's not like it's smack dab in the middle of the Heights. I also don't see how this would kill the mom-and-pops when Target hasn't

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Perfect! A central wal-mart not in my neighborhood is exactly what I've been hoping for....j/k. Well, sort of

But seriously, it does seem like a pretty good place for one, and it's not like it's smack dab in the middle of the Heights. I also don't see how this would kill the mom-and-pops when Target hasn't

Well, most likely, if it's going on a lot sized for an HEB similar to the one on Buffalo Speedway, this lot will only be able to contain one of Walmart's high-end grocery concept stores. I doubt it'll bring in all the riff-raff associated with normal Walmarts.

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Perfect! A central wal-mart not in my neighborhood is exactly what I've been hoping for....j/k. Well, sort of

But seriously, it does seem like a pretty good place for one, and it's not like it's smack dab in the middle of the Heights. I also don't see how this would kill the mom-and-pops when Target hasn't

I do think this is a pretty good point. I mean people who are going to shop our local stores are going to shop them regardless of what big box discounter opens near by. Walmart did ruin/close most small businesses in my hometown but that is because it's a small, low income community that doesn't realize more money filters in to your own economy when you buy local.

I don't dislike the idea of Walmart simply for it's potential effects on small business. I dislike them because they pay poorly, are well known for discriminatory (gender and race) practices, send money and manufacturing jobs to China, don't pay their employees enough to pay for their corporate health care plan and often refuse to hire people above 30 hours a week so they can't even qualify for that plan, plus other business practices that I feel harm American workers and companies trying to stay competitive while keeping as much work as they can made in the US.

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For a while there, Northline Commons was supposed to be getting a WalMart. Wonder if thats still the case. If so, this spot wouldn't make any sense at all.

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Well, most likely, if it's going on a lot sized for an HEB similar to the one on Buffalo Speedway, this lot will only be able to contain one of Walmart's high-end grocery concept stores. I doubt it'll bring in all the riff-raff associated with normal Walmarts.

are you saying all the people from www.peopleofwalmart.com are hiding at home?....just waiting for a walmart to be built near them so they can display all of their gloriousness?

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See page 2 of this document

Granted the dates are wrong, but it does suggest a lease has been signed....

Perhaps, perhaps not. Notice the faded orange capital letters that read "NOT A |...". I'm almost positive that the last word is "PART". Which is to say, not only is the date wrong; it's a different property. We must be weary of broker flyers and gossip from authoritative sources.

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Having shopped at Walmart and recently at Ikea, I can safely say there is no difference in clientele. In fact, the Walmart that I stopped at in the Woodlands had far better clientele. Besides, now, that the City is sneaking an historic district in on me without letting me vote on it, and forcing me to hire an architect ever time I work on my house, I'll need the low prices that Walmart promises. I can't wait for them to start.

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Was Wal-Mart approached by the owner of the property on Yale between I-10 and Washington to buy the land? This is the same property H-E-B was looking at to build a new store along the lines of the one on Bunker Hill. Is the deal done with Wal-Mart? I've heard yes. What does this mean to the likes of our Heights Mom and Pops? What will that do to the traffic patterns on Yale and Washington? Google "Wal Mart parking lot crime" and let us know our thoughts!

Oh no, an empty area near some railroad tracks might turn into a Wal-Mart! Why is this bad? The same people who live around here will shop around here. If you don't like the people you live around, you might be in danger of seeing them at Wal-Mart. As for parking lot crime, that is much more about location than anything else so it would happen whether you put an HEB there or Wal-Mart.

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Was Wal-Mart approached by the owner of the property on Yale between I-10 and Washington to buy the land? This is the same property H-E-B was looking at to build a new store along the lines of the one on Bunker Hill. Is the deal done with Wal-Mart? I've heard yes. What does this mean to the likes of our Heights Mom and Pops? What will that do to the traffic patterns on Yale and Washington? Google "Wal Mart parking lot crime" and let us know our thoughts!

If this is true, I would have to guess that it won't be a regular "blue-label" Wal-Mart store. WM has been testing neighborhood grocery stores in Arizona named "Marketside". It's a little swankier than WM Neighborhood Market (like the one off of Hillcroft in Westbury).

This Marketside concept actually sounds exactly like what Heights residents have been wanting.

I would agree that lot is not nearly large enough for a typical WM big box store.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marketside

Supposedly they put their Marketside concepts on hold during the recession in 2009, but who knows, things may have changed since then.

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I don't think there is enough square footage at this location for a Wal-Mart parking lot; much less the Wal-Mart. Anyone know?

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I don't think there is enough square footage at this location for a Wal-Mart parking lot; much less the Wal-Mart. Anyone know?

The typical suburban Wal-Mart Supercenter requires 20 to 25 acres for the store, parking, drainage and stormwater retention, landscaping, and loading docks. That's part of why I'm skeptical about this rumor, is that inner loop real estate is just too fragmented and expensive to accommodate that kind of footprint for a store that caters to the lower end of the market.

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The typical suburban Wal-Mart Supercenter requires 20 to 25 acres for the store, parking, drainage and stormwater retention, landscaping, and loading docks. That's part of why I'm skeptical about this rumor, is that inner loop real estate is just too fragmented and expensive to accommodate that kind of footprint for a store that caters to the lower end of the market.

Maybe they could do it like the Wal-mart and Sam's Club in downtown Honolulu -- Full-sized Wal-mart on the first floor, Full-sized Sam's club on the 2nd floor and an attached parking garage about 3 floors as I recall. I think the whole thing would fit on that lot.

Yes, from Google Earth measurements, the lot for the Honolulu Super Walmart / Sams Club is about 860ft x 820ft and the lot on Yale is about 900ft x 1000ft (if we're talking about the one where the old steel/iron works was on the west side of Yale).

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That would help explain the urgency in which the unneccessary I-10 exits are being built. Wal-Mart almost always has some government assistance when they build a store.

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Ooh maybe it'll be 5 stories high too! LOL.

I kind of have a hard time believing this... if Starbucks had so much trouble coming into the area (and had to settle for the 610 feeder location), you'd think Walmart would too. You'd hope, at least.

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Maybe they could do it like the Wal-mart and Sam's Club in downtown Honolulu -- Full-sized Wal-mart on the first floor, Full-sized Sam's club on the 2nd floor and an attached parking garage about 3 floors as I recall. I think the whole thing would fit on that lot.

Yes, from Google Earth measurements, the lot for the Honolulu Super Walmart / Sams Club is about 860ft x 820ft and the lot on Yale is about 900ft x 1000ft (if we're talking about the one where the old steel/iron works was on the west side of Yale).

I can assure you, the Heights is not in any way shape or form comparable to Honolulu. That's not what we're getting.

If the parcel is about 21 acres, then they could squeeze a typical Supercenter onto it. It's physically feasible, and no doubt they'd be interested in at least evaluating the opportunity. Wal-Mart is in a very strong cash position, and this would be a good time for them to be acquiring and developing irreplaceable infill sites in core markets.

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Maybe it's just going to be one of their Neighborhood Markets like they have around town.  Honestly I don't know how you people in the Heights have survived this long without a Walmart. 

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Honestly I don't know how you people in the Heights have survived this long without a Walmart.

Quite nicely, thank you :rolleyes:

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