Wal-Mart Not Welcome in Waynesboro

By: Donald Robinson
By: Donald Robinson

The idea of Wal-Mart moving into Waynesboro as one resident put it, it's anything but a slam dunk.

"When we bought our home we did so because it was in a beautiful, quiet and safe residential are," said resident Sharon Schrocder.

Schrocder is a teacher at Ladd Elementary School, which is right across from where the proposed Wal-Mart would go. She feels the safety and beauty of the area will be in jeopardy.

"I am very concerned with the safety factor in our neighborhood," said Schrocder.

And she's not the only one who's concerned. Another resident had concerns that Wal-Mart would be taking more than it could give.

"When we have people that are considered full time with 34 hours at $7 and $8 an hour," said resident Joy Tartter, "that still put those people below our income for the low income people who are going to be on vouchers."

But despite all the outcry against Wal-Mart, there are some residents that support having Wal-Mart as neighbors.

"As far as corporate neighbors, I think we would be hard pressed to find one better then Wal-Mart," said resident David Berry. "I for one would like to see folks from out of the area coming into Waynesboro for a change and bringing their dollars to shop."

Some of the residents are calling for a special meeting with Wal-Mart officials, but at this time there is not one scheduled. The Waynesboro Planning Commission will hold another public hearing on the Wal-Mart issues on July, 16 at 7 p.m. in the City Council Chambers.

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