Wal-Mart to Face Residents Again

By: Donald Robinson
By: Donald Robinson

Waynesboro residents wanted a special meeting with Wal-Mart officials to express their concerns.

During Tuesday night’s Planning Commission meeting, residents spoke out and Wal-Mart representatives answered their questions.

After three hours in a meeting with Wal-Mart officials Waynesboro residents still seem concerned about a possible store coming to the city.

Residents expressed concerns about everything from the store's design to lighting in the parking lot and traffic.

Wal-Mart wants to put the main entrance to the store on the corner of Rosser Ave. and Lucy Lane, but a lot of the residents don't think that's a good idea.

"Rosser has residents along it," said resident Kathy Gill, "Rosser has schools along it and Rosser needs to be kept as it is."

"There are two schools and residents very close," said resident Alissa Ardito. "If you look at shopping centers were they are place in communities nation wide, they are hardly ever placed so close to schools and residents."

Some people did speak in support of the Wal-Mart. Those who spoke against it said their problem was not that Wal-Mart was coming, but the site they want to build on.

Residents say they have a lot more questions for Wal-Mart officials; therefore, the Planning Commission will hold another meeting for residents and Wal-Mart. No date has been set yet.

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