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“Say No To Walmart” Group Forms In Lee’s Summit

“Say No To Walmart” Group Forms In Lee’s Summit

February 1, 2013

By Tribune Staff

In response to the Walmart corporation’s plans to build a new Supercenter just north of the intersection of MO-150 and Market Street, a group of south Lee’s Summit citizens have come together to push for the responsible development of this project.

They are urging others to attend the Public Hearing on Thursday, February 7th City Council Meeting at 6:15 p.m. to voice their concerns.

Concerns the group cite are:

Decreased property values:
  Property values in a 4 mile radius of Walmart increased 2% from 2000-2006, however the national average increase in existing home values during this time was 49%. http://faculty.chicagobooth.edu/devin.pope/research/pdf/Pope_Pope_walmart_aej_applied.pdf  http://www.multpl.com/case-shiller-home-price-index-inflation-adjusted/table

Increased crime:  Crime at Walmart stores was over 400% higher and serious & violent crime occurred 6x’s as often at Walmart when compared to Target stores in the same area. https://www.ufcw770.org/sites/all/themes/danland/files/CrimeAndWalmart.pdf

Significant traffic increase:  The average Walmart Supercenter has 10,000 visitors on an average day. The proposed solution is to add one left turning lane on Market Street. The group feels this is not likely to be a sufficient solution considering the current traffic problems already existing at that intersection, citing evidence that the engineering used for Walmart Supercenters is flawed.http://www.ilsr.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/ite_article.pdf   

To view the map of the plans, visit

To view the original flyer visit http://goo.gl/YqsKe

For more information and highway diagram you may visit their Facebook page;  Say No to WM in South Lee’s Summit https://www.facebook.com/SayNoToWmInSouthLeesSummit

The group is encouraging supporters to wear red to the February 7th meeting. Lee’s Summit City Hall is located at 220 SE Green Street, downtown Lee's Summit.

Related article:
Lee's Summit Planning Commission Moves One Step Closer To Approving A Fourth Wal-Mart On 291 Highway. The Planning Commission voted 5-2 on January 8 to approve the new Wal-Mart plans to be brought in front of the City Council: http://lstribune.net/lees-summit-news/lee-s-summit-planning-commission-moves-one-step-closer-to-approving-a-fourth-wal-mart-on-291-highway.htm

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  1. Melissa Burt says:
    February 5th, 2013 at 02:23
    I live on the north side of town by the Walmart store, and I support you 100%. You go hang in there!
  2. Theresa Randall says:
    February 5th, 2013 at 03:27
    I find it very frustrating that LS would allow another Wal-Mart. I agree with all of the concerns from the group. The area down south is considered nicer than the areas closer to town where Wal-Mart currently resides. I'm sure they don't want to become part of "The People of Wal-mart". And what will this do to Target which was partly paid for with TIF? I know a lot of people down south shop at Target because it's a closer for them as well as it's nicer than Wal-Mart. Will they abandon Target because Wal-mart would be more convenient. That would be a shame if Target was unable to sustain itself with a lot less shoppers. I don't live down south but I used to a long time ago when there was nothing there and it was nice and quiet. My mother still lives down south and unfortunately, it's changed so much that you no longer feel as if you are out away from town, even with land. Shame on you LS for allowing another Wal-mart that runs other companies out of business and produces only low paying jobs where associates can barely provide for their families and considered poverty level. Do not let another Wal-Mart invade LS.
  3. Joe Delgado says:
    February 8th, 2013 at 20:01
    I usually don't shop Wal-Mart. I don't understand why there's a need for another one in the area. With the one at Tudor and north 291Hwy, if I did shop Wal-Mart, I would probably go to the one at Belton/Raymore area, or Harrisonville, or better yet at Martin City area 135th & Stateline. At least there's a Target store there as well. Also, no one mentioned the female cyclist that was killed by a tanker truck at that intersection at the Quik Trip store back in 2006. Got to remember, semi trucks are going to be coming and going if that Wal-Mart does go in.

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