LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – To build or not to build? That is the question when it comes to the possibility of a new Wal-Mart location in west Louisville.
“I think it would be great for them to put a Wal-Mart downtown on Broadway,” Benjamin Folks said.
He thinks the intersection at Broadway and Dixie Highway is a prime location for the retail giant.
“It would make it easier for people who don’t have transportation to access things that they need,” he added.
When a company like Wal-Mart decides to relocate to west Louisville, they just don’t get a green light. There’s a process.
The topic has been talked about throughout the community and even incited discussion on DeVone Holt’s weekly radio show on WLOU.
Holt is a former west Louisville economic development director.
“What I know is that it takes work. You have to massage these relationships. They don’t happen overnight. It takes work to get those large retail organizations to come to the table to talk about relocating to west Louisville, he said.
Though many people would like to see the vacant property flourish with activity, some local business owners feel building a Wal-Mart at the location will have a negative impact on their business.
“I think it would have a negative impact on my business because the things that they get from me, they might think that they can get it cheaper from Wal-Mart,” local business owner Alphonzo Howard said.
Howard has a custom t-shirt shop at 20th and Broadway. He’s not the only one skeptical about a new Wal-Mart.
Several organizations and Metro Councilwoman Attica Scott publicly have shared their concern about Wal-Mart’s practice of low-paying jobs.
Jessica Green, who’s running against Scott for the District 1 seat, would like to see more jobs come to west Louisville sooner than later.
“What I am for is economic development. I don’t work for Wal-Mart; never have worked for Wal-Mart. I’m for asking tough questions and getting real answers. I’m not a person that’s going to say no Wal-Mart, don’t come,” Green said.
The possibility of Wal-Mart coming to west Louisville is still in the discussion phase.
That fact that it is a possibility, keeps the topic a contentious debate.