Source: Wal-Mart involved in negotiations for frmr. Phillip Morris site


by WHAS11

Posted on November 18, 2013 at 7:41 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- It's a project that could bring jobs and money to West Louisville.

There is word that Wal-Mart may build a store at the site of the former Philip Morris plant at the southwest corner of Dixie Highway and Broadway. That area has been vacant for 13 years.
A member of council told WHAS11 she’s been in on meetings where there were negotiations to bring a Wal-Mart to the 18th and Broadway site; but there is one thing that could be holding up the deal.

As soon as it came down rumors started going up. What would become of this site at 18th and Broadway where tobacco giant Phillip Morris once stood?

“It's long been a goal to have productive use of the 18th and Broadway site; we are working on them but they are all private negotiations now,” Mayor Greg Fishcer said.

We've heard it's retail giant WalMart.

Small retailers across the street say it's not competition its survival. The more people that would come to a Wal-Mart the better chance they have of attracting new customers.

“You have big business like Wal-Mart here on the corner, you have different crowd, from different areas so it may help our businesses in our area,” Babinta Koita, a local retailer, said.

This area has been vacant since 2000 when Phillip Morris left.

The plant stood empty for years then in 2008 it was torn down. Business First reports that around that time Wal-Mart had a six month option to buy the property and didn't.

In a statement on Monday, Nov. 18 a Wal-Mart spokesperson would only say they have nothing to announce.

But local job seekers at Kentucky Career Center are ready for the retailer to move in.

“I won't have to ride way out to get employment and it would be nice for the economy and the people that live here in the area,” George Wooten, a job seeker, said.