Walmart officially occupying old Philip Morris site

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by Brooke Hasch

WHAS11.com

Posted on March 22, 2014 at 7:46 PM

Updated Saturday, Mar 22 at 8:49 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – It's official. Wal-Mart is setting up shop in Louisville's west end.

WHAS has learned a groundbreaking will take place Monday morning at 18th and Broadway at 10 a.m. Locals say it'll be a welcome change to the neighborhood.

"There is nothing here, nothing for us to be proud about, nothing to put dollars back into our area. So, it's just about time," Jessica Green, a Louisville attorney said.

Green is not alone when she says Louisville's west end will greatly benefit from a big box retailer.

"It means a revitalization for a community that's been so overlooked, so undervalued and so underappreciated," Devone Holt, radio host of Saturday Morning Solutions said.

Holt says Wal-Mart will only increase the competition for business within the city.

"I think it will provide a great convenience for the people of west Louisville, like me, my neighbors, who travel to southern Indiana or other parts of the community to buy goods, others take for granted," Holt said.

"People on the bus line will be able to come here with ease, because it's difficult for people to come to places now," Green said.

If not for the convenience, both Green and Holt say the value of nearby businesses and homes will increase in ways unseen in years.

'When Wal-Mart moves into a community, many of us know, that property values tend to go up and as a property owner in west Louisville, I'm excited about what that means," Holt said.

With Wal-Mart on the grid, Holt says it's bound to bring other retailers into the complex.

"There's no way a Wal-Mart would come to west Louisville without having additional retail outlets pop up all around it," Holt said.

Construction will take place across the street from where the YMCA has plans to construct a new branch.
 

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