Mayor Fischer: ‘Walmart is backing away from' W. Lou plans

Anger after West Lou. Walmart deal fails

LOUISVILLE (WHAS11) – Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said Walmart is no longer planning to bring a Walmart to 18th & Broadway.

In 2014 is was announced there were plans to bring a Walmart to West Louisville but the project was a contentious one. Over the past two years there has been a lot of back and forth to get the business in Louisville. Residents urged elected officials to step in or the city could lose millions in economic development.

Fischer, in the past, said legal matters over the construction stalled the process of getting the business

The fight turned legal in 2015 when residents and preservationists filed suit in court claiming the Planning Commission did not follow Louisville’s Metro Land Development code in approving Walmart’s suburban style store.

Judge Olu Stevens tossed out the suit, but attorneys for the group have filed an appeal in 2016.

Mayor Fischer talked about Walmart's decision during a news conference. 

Anne Hatfield, a Walmart spokesperson, released the following statement:

“After much deliberation and consideration of various business factors and extensive delays to the project, we have decided not to pursue development of a new store in West Louisville at this time. We commend the visionary leadership and ardent support of Mayor Fischer who has been an advocate and champion for the West Louisville community since we began this project nearly three years ago. We remain committed to serving our customers throughout the Commonwealth and look forward to continuing to innovate our services and invest in improving our existing stores throughout the region.”


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