Texas town takes a firm stance against proposed Walmart Supercenter

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by KENS 5 Staff

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Posted on July 2, 2013 at 10:07 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 2 at 10:07 AM

CIBOLO, Texas -- There are normally about 20 to 30 people in attendance at the Cibolo City Council meetings.

When a new Walmart store is on the agenda, nearly 300 residents show up with their concerns and loud voices.

Wal-Mart is in final negotiations to buy more than 20 acres of land to build a superstore near the corner of Cibolo Valley and Borgfield Drive -- right across the street from Jeff Sealey's backyard.

"I love the quiet feel of this community, and I just don't want to see that ruined by a large retail store," he said.

Sealy and the other residents at Monday night's meeting are concerned that the superstore will cause traffic and crime to skyrocket.

"I just think it's bad all the way around for the community, the folks that have kids and I just don't think it's a good thing at all," Sealy said.

The new Walmart would bring more than 300 jobs to the city and, according to the company, they're willing to work with the community to answer their questions.

According to a statement from Walmart: "We look forward to engaging with the city of Cibolo's leadership, as well as the community to listen, answer questions and share information about this possible store location."

Mayor Jennifer Hartman told KENS 5 that residents should consider the benefits of having a Walmart store.

"For us, it would be us basically capturing our sales tax dollars back and putting them back into our community rather than somebody else's community."

The city plans to build a five-lane highway outside the store to accommodate increased traffic.

Another meeting to discuss the proposed Walmart store is planned although a date has not been set.

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