Texas residents look to God in battle against Walmart

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by KENS 5 staff

KENS 5 SAN ANTONIO

Posted on July 29, 2013 at 9:28 AM

CIBOLO, TX --  Some residents fighting to keep a proposed Walmart from building in their neighborhood marched around with crosses and prayed for their community on Sunday.

Opponents have said building a Walmart close to Wiederstein Elementary school would bring crime, traffic and noise to the area.

Members of Everyday Christian Fellowship, which is nearby the proposed retail store, walked around the area with a large cross offering prayers for Cibolo leaders.

"We are beginning a series of prayers walks for to pray for the needs of the people of our community," said Cory Webb.

The lot Walmart is eyeing is private and zoned for commercial use.  Cibolo's city manager told WFAA sister station KENS 5 there is nothing they can do to stop Walmart from opening at the location but the city has proposed the retail giant pick a different part of town.

At a recent community meeting, Walmart officials presented the plan for the new store to residents detailing everything from landscaping to parking. 

“We know how to operate these stores and one of the things we do is communicate with the community, the school districts, the principal and the parents from these communities and we hope to do that here as well,” said Daniel Morales, Director of communications for Walmart Stores Inc..

If the proposed Walmart becomes reality, members of Everyday Christian Fellowship said they will adjust. 

"We want what God wants," Webb said.  "If that happens we are going to embrace it and do the best with it because a lot of things we don't have control over in our lives."

City officials have said they will continue to compromise with neighbors and Walmart on the details of the plan.
 

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