From the Southern Sector to the Northwest, Walmart Plans $200-Million Dallas Takeover

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There is no shortage of Walmarts in and around Dallas. But City Hall sends word this afternoon: More are a-coming -- "more than a dozen new projects in the city of Dallas," per the release that follows, including three in the southern sector and one across the street from Bachman Lake, as I promised way back in May of last year.

Says the release: A Supercenter's coming to I-35 and Ledbetter Road; while Neighborhood Markets will be planted near S. Buckner and Scyene Road and N. Hampton Road and Fort Worth Avenue (the latter is going on the vacant lot presently at Fort Worth Avenue and Colorado). Meanwhile, Walmart says it's going to build a Sam's Club at Webb Chapel and Northwest Highway; says the release, it will replace the "existing location west of I-35 ... and will include new retail and restaurants." Northwest Dallas can also expect yet another Walmart "nearby," though the release isn't more specific than that. Also: "A Walmart Supercenter will be opening later this year in the currently closed Walmart discount store located on Central Expressway at Midpark just north of LBJ-635."

Mayor Tom Leppert, of course, is thrilled: "Clearly, Walmart understands the strong economic fundamentals of our city's economy and sees tremendous potential. And all indications are, if these stores do well, especially in Southern Dallas, more stores will come." No time lines are given in the announcement that follows.

Update at 3:11 p.m.: As you can see, the release says "more than a dozen new projects," but only half, if that, are named. I asked Chris Heinbaugh, Mayor Tom Leppert's chief of staff, if there is a full list. He responds: "They have not locked down all the property and deals yet. They only feel comfortable with the three in the south and the Sam's at Bachman Lake. They won't even let us have a list. And they're in different stages. Apparently, they've gone through this before and it has dramatically affected price and negotiations. I can tell you they are all over the city." He also says there are 14 projects on the to-do list.
WALMART LOOKS TO DOUBLE NUMBER OF DALLAS STORES

$200 Million Investment Includes Stores in Southern Dallas

Today, Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert announced that Walmart intends to invest $200 million to launch more than a dozen new projects in the city of Dallas, including at least three new stores in Southern Dallas. The expansion will more than double the number of locations inside the city, and is seen as a vote of confidence in Dallas.

"Clearly, Walmart understands the strong economic fundamentals of our city's economy and sees tremendous potential," said Mayor Leppert. "And all indications are, if these stores do well, especially in Southern Dallas, more stores will come."

The projects will be located in almost every part of the city. Walmart Regional Vice President Dacona Smith is particularly pleased with Walmart's expansion in Southern Dallas.

"Walmart's commitment to additional growth in the Dallas market will go a long way in bringing convenient access to fresh, affordable produce to more consumers, particularly those who live and work in areas that have been under-served for many years," said Smith. "We look forward to opening these additional stores, which will not only provide additional jobs in our community but will help more North Texans save money so they can live better.

While many of the projects will be Neighborhood Market full service grocery stores, they will also include Sam's Clubs and Supercenters, which are stores containing both general merchandise and full line grocery assortments.

One Southern Sector store is expected to be located at I-35 and Ledbetter Road. The Supercenter will provide general merchandise and groceries and create 300 full and part-time jobs. This store is planned to be approximately 180,000 square feet.

In Pleasant Grove, a Neighborhood Market by Walmart is planned near S. Buckner and Scyene Road providing that community with a large selection of affordable groceries and fresh produce, as well as a pharmacy.

And in Oak Cliff, a Neighborhood Market by Walmart is slated for a site near N. Hampton Road and Fort Worth Avenue.

District 3 Councilmember David Neumann says Walmart's timing couldn't be better.

"The neighborhood, the city and I have worked hard to create a foundation for economic growth on Fort Worth Avenue and everyone's work is paying off," said Neumann. "Walmart clearly recognizes this area is on the upswing and we're thrilled they want to be partners with this community."

Another area getting a boost is the Bachman Lake neighborhood north of Love Field. A Sam's Club is being planned at Webb Chapel and Northwest Highway, which is replacing an existing location west of I-35. This new facility will provide better access for residents in Northwest Dallas and will include new retail and restaurants. In addition, a new Walmart is being planned nearby, which will create an additional 300 jobs.

A Walmart Supercenter will be opening later this year in the currently closed Walmart discount store located on Central Expressway at Midpark just north of LBJ-635. This Supercenter will add approximately 300 new jobs as well.

Walmart will announce other specific locations in the future. Mayor Leppert says the city has built a strong relationship with Walmart.

"We have worked with Walmart for several years to build an investment program that meets their business requirements and addresses important community needs," said Mayor Leppert. "Walmart has been a tremendous partner with the City, especially in terms of education, nutrition and fighting diabetes. This expansion is clearly another sign of their commitment to Dallas."


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Murad Gas
Murad Gas

Hooray!!! more biss for our stores in Ledbetter

madmilker
madmilker

Mayor Leppert would eat those words if he knew Wal*Mart put less than 5% foreign in their stores in China.

madmilker
madmilker

"It is the aim of good government to stimulate production, of bad government to encourage consumption." - Jean Baptiste Say

If Retail makes NOTHING....and Government makes only MORE DEBT....the only thing that can have a positive effect on communities is Small Business and companies that make stuff.

The picture of George Washington can float around a town six to eight times before leaving the community but if that dollar is spent inside of a big box store it will leave the same day that it entered.

Big Box stores like Wal*Mart can take in 200,000 George Washington's a day and that be a lot of "Liberty" "Pride" "Freedom" leaving town each day.

And when one figures into the equation America has a six to one trade deficit with China which means five out of every six George Washington's that go there will never come back unless the US Government sells bonds(debt) this is what those on Jenkins Hill and Wall Street don't understand when it comes to local banks not having any George Washington's to loan out in their communities.

Why is it that people ain't writing articles about those fifteen cargo ships that pollute as much as 760 million automobiles, T Boone Pickens owning a Texas Water District, Nestle draining the Great Lakes, the disconnect between Coca-Cola and the people of India, Wal*Mart putting less than 5% foreign in their stores in China and Warren Buffett buying a Choo Choo train a few years after Wal*Mart makes a deal on a port in Mexico.

In 1960 U.S. goods manufacturing produced a $5 billion trade surplus - - 2006 merchandise trade had a $836 billion deficit. Today, for some reason, the world thinks the American consumer needs to support what they make....well, it doesn't work like that even a fifth grader can figure that out.

So-call cheaper items only breed cheaper wages and this will go on until the rich of the world carry out the manufacturing of ignorance through out the 182 or so counties that will have a chance to make something.

I'm just an O'fart with very little book learning but from what I've seen over the past sixty five years in this great union of fifty states has shown me that common sense left in the year 63' and "my sh!! don't stink" sense as been here every since.

Sad, those few fat farmers with penmanship of poets holding feather quill goose pens and writing the American dream has today become nothing more than a page within a history book that a bunch of asinine dipsticks are to lazy and ignorant to teach.

Over the past 100 years the Federal Debt has gone from $2.6 billion in 1910 to over $14 trillion today....In that time there has only been one 10 year period that the debt has gone down 1920-1930.

All done by a bunch of elephants and jack@sses acting like turnips. People today still think Clinton balance the budget but anyone knows if they think with an open mind that if the budgets of the Clinton years had been balance the debt would had not gone up.

America is over $57 trillion in debt and it didn't get there by people using common sense. If the American people don't wake-up to that fact within another twenty years they will witness Lady Liberty kneeling to her knees in the Hudson and someone in Tiananmen Square holding that tablet from under her left arm celebrating what is written upon it.

enough said:http://findarticles.com/p/arti...

Lolotehe
Lolotehe

Fort Worth Avenue and Colorado? Well, there goes the Minyard's.

Guest
Guest

Regardless of one's feelings about Walmart in general, the Pleasant Grove location is something the surrounding neighborhoods need. Sure you have a Fiesta and El Rancho, but nothing else in that quadrant unless you head up to the I-30 SuperCenter.

scottindallas
scottindallas

I'm not a fan of Wal-mart, unless I want to shop at 2:00am; it happens. I actually used to kinda dig getting off from bar-backing at 3:30 and rolling into Wal-mart stoned out of my mind. I used to enjoy walking by the Barbie aisle, the pink would almost make you puke. But, I'd grab a "Mr. Potato Head, Chinese Checkers or some goofy game. (can you believe it?)

Though I agree with many of the negative comments, I want to point out one important point, at least we have the ability to boycott Wal-mart. We don't have that choice with our electricity and other utility providers. This is the difference between the free market and other utility markets. We should never confuse the two. "The more you know..."

Of course the tax subsidies and incentives they seek from municipalities aren't "free market" in any way. Those are perverse and should be ruled unConstitutional under the provision of equal protection, though defenders might say KELO affirmed the right of a legislative body to provide these subsidies.

Oak Cliff Townie
Oak Cliff Townie

So how much are we The folks of Dallas paying for this privilege ?

deb
deb

Such a bad idea!! Bad for the economy and bad for mom and pop stores!

This is a great film about what Wal-Mart has done to our communities:http://www.snagfilms.com/films...

Oak Cliff Clavin
Oak Cliff Clavin

Dave Neumann wouldn't be more tone deaf if he were actually deaf. Bragging about a WalMart? Jeez, thanks, Dave, did you kick my dog too?

Wait, maybe he's actually doing all this as a big "f.u." to the neighborhood on his way out.

I can't figure this guy out, does he hate us or is he just dumb?

Either way, just beat it Neumann, move to collin county!

Sherrypeel
Sherrypeel

I'm bummed to see Walmart expansion. It's not the business model I want to support. In fact ~ I just committed to myself and a friend to never shop at Walmart.

This is not a neighborhood friendly / employee supportive / supplier partnership model I want to support.

rubbercow
rubbercow

What do we know about the status of "Project Luke" at the old Alamo?

Jacob
Jacob

Sure wish this was an announcement from Target instead.

lulabell
lulabell

Please tell the Fort Worth Avenue Development group to stay away from Lakewood.

Amyrene71
Amyrene71

There are a lot of people who will get paid for this deal going through. We recently moved back from the Hill Country...not our first choice but it is what it is for now but I digress. We watched the town of Helotes, a suburb of San Antonio, get a WalMart forced on them even though the people of that town didn't want the ugly box store being built in the beautiful hills of their Hill Country. Lets not forget there is 1 other Walmart a mile up the road on a major freeway and probably 9 others within the 9 miles. For sure someone's hands were greased on that deal and you can figure on this one as well.

I just want someone to explain to me why people keep going to these stores that offer bad service, horrible produce and how come you can't find help when you need someone. That is my experience. If I can get away with not going to Wally's, I don't go. If HEB ever makes it up this far it will be a happy day! And they are a Texas based company.

who do you think?
who do you think?

WalMart and gas wells. I can only fight one entity at a time. Someone needs to pick up the torch on this one and keep them out. We are either going to be a city of $7.00 an hour millionaires or gassed by the gas wells, perhaps both. Thank you mayor Tom. Now get the hell out.

Oh Really
Oh Really

Since when did the stores, restaurants and other businesses in Oak Cliff start paying top dollar wagres @TimCov?

Ed
Ed

"We have worked with Walmart for several years to build an investment program that meets their business requirements and addresses important community needs," said Mayor Leppert. "Walmart has been a tremendous partner with the City, especially in terms of education, nutrition and fighting diabetes. This expansion is clearly another sign of their commitment to Dallas."

I have to wonder about this. In the course of a couple days just before the pre-game ice storm I happened to frequent the both Walmart across from Cowboys Stadium and the one over there in Redbird several times.

The one in Arlington was chock full of stuff, not just football merchandise, regular Walmart stuff, and plenty of nice looking fresh food. The one in Redbird gave me a distinct feeling like being in the old Soviet Union. Completely out of this, and that, and the other. (Pssst. I hear there will be mustard on Thursday. Ilya told me.) The one in Arlington, checkers at nearly every register. In Redbird, maybe 2 checkout people total, one at each end of the store, with 5-6 people in each line.

If I didn't know any better I'd say the one in Arlington was trying to operate like a highly competitive grocer, keen to the expectations of its customers. The one in Redbird, trying to leach every last dime out of Rickie Rush's local flock at the lowest overhead cost possible. Jobs? Pfft. Food desert? Not as long as you eat whatever is convenient for Walmart to keep up with supplying, whenever it's convenient, I suppose. Just grateful I don't live in Redbird, though.

Ellum08
Ellum08

Are these (particularly the ones in South Dallas) in response to the vote to allow beer/wine sales citywide? Just curious.....

Juan Valdez
Juan Valdez

Can they at least do a Walmart that can Maximize the location....I mean its in front of Bachman Lake and the airport. Its an interesting location to make something cool.

Am I dreaming? Will this be another box? :(

Wylie H.
Wylie H.

What's Royce West's piece?

Doug
Doug

Interesting...I don't see any reference to how much "equity" JWP and his ilk are getting in the south Dallas locations. I can't imagine why he'd allow "the man" to exploit "his" people with "slave labor" jobs.

Guest
Guest

At least when Wal-Mart says they're coming, they're coming.

Not like those teases at In-and-Out Burger.

Zapper2
Zapper2

You can't choose your electricity provider? News to me.

Lenrose
Lenrose

If Wal-Mart is being subsidized in any way, you in Dallas are getting doubly-screwed.

Wal-Mart will beat you with an ugly stick and make you pay for it.

Cliff Dweller
Cliff Dweller

It's interesting that people are blaming Neumann for this. Remember that Griggs and his friends worked very hard to get the zoning change and TIF on Ft Worth Avenue that were bound to lead to this kind of building.

WRR
WRR

It's like bragging you brought more Dollar Stores to the city!

Wal-Mart is a cancer.

It kills communities, culture, and competition. It is a monopoly. Cities with sense have outlawed Wal-Mart.

Ihavequestions
Ihavequestions

Tell me how you really feel. LOL! You go boy! I'm wit u.

Anon
Anon

I'm sure FWADG they will be there with all the right things to say when WalMart's competition forces that Minyards to close (or maybe the city will devote as many resources to helping them rehab that store as they gave WalMart in clearing that land and re-zoning - a scenario I see as highly unlikely). Frankly, I think the WalMart neighborhood store will be a nice addition to this area. The area doesn't have the demographics at the moment to justify a Whole Foods, or even a Kroger, but WalMart is an improvement over the two stores nearby to this one on Ft Worth Ave. The only issue I have is figuring out what to do with the Minyards strip mall once its anchor closes. I don't think it has many redevelopment options and I want someone on the record saying they'll bend over backwards to fix that situation when it arises, just like they did this for Wal Mart.

Rixtex
Rixtex

People go to these stores because the prices are reasonable. Not everyone can afford Central Market, or even HEB. Seriously, I can afford better but I buy groceries there anyway, because I don't need 15 kinds of bleu cheese or all the best coffees of the world. I find their produce is good quality and the selection tolerable. If I can't find what I'm looking for, I go somewhere else. I may have to go hunt up service, but have never waited long. I'm not the normal Neighborhood Store customer, I suppose. The normal shopper there looks like they are trying to just get by. And that is who Walmart has always catered to: the budget conscious shopper.

Frankly, I think there is a whole lot of snobbishness that goes into Walmart bashing.

Robert Wilonsky
Robert Wilonsky

I was told a short time ago that this is something the mayor's been working on for years -- and that a deal, much like today's, was close to being announced right before the economy went into the tank. City Hall was apparently taken by surprise when Walmart came back, quite recently, and said: "Deal's back on."

rc
rc

What's Dave Neumann's piece is more like it.

Amyrene71
Amyrene71

They are coming. I work for a company who is undercontract as a subcontractor.

Anon
Anon

The fact that you think you have a "choice" shows just how effective their marketing has been. You have a choice of retail power companies but take more than 30 seconds to understand how that market works and you will know that it isn't a free market the way you get to pick your grocery store.

Oak Cliff Clavin
Oak Cliff Clavin

I believe that the zoning and TIF efforts were aimed (the TIFs were specific to Seib's company, no?) at laying the groundwork for the La Reunion mixed use development, which, although the project fell through, it was more aligned with the needs/wants of the local area. That Griggs et. al. overlooked the downside, shows only inexperience, not ulterior motives.

It’s not that I blame Neumann for this (he's merely a "yes man" for Leppert and his cronies), it’s that he's clueless. If all he has to crow about is a Wal-Mart, when the school district is in the shape it’s in and you’re routinely getting worked over by the DHA, etc, shows his disconnect with his constituents and ineptitude.

I mean, there is nothing wrong with free enterprise. Unless, of course, the city off-set their tax burden or however they incentivize them i.e. paid them with our money. But we have a Wal-Mart down the street if we need Chinese made house wares and such, and a new Aldi across the street for factory meat and canned products. Why not push goliath to rehab that filthy Cockrell Hill store, with its barely lit parking lot littered with diapers and stray dogs.

Oak Cliff Clavin
Oak Cliff Clavin

I wouldn't hold your breath on waiting for that statement. And when the Wal-Mart doesn't do all that well, they'll neglect it too.

The area has the demographics. Every time I underestimate the area, I am suprised by how many people in that demo there are. Just roll out to any community event in Bishop Arts. Or walk into the Tom Thumb on Hampton now that there is beer/wine sales, or block parties in Winnetka. They're here.

I know there are as many people in Oak Cliff in that "specialty market" demographic to support a store, look at WF in north arlington. And it doesnt have to be WF or Central Market, there are other stores like Sprouts, and Sunflower/New Flower etc. The latinos will probably continue to shop at the Carnival and Michoacan anyways.

Whatever grocer takes the plunge at Sylvan 30 will profit handsomely I'm sure.

Montemalone
Montemalone

The area is Kessler Park. It's rich white folks. the kind that buy 15 kinds of Bleu Cheese and coffee that comes in a bag, not a can. It needs more quality, not less.

Raj
Raj

The problem on Ft. Worth Ave. is not a lack of affordable grocery options...quite the opposite. There's a Minyard's, a Cost Plus, and an Aldi (under construction) all within 300 yards of each other on this same street. The issue is you have 4 places to buy the exact same processed cheese food, and nowhere to buy the 15 types of bleu cheese you noted. To exacerbate things, the other recent additions to the area are a Sonic, a McDonald's, a motorbank, a retirement village, and a DHA structure. Eventually, one of the grocers will close due to too much competition, and then we'll be left with a vacant structure that can't be used for anything other than 20,000 sq ft retail. For another example of this, look to the giant metal blue building just two blocks east of here (also on Ft. Worth Ave)...it was formerly a Safeway and has sat vacant for 20 years.

LL
LL

In my part of town, people go because Walmart has driven everyone out of business. So we are stuck with a Walmart that has a captive audience, horrible service and the selections aren't that wonderful or cheap.

Anon
Anon

HEB is more affordable than WalMart. They beat them head to head in most markets.

I don't care about whether there is a WMT in Oak Cliff, but take a look back at the pictures of what we were sold as the replacement for those Colorado Place apartments. It wasn't a WalMart.

Thelisma Partridge
Thelisma Partridge

yeah, once they heard Leppert was out and Caraway was in WalMart was all Go Go Go!!!!!!

Coleman
Coleman

man, someone's getting ripped off! one can just print out day-passes from the internet to Sam's Club

Guest
Guest

Yeah. Yeah. Yeah.

Call me when there's dirt moving. :)

Thelisma Partridge
Thelisma Partridge

The main reason this is now a WalMart instead of La Reunion is because the La Reunion developers pulled out when they found out DHA was turning the building across the street into public housing. Looove how Neumann handled that one.

Not.

Thelisma Partridge
Thelisma Partridge

You are also confused about the location of Kessler Park relative to this location. The apartments that were previously on this lot were certainly not filled with rich white folks that buy 15 kinds of bleu cheese. More like poor black and hispanic folks who bought 15 kinds of crack.

Anonymous
Anonymous

you are confused/misled about the demographic of Kessler Park, or at least about the size of that segment of the population.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Alright, better price/quality mix is perhaps the better way to phrase this (they themselves admit they have not figured out how to beat HEB in this way). But if you're basing this solely on lowest price point, there is an entire industry of lower-priced food options. The poor people who shop at those places might call WalMart's clientele "snobbish"

Rixtex
Rixtex

Not in my experience they're not. I've shopped both in Waxahachie and Houston, and Walmart wins hands down. Granted, that's just 2 markets, but there is nothing cheap about the mega-HEB on I-10 in Houston.

ScottHome
ScottHome

That ship sailed more than a year ago when Dick Seib turned the property over to the bank. All the bank wanted was to get it off their hands and they did to the first bidder that came along. Such is life.

Dallas_Joe_Schmo
Dallas_Joe_Schmo

Drive by the Central/Sowthwestern location and see the dirt moving for yourself.

Guest
Guest

Dirt is really moving?

Because that Garland location that was going to be the first In and Out location in Texas is still undisturbed as far as I can tell.

Joejoethedogfaceboy
Joejoethedogfaceboy

Dirt is moving in Frisco! For both In-and-Out and a new Walmart, though I wish it was just for the former... Both on Preston, incidentally.

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