Sandy Greyson: Walmart Taking Another Look at Plans for Coit/Arapaho Supercenter

Categories: Biz, Neighborhoods

Since news of Walmart's plan to build a scaled-down supercenter at the corner of Arapaho and Coit Road in Far North Dallas, neighborhood opposition has been building. The outcry was covered this weekend by the Morning News and NBC 5, and the petition promising a boycott is at 2,300 and counting. Opponents now have a full-blown website and, coming soon, yard signs!

Momentum aside, stopping the store remains a long shot, particularly given that the 90,000-square-foot model the retailer has is within current zoning and therefore doesn't need City Council approval. But there remains at least a glimmer of hope.

Council member Sandy Greyson met with Walmart representatives on Thursday and posted her notes from the meeting online.

"I spoke of the three existing Supercenters within a few miles of the Coit and Arapaho location and how we would boycott the 92,000 foot store if built," she writes. "They said they would take a second look at why they chose this site. They are currently in their due diligence process and have 6 months to walk away from the deal."

The second look could include a poll of neighbors, since Walmart's reps pointed out that Greyson is likely hearing from only those in opposition to the store and not those who are in favor or, more likely, indifferent. But even if the poll reveals that neighbors are overwhelmingly against it, the retailer no doubt has an algorithm that calculates the date when the midnight diaper runs and last-minute Super Bowl beer resupplies brings about a sense of resigned acceptance.

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mavdog topcommenter

2,300 signatures on a petition saying they will boycott the store?

with approximately 50,000 people living within 2 miles of the intersection, I'd expect that WM won't miss 'em.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

Maybe they should change the Wal Mart name.  A stigma has grown up around the appellation.  Perhaps, Le Grand Market would work.


I have been by that strip mall.  Years back, it had a Borders and was filled out.  Now, not so much.  A shiny new not-so-big-box Walmart would be an improvement. 

observist topcommenter

I don't think a Wal*Mart Supercenter is historically accurate for this neighborhood of late-70's to mid-80's strip malls.  I would want to see their plans for historically appropriate architecture and design.


I agree with ScottsMerkin. The shopping center is almost empty, which detracts from their home values. I can't imagine that anything else will be going in there that would be any better. The area is already saturated with grocery stores.If they tore it down and built apartments, those would most likely be rat holes in 10-20 years. I doubt that any time in the near future people will want to tear it down and build homes with the economy and housing market that way it is. 

If someone has an option that would be better than this, I would like to hear it.

ScottsMerkin topcommenter

so what do people want there, its already retail.  If wal mart wants to be there, they will


@observist when did Dallas start giving a rat's @ss about historically appropriate architecture?  We love it big, shiny, and new.  That's why Spanish Village went into decline to begin with.


@Tim.Covington A mega pay day loan and car title joint with  attached pawn and rent to own rims and tires stores

primi_timpano topcommenter

Gas station with taqueria attached.




@MaxNoDifference @Tim.Covington How about a combination casino/brothel/liquor store, one stop shopping. As long as they give Mary first right of refusal on the drilling/fracking rights there would be no problems getting it past the Council.   

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