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Pelham to get a Walmart Express

Pelham Mayor Steven Turner Pelham Mayor Steven Turner
Pelham Resident Joy Mobley Pelham Resident Joy Mobley

Sylvester got a Walmart, then Ashburn may be in line for a smaller version, now a new Walmart Express could soon be making its way into a Pelham neighborhood, after a zoning request was approved this week.    

The streets are quiet in a small neighborhood just outside of downtown Pelham.  People who live here say that will change if the city council approves a zoning request that would clear the way for a new Walmart Express to be built on Barrow Avenue.      

It's a decision that could leave some in this neighborhood unhappy.

 "I don't want to leave Pelham, but I'm not going to stay and live by Walmart express."   Pelham Resident Joy Mobley has lived there on Barrow Street next to the land for 12 years. She thinks the small grocery store will bring more unwanted traffic, dangerous conditions for children and lots of noise.  

"It would be a terrible blow I think to this neighborhood because there will be no quaint neighborhood anymore."  

But Pelham Mayor Steven Turner disagrees.  He says Walmart would not be the first business to move in to this neighborhood.   "The landowner that got this deal with Walmart and the city of Pelham did not go out seeking Walmart. We're simply there to approve or disapprove the zoning request."    

The Mayor also says the proposed store would bring 30 new jobs to the local economy.     "Walmart from what I understand will put $2 million in the local economy with that project. I think the sales will be anywhere from three to five million dollars a year, and the tax benefits, of course, to the city are obvious with that kind of thing."    

Everyone in Pelham will have the chance to voice their opinion on the project at a public hearing Monday night.   Opinions that could help the city council decide whether to agree with the planning commission's recommendation to rezone the property.


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