Tallassee Walmart set to expand; some neighbors not happy - News, Weather, Sports, Toledo, OH

Tallassee Walmart set to expand; some neighbors not happy

Land where Walmart is planning to build a Tallassee Supercenter Walmart. Land where Walmart is planning to build a Tallassee Supercenter Walmart.
TALLASSEE, AL (WSFA) -

Brandy Lee has mixed emotions about the new Walmart Supercenter going up in Tallassee. Lee applauds the fact the new Walmart will be so much better than the old one which, by the way, is said to be one of the smallest Wal-Mart stores in the state.

Lee, however, worries the expanded Walmart could sweep away locally owned businesses such as the Super Foods grocery store and Herrin Hill Pharmacy.

"I know it will mean more jobs but I'm concerned they will not only match local prices but beat them as well. You have to wonder what effect that will have on local stores," said Lee.

"I just don't see that happening because the local stores will do what they need to do to be profitable," said Tallassee mayor Bobby Payne. The mayor may have a point.

Kayla Johnson, for example, plans to shop at the new Walmart and keep her business at Super Foods as well.

"I just think Super Foods has the best meats in town," said Johnson.

Unlike the old Walmart the new one will have new amenities such as a bakery, pharmacy, deli, grocery, electronics but no tire store.

Mayor Payne says there is little doubt the new store will increase sales tax revenues for the city by as much as 20 percent.

"We see this as a good thing and we feel we'll attract our friends and neighbors such as Eclectic and Notasulga," said Payne.

Walmart's management plans to hire an additional 50 people for the new store bringing the total to more than 100 employees. That figure includes current employees working now at the old Wal-Mart.

The owner of Super Foods declined an on-camera interview saying he's taking a neutral stand on the matter and WSFA 12 News was unable to reach the owner of Herrin Hill Pharmacy. The businesses are privately owned.

Despite some initial misgivings Brandy Lee along with Kayla Johnson are confident the Supercenter will be 'super' for all of Tallassee. Opening day is set for sometime in April of this year.

Copyright 2014 WSFA 12 News.  All rights reserved.

  • Headlines from Lucas, Wood, Ottawa, Fulton & Monroe CountiesNewsMore>>

  • Report: ProMedica acquires HCR Manor Care

    Report: ProMedica acquires HCR Manor Care

    Wednesday, April 25 2018 8:55 PM EDT2018-04-26 00:55:04 GMT
    (Source: WTOL)(Source: WTOL)
    (Source: WTOL)(Source: WTOL)
    ProMedica does not seem to be slowing down its buying spree. Reuters reported that ProMedica is acquiring HCR Manor Care. According to Reuters, ProMedica is teaming up with Welltower which is a Toledo based real estate trust. The two are proposing a purchase of bankrupt HCR for $2 billion. ProMedica has not made a comment on the report.  Follow WTOL:   Download our app here.  Copyright 2018 WTOL. All rights reserved.More >>
    ProMedica does not seem to be slowing down its buying spree. Reuters reported that ProMedica is acquiring HCR Manor Care. According to Reuters, ProMedica is teaming up with Welltower which is a Toledo based real estate trust. The two are proposing a purchase of bankrupt HCR for $2 billion. ProMedica has not made a comment on the report.  Follow WTOL:   Download our app here.  Copyright 2018 WTOL. All rights reserved.More >>
  • Sierah's Legacy: Touching lives everywhere

    Sierah's Legacy: Touching lives everywhere

    Wednesday, April 25 2018 8:19 PM EDT2018-04-26 00:19:10 GMT
    (Source: WTOL)(Source: WTOL)
    (Source: WTOL)(Source: WTOL)

    What is most extraordinary is how so many in northwest Ohio, southeast Michigan and beyond have been deeply touched by Sierah and her story.

    More >>

    What is most extraordinary is how so many in northwest Ohio, southeast Michigan and beyond have been deeply touched by Sierah and her story.

    More >>
  • Chair of Water Quality and Sustainability reacts to Toledoan Gripe with TAWA

    Chair of Water Quality and Sustainability reacts to Toledoan Gripe with TAWA

    Wednesday, April 25 2018 7:41 PM EDT2018-04-25 23:41:52 GMT
    (Source: WTOL)(Source: WTOL)
    (Source: WTOL)(Source: WTOL)

    Some Toledoans spoke out about their concerns with the Toledo Area Water Authority (TAWA). Urging the Mayor's Office and City Council to consider how they feel TAWA is currently proposed isn't acceptable. Nick Komives is the chair of the water quality and sustainability committee. He tells WTOL that right now... if the city council were to vote on the ordinance for the Toledo Area Water Authority ... he predicts it wouldn't pass, eight to four. Komive...

    More >>

    Some Toledoans spoke out about their concerns with the Toledo Area Water Authority (TAWA). Urging the Mayor's Office and City Council to consider how they feel TAWA is currently proposed isn't acceptable. Nick Komives is the chair of the water quality and sustainability committee. He tells WTOL that r

    More >>
Powered by Frankly