County leaders vote "Yes" to new Walmart

By Sunni Blevins - bio | email
Posted by Shawn Maclauchlan

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Though a lot of people are still upset, the Board of Supervisors granted Walmart permission to build a store along Route 60.

Folks in Powhatan have been divided about this from the beginning.

Last night's rezoning vote allows the big box store to set up shop and puts an end to more than a year of controversy.

Supporters say Walmart will bring in more money and jobs.

Opponents say it will add traffic and put "mom and pops" out of business.

The new store will go up on the northside of Route 60 near Page Road - just next to Luck Stone quarry.

There were mixed emotions after the vote - some are still disappointed, while others say it makes good sense.

Wendy Ealding supports the new Walmart.

"I probably spend at least 75 percent of my household purchases in Chesterfield because Powhatan has very little retail options," said Ealding.

It's expected that Walmart will generate about $700,000 a year in tax revenue and add more than 350 jobs to the county.

As for the increased traffic, Walmart has pledged $250,000 to help with the road troubles some residents and county supervisors have with the project.

Execs say they will start clearing the land right away.

They want to be open for business sometime next year.

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