POSTED: Thursday, April 18, 2013 - 10:30pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 19, 2013 - 8:07am
Retail giant Walmart wants to build a market grocery store in a Central El Paso neighborhood and the company says they've surveyed many residents who say they're on board.
But at a meeting this afternoon with the City Planning Commission at the Downtown Library, other residents protested Walmart's project and demand the Commission deny it too.
"We have the people say that they did not want this Walmart there because it causes too much traffic, it causes too much noise, it's shutting off the neighborhood on Carter Street and adjacent streets. If they make this into a 24 hour store, it's definitely going to make a lot of problems for a lot of people," said Cesar Cortez, a resident of the area.
"We need to focus on bringing real jobs to the community. We need big jobs. We need to keep our college graduates here in El Paso and we don't do that with Walmart jobs," said resident, Adam Gurrola.
Walmart wants to purchase the Chico's Tacos property to build their store. The owner of Chico's expressed support for the project at today's meeting.
"I think we will in fact compliment the existing businesses that are there and certainly serve as a convenience and bring in our everyday low prices for the neighbors who are in that area," said Kellie Duhr Gonzales, spokesperson for Walmart.
Members of the City Planning Commission postponed their vote on the matter for another two weeks.