Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Wal-Mart Talks with Ross Officials...

What a couple of exciting weeks! Sorry it has taken so long to post again but this Tattler has been SWAMPED. Well, here goes:

If you have not been living in a cave you readers would have found out that Wal-Mart held an informal meeting with Ross Township officials.

From the McKnight Journal:

Wal-Mart is in talks with Ross officials about the possibility of building a store there after purchasing property along McKnight Road late last year.

Representatives of the superstore chain recently held discussions with township leaders about the prospect of changing traffic patterns along the commercial corridor.

The Journal went on to get the viewpoint from a Wal-Mart spokesperson:

"We had an informal meeting with some officials asking for their thoughts on Wal-Mart developing the area at some point," said Jim Davis, Wal-Mart senior manager for public affairs. "That is it. No formal discussion and no plans developed."

While the Journal looked into the prospects of a Wal-Mart developing on McKnight, Tribune Review looked more at how the superstore would be built:

Davis said it is not known when the company will make a decision or present plans to the township for review.

Ross Commissioner Chris Eyster said the company's preliminary plans call for demolishing the Sam's Club and Chi-Chi's buildings. Davis said razing the restaurant would allow for better access to the site, as well as increased visibility.

The Post-Gazette also reported on this.

There is so much information to process, but this Tattler thinks he can dumb it down a bit for you.

It seems that Wal-Mart is merely testing the waters to see how much opposition they will encounter. Heaven knows they do not want to face another Kilbuck or Monroeville situation.

Remember, the superstore is just in the beginning phase of looking into developing the site but even if they went forward with plans, it will take a long time before development could even begin.

The rumors are still spreading in regards to the purchase of the former McCrackin Ford and a mattress store. However, Wal-Mart leaders still say they have not purchased those sites.

While this type of development could congest McKnight even more, this Tattler likes the fact that they have an open line of communication with Ross Township leaders and residents. I'm sure there will be an update on this situation in the coming weeks.

Working to keep you posted...

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