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Crestwood Walmart one step closer to final approval

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CRESTWOOD, Ky. (WDRB) -- Oldham County officials approved a rezoning and development plan Tuesday that would make way for a Walmart in Crestwood.

But some residents are concerned about the effects it will have on the quality of life in the community.

"It just doesn't fit our community," said Crestwood resident Wood McGraw.

Some residents strongly believe there's no need for a Walmart in Crestwood.

The proposed location is a lot off Veteran's Memorial Parkway at Madison Park Place.

"There's a Walmart in LaGrange and there's Walmart in Westport Road area. Why does Crestwood need one right in the middle of those two?" said McGraw.

But those with the corporation say the area is a good fit for a new store.

"We see it as a growing area and based on our market research, that there's a demand both for grocery in the area as well as the other merchandise that we offer," said Kevin Thompson, director of public affairs for Walmart.

On Tuesday, the Oldham County Planning Commission approved the rezoning and development plan.

It's the second-to-last hoop Walmart will have to jump through before breaking ground.

Some say it could mean the end of Crestwood Grocery Outlet which is a half-mile from the proposed Walmart site.

"We'll definitely go out of business like within a month, even less than that probably," said Crestwood Grocery cashier Hannah Medley.

The store has been in Crestwood for at least 40 years, but employees say it won't be able to compete.

"Some of our prices are a little better than Walmart but Walmart is a bigger corporation," said Medley.

She says she and about 17 other associates will be out of jobs.

"I don't know what I'll do then because I've been here for two years," Medley told WDRB.

But representatives of Walmart say stores can't blame competitors for gains or losses.

"Businesses come and go every day. I don't think there's one factor that causes them to stay or go," said Thompson.

Walmart representatives say if the site is approved, the store will create about 300 jobs.

"We always welcome the debate with the residents, the dialogue. We'll continue to speak with residents. If we do get approval from the Crestwood City Council, they'll be our neighbors so we certainly want to have a good relationship with them," Thompson told WDRB.

The Crestwood City Council will have final approval.

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