Last week, I talked about the catastrophic failure of losing the Walmart in West Louisville. Walmart wanted to build a store there and a small group of people decided to try to extort a few demands from the world’s biggest retailer. In the end, their stubbornness and lack of acumen chased Walmart away.
That is a huge loss for that part of our city. Kevin Thompson, The Director of Government Relations for Walmart said, “We announced this project in March 2014. Had we moved forward with the project shortly after we received municipal approvals in March 2015 this store could be open today.”
I said many people, including me, were too silent for too long and we let this small group screw up a good deal. I should not have included Mayor Fischer in this group. He actually worked tirelessly behind the scenes to try to overcome this group of selfish blowhards to make the Walmart deal happen. Thompson said, “With regard to Mayor Fischer’s commitment to the project, in my experience I have never worked with a mayor more committed to seeing a project through than in this instance. He is intently focused on providing investment and economic opportunities in the west Louisville community.”
As a community, we failed. We lost a great opportunity. But Mayor Fischer did all he could do and I thank him for that effort.
I’m Bill Lamb, and that’s my Point of View.