South County residents prepare for meeting on proposed Walmart grocery store

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by KMOV.com staff

KMOV.com

Posted on May 5, 2013 at 9:54 PM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 5 at 7:13 PM

(KMOV.com) -- Some residents in a south St. Louis County neighborhood are fighting against a proposed Walmart grocery store.

The "Neighborhood Market" store, a smaller version of the retailer's Supercenter, would be built on Tesson Ferry Rd. near Butler Hill.

On Monday, the St. Louis County Planning Comission will make their recommendation about the proposal. Wayne Hilzinger, the commission's president, said he expects many residents to show up. The meeting, however, will not include comments from the public.

Mary Ann Gregory said she will be at the voting meeting. She has lived on Audjill Dr. for 47 years, and can see the store's proposed construction site from her home.

"The biggest problem is the 24-7," Gregory said. "It's going to be very disruptive. Now I don't have anything against Walmart, but we do not need that in this quiet little community."

Gregory said she has been passing around a petition to show opposition to the project. Her petition has grown to include about 250 signatures.

Tony Ceny, another resident, said he can see the benefit of the proposed Walmart store.

"For us, I think it'll be really good, because if we want...cheaper product we have to go to Fenton," Ceny said.

Hilzinger said the planning commission will have to make a decision at the meeting on Monday.

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