Some residents against proposed Walmart on saturated South County road
By Sarah Heath
(KMOV) – Some South County residents are leading the charge against a proposed Walmart site one mile down the road from two grocery stores.
Walmart wants to build a Neighborhood Market grocery store at the intersection of Tesson Ferry and Butler Hill which is already saturated with Dierbergs and Schnucks stores, a mile down the road.
Neighbors are fighting back saying it’s not needed and will bring major traffic headaches to the already busy area.
Mary Ann Gregory has lived on Audjill drive for 47 years and the proposed store will be next to a 24-hour gas station that already disrupts the neighborhood.
“The lights from the cars coming in and out of that (gas station.) Why I can be sitting in my living room watching television and the lights flash across my living room wall, it’s terrible. We don’t need any more of that,” Gregory stated.
She has already started a petition drive and has 74 signatures. Gregory has already voiced her concern to anyone in the St. Louis County Government’s office who would listen.
“We’re in it until they say too bad they are going to do it, or end it. It’s all up to the public officials to end this.” Gregory said.
The St. Louis County Planning Commission meets next Monday. The commission president, Wayne Hilzinger, told News 4 he expects the commission to make a recommendation on the Walmart neighborhood store at the meeting. Then it goes to the St. Louis County Council.