Plans underway for Walmart Neighborhood Market to build in Sherman

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SHERMAN, TX -- Plans are in the works to bring a Walmart Neighborhood Market and fueling station to the west side of Sherman.

At Tuesday's meeting the commission voted unanimously to approve the site plan for the proposed Walmart Neighborhood Market, but before the vote was held residents sounded off about the store being built near them.

Walmart has proposed building a Neighborhood Market and Fuel Station at the corner of FM 1417 and Lamberth Road in Sherman. It would be a grocery store and pharmacy about a quarter of the size of an everyday Walmart Supercenter, but the plan is not sitting well with nearby residents.

"I'm sorry now that I live in that neighborhood," Bill Douglass said.

Though many residents agree they need a grocery store on their side of town, several argued against the store moving into their neighborhood at Tuesday night's Planning and Zoning meeting. Nicole Griffin was one of them.

"My biggest concerns is that it would be a 24 hour. They have zoning to be 24 hours if they choose to operate that long. I'm concerned it's going to bring a lot of traffic to the area. That area already has a lot of wrecks," Griffin said.

Bill Douglass lives only 100 yards away from the property and says he has several concerns with the proposed business.

"Trash, traffic, noise and obviously it's not a neighborhood installation. With a 24 hour store from the world's biggest retailer it's going to be a huge draw," Douglass said.

Representatives from Walmart and the Planning and Zoning board tried to clear up those concerns. Planning and Zoning Chairman Don Hicks says Walmart has already performed a traffic study.

"They've been in communications with the city and have had a couple meetings at least there and a couple of those concerns have already been addressed," Hicks said.

Hicks says because the store will not sell electronics or high dollar items he does not think crime will be a problem and says if trash becomes a problem the city will step in.

"If citizens see something they don't like. If there's trash blowing from the parking lot. we encourage them to call the city and complain," Hicks said.

A timeline has not been given for construction.