December 18, 2006
The world's largest retailer is opening a store in Louisa County.
On Monday, a Wal-Mart proposal took a huge step forward.
County Board of Supervisors members think that a new Wal-Mart will send Louisa County in the right direction
In late 2007 a 176,000 square foot Wal-Mart Super Center will be making a new home in Zion’s Crossroads.
“Well we think it's an outstanding opportunity for the county. To not only keep its shoppers here but also increase its employment and bring new jobs to the county,” said Dan Hargett, a partner in the developing firm who helped bring Wal-Mart.
The new Wal-Mart will bring around 300 new jobs to Louise County and when all the ‘Shops at Spring Creek’ are done, over 500 new jobs will be available in Louisa County.
“It's very exciting we've been working on economic development in Louisa County for the last ten years and it's starting to bring the tax revenue that we've been looking for. Also a lot of our citizens have wanted to shop and live in Louisa and this will afford them the opportunity to do that,” said Fitzgerald Barnes, the Chairman of the Board.
County leaders hope others will follow suit and invest their money in Louisa.
“As the county grows, this is another way that we can take our tax base and diversify it and not be so dependent upon real estate tax by getting some of the sales tax revenue that we have been anticipating,” said Barnes.
Some county residents quietly voiced their opposition to the construction though.
Plans are also in the works to add national restaurant chains and other retail stores in the area.