September 14, 2006
If you're craving more shopping opportunities at bargain prices, we've got some good news for you. It looks like a big name discount store is coming to Louisa County.
“Wal-Mart is coming to town, just like Santa Claus,” said Mayor Jim Artz of the town of Louisa.
Just like Santa Claus, the mere thought has many in Louisa jumping for joy.
“It’s great,” said long time Resident Judy Gammon.
Louisa Resident Kim Henshaw echoed that response saying she couldn’t wait.
Annie Johnson, who has been shopping in the same Louisa stores for 71 years, told us, “It’s going to be really good, so okay, that's where I’ll be.”
Wal-Mart wants to build a 100,000 square foot superstore on 18 acres, smack dab in the middle of the town of Louisa, right on Route 208, which is located a quarter of a mile from Main Street and miles from I-64. So, it will be convenient for everyone.
“My husband told me, ‘I want you to go get a complete physical because I don’t want you to have a heart attack walking over to Wal-Mart everyday’,” said Louisa Resident Gail Massey.
Even though the mayor said it is a done deal, the super discounter still has hurdles to pass. The property must be rezoned for commercial use and the planning board must approve a site plan. However, the mayor says they should receive a green light.
“I don't worry about Wal-Mart. If they don't make it, it’s there fault, not mine,” said Artz.
Wal-Mart is expected to bring 200 jobs to the area and give a big boost to the local economy, but it also means the longtime mom and pops will be competing with a big gun, which is a prospect that doesn't make everyone happy.
“My grandma says it’s going to put all the stores out of business,” said James Grooms.
Mayor Artz responds, “If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.”
If all goes as planned, the new Wal-Mart store would be set to open in late 2007, early 2008.