It looks like it never materialized. Did the economic downturn kill it? Perhaps. The land clearing started but then never finished. We got the med center and the college, but no Walmart.
Victory won? I don’t know. Seems that way. We’ll have to wait and see.
Well, it’s June 2012. If Walmart was coming to Mount Orab, it’s long overdue. The supposed building lot sits empty. The trees to be cleared are still mostly standing. And no one talks about Walmart coming to town anymore.
The plan was for the store to open in 2011. There’s been no development, though. The trees that were supposed to be cleared in 2008 still stand on the lot.
The Kroger Marketplace has opened. It’s a nice store. Glad to have it nearby.
I hope WalMart and all the negatives that come with it stays out of town.
If it’s been quiet here at No Mount Orab Wal-Mart that may be a good thing. It’s difficult to know what is happening in light of the global economic meltdown, especially concerning the capital building programs of major companies.
Wal-Mart has announced elsewhere that it is scaling back its expansion plans. Several planned Supercenters have been scrapped. In fact, I have heard through the grapevine that the entire Supercenter idea may be in jeopardy, as WalMart’s grocery sections are underperforming.
Here’s what I do know:
The site supposedly zoned for the Mount Orab Wal-Mart has seen zero activity since the initial flurry of tree cutting back in late 2007. In fact, the section of trees that was supposed to be removed by mid-2008 still stands.
The local newspapers have said little about the project in the wake of the October 2007 announcement.
Kroger announced a Marketplace store for the area, which would make the Wal-Mart overkill for the size of Mount Orab.
The housing market implosion curtailed all new homebuilding. Existing building projects, save for the medical center, have stalled. Perhaps the great move east for disaffected Cincinnatians will not materialize, throwing off demographic analysis for Brown County and environs.
No matter what the issue, the lack of activity and news on the planned Wal-Mart is curious. Maybe, for those of us against the building of a new Wal-Mart in Mount Orab, that’s good news.
According to the Wednesday, June 18 edition of The Wall Street Journal, Wal-Mart announced it will be scaling back the number of stores it opens in the next few years, chopping more than a billion dollars in capital expenditures in 2009 alone.
The Journal also notes the following:
Critics have questioned the benefit of Wal-Mart supercenters on local communities, particularly small towns with mom-and-pop stores that are often forced out of business when a Wal-Mart store opens in the area.
Plans for Kroger, a local company that keeps jobs and money in the Greater Cincinnati area (unlike Wal-Mart), include a new Marketplace center that would fulfill any perceived need for access to a wider range of goods. We can only hope that Wal-Mart decides to take the retail fight elsewhere.