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Walmart submitted plans to Murfreesboro for a new 180,000-square-foot store at Memorial Boulevard and Airport Road
Murfreesboro may soon be a four Walmart town, a planning official confirmed Wednesday morning.

The big box retailer submitted plans for a new 180,000-square-foot store at Memorial Boulevard and Airport Road, across the road from Adams Place Assisted Living.

"The building is similar to what we approved on South Church Street ..." Murfreesboro Planning Director Joseph Aydelott said, adding it will be constructed with similar materials with a similar design and the building facade will offset by architectural lines to make it more pleasing. "This is not your old Walmart type. It's not like what's on Old Fort Parkway and South Rutherford Boulevard. It's more consistent with (the buildings) you see on Memorial."

Walmart representatives could not be reached for comment by deadline.

Aydelott said the Planning Department hasn't had a chance to review the plans in detail, since they were just submitted late Monday afternoon, but he expects a full review will be complete by the time Walmart comes up on the Planning Commission agenda Nov. 21.

From Aydelott's first impression of the plans, he said the store appears to meet the city's parking, landscaping and setback requirements, but the department hasn't taken a hard look at drainage and traffic requirements.

"At this point I don't see anything substantial they can't work out at some point," he said. Aydelott explained he has a few things he'd like to discuss with developers before the plan is presented to the Planning Commission, but he has no detailed problems at this point in the process.

Developers have proposed a new traffic signal at the north end of the site and upgrading part of Airport Road, so the store will have two entrances off of Memorial Boulevard.

The proposed parking lot is divided by landscape buffers, similar to The Avenue Murfreesboro. Shipping and receiving will be in the rear of the building, facing the Murfreesboro Municipal Airport.

The 17.04-acre site is made up of several parcels, but is mainly owned by GHEMCO, a family trust for the children of George Huddleston Sr., and has been zoned commercial highway since at least 1984.

Jonathon Fagan contributed to this report.
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November 09, 2012 at 8:23am
Aydelott's usual "snake oil" sales pitch got derailed at the Council meeting Thursday evening when Councilman Ed Smotherman started asking some questions. Seems like one of Aydelotts past statements about the size of another piece of property on Memorial as being too small for the Walmart store blew up when Smotherman pointed out that (this)proposed location was even smaller. Aydelott stammered and stuttered his way through with a phony sounding explanation. Smotherman succeeded in arranging some public input even though a public hearing was not legally required. Aydelott was seemingly uncomfortable with that. At last, we have a Council member who actually represents the public interest and speaks up when he suspects something is being ramrodded through the planning process.
I wish Smotherman was the Council rep. on the Planning Commission.
November 12, 2012 at 10:53am
They should change Murfreesboro's name to Wallyworld town. 4 Walmarts in a town like this is way out of line. How many more small businesses will close down because of Walmart
And as usual, they will get their way Aydelcott needs to be replaced
November 13, 2012 at 7:53am
The bottom line is that Walmart follows high density zoning. A proposed appartment complex on Memorial plus the conversion of the Haynes property to hi density zoning is what draws the (Walmarts). Look at what is happening near the Walmart store on Rutherford,another huge apartment complex being built. Those who choose to live there and are anti Walmart, are about the same distance from a Publix srore as they are from Walmart so the anti-Wallies will have a choice. We shall see whose parking lot is the fuller.
November 14, 2012 at 7:28pm
Personally, I’m a fan of another Walmart store in the area. Four… may be a bit much right now, but if they can make money with that many stores in Murfreesboro, then hey, why not?

Maybe, since I’m just a regular consumer, I see it more as a good thing, since it creates more opportunities for easy shopping. And it seems to me like a pretty obvious sign of growth in Murfreesboro—which at least on the outside, also seems like a good thing to me.

In the end, when I go shopping, I go to Walmart; so anything that makes it easier for me to do that is a positive. Though the proposed new Walmarts in question won’t be closer to my home than an already existing one, it’s still good to know I could have more options if I happen to be in those areas of town.

Seeing the growth that Murfreesboro experiences each year is always exciting and the creation of these new Walmarts can only mean our city has excellent prospects for even more growth in the near future.
Quite frankly, I’m excited to see what the new Walmarts will lead to—hopefully bigger, better things in Murfreesboro. As well as easier shopping, if nothing else.
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