Wal-Mart to build two Warner Robins grocery stores | News
Wal-Mart has received approval to build two grocery stores in Warner Robins.
Bill Mulkey, the Building Official for Warner Robins City Hall, says building the stores are good for the city.
"Anytime you have a really big retail store come in, it usually spurs other stores which produces jobs and a lot of income for the city."
The planned stores, which would only sell groceries, would be 42,000 square feet.
Officials tell us the stores will be known as "Walmart Neighborhood Markets".
Both stores would also include gas pumps. One is planned near the Russell Parkway and Lake Joy Road intersection near CVS. The other is planned at the former Family Mart near the Houston Road, Green Street intersection.
That store would be demolished to make way for the new grocery store, says Mulkey.
The concept is met with mixed feelings from neighbors on Russell Parkway.
"I wouldn't mind if it was closer to the highway," says Cathy Mondock, "I don't mind the idea of it, but I don't want it right here."
Mondock has been living in a neighborhood next to Russell Parkway for nine years.
She says traffic is already bad in the area, and with the new store, it will only get worse.
Some other neighbors say they like that the store is being built, and that it will offer convenience and help develop the area.
"There will be some increase in traffic," said Mulkey,"And we do traffic studies along with the approval process to make sure that they won't really impact the area without doing some upgrades."
He says some of those upgrades may include a traffic light to reduce congestion. While Walmart will fund building the two stores, the city will pay for any add-ons.
Both stores are still in the review process, which can take up to six weeks.
Neither have an expected opening date yet.
Mulkey says when construction does start, it will take anywhere from 10 months to a year to complete.