Walmart to open three new locations near DCH propertiesThu, March 24, 2011
The city has announced the planned opening of three Walmart stores in Southern Dallas. Walmart will be coming soon just a short distance from the following DCH properties: Lourdes Place Condos in North Oak Cliff, Flats at Five Mile Creek Apartments in Southeast Oak Cliff, and the Hillburn Hills Apartments in Pleasant Grove.
This just in from City Hall. Walmart plans to double its stores in Dallas and build three stores in Southern Dallas, with a plan to put in one major store and two neighborhood markets in part of the city that lacks good access to groceries and particularly fresh meat and produce.
The large store is planned for I-35 at Ledbetter, a city official said. Two smaller neighborhood market stores will be built in Oak Cliff at Fort Worth Avenue and Hampton and in Pleasant Grove at South Buckner and Scyene roads. Most of southern Dallas recently opened up to the sale of beer and wine after voters overwhelmingly supported an effort to eliminate dry lines in the city.
The inability to sell alcohol has long been cited by grocers as an impediment to opening stores south of the Trinity River. "Clearly, Walmart understands the strong economic fundamentals of our city's economy and sees tremendous potential," Leppert said in a prepared statement. "And all indications are, if these stores do well, especially in Southern Dallas, more stores will come."
Mayor Pro Tem Dwaine Caraway, whose district will include two of the new stores, said he was overjoyed at the news. Caraway opposed the alcohol referendum but has long spoken out about the lack of access to quality grocery and retail in southern Dallas. He praised Leppert for working with Walmart.
"It could not have been accomplished without the support he has given this issue, and it shows that by working together, as we did work together, on cleaning up the community, the neighborhood wins," he said.