Some residents welcome the Supercenter as an alternative to driving elsewhere to buy everyday needs. Others believe it will only drive other businesses out of town.
For months rumors abounded that Wal-Mart was planning to build a Supercenter in Winslow. On Oct. 6, a spokesman for the retail giant confirmed that a 158,067 square foot store is planned to open in spring of 2006. Rumors then switched to whether city officials knew about the proposed store and were hiding the news from citizens.
When the super store was announced Mayor Jim Boles and City Administrator John Roche said they did not have “official” meetings with the retail company and no plans were presented to the city.
Since the announcement, the City Council has been asked to enact a “big box” ordinance limiting the size of retail buildings. On Dec. 14, the council rejected the idea, 6-1. Meanwhile, the company overcame several hurdles regarding the land it purchased just north of the existing store.