Wal-Mart wants to move into Chanhassen

  • Article by: TOM MEERSMAN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 25, 2011 - 4:05 PM

Citizens are raising concerns about whether another large retailer is needed and how it might affect traffic and smaller businesses.

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creamsodaOct. 26, 11 8:39 AM

"negatively affect 'local home-grown businesses'"...So let's prevent the community from spending their money how they might want to. I like how it's ok if mom-n-pop get rich off the community, but no one else can.

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nixorqqOct. 26, 11 9:13 AM

Wal-mart is a terrible, terrible, terrible corporation. You clearly have no idea what you're talking about.

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allmineOct. 26, 11 9:18 AM

Bring it on!! It's ok to have a Target, Office Max, Caribou Coffee, Cub, etc there but not a Walmart??? Last time I checked, those other ones I mentioned are all corporate entities---why are we favoring them vs Walmart?? Chanhassen wants to be this "big city" yet people don't want this? Come on---ridiculous.

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mrdurdenumdOct. 26, 1110:06 AM

nixorqq, please describe, in detail, how they're any better than Target.

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chanfirstOct. 26, 1110:31 AM

Please consider supporting the petition drive for rezoning on Chanhassenfirst.org I dont know that everyone is completely opposed to WM--the location simply doesnt make sense for our community. Next to Riley Creek? On a two lane road with 2 entrances? A building with the backside facing Highway 5? What about the foot traffic that takes advantage of Powers to Lake Ann?

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aasenjrOct. 26, 1110:37 AM

The problem is with their choice of a site and inadequate infrastructure, especially as far as looking at the site access. ALL site access will be off a 2-lane divided City Street with inadequate turn lanes to accomodate the amount of traffic a store like this will generate. The site is the S.W. corner of State Highway 5 & Powers Blvd (both 4-lane divided highways, neither of which will allow any access to traffic volumes, speeds, policy & geometrics) thus only allowing access off Park Road, currently a narrow 2-lane City Street through a quiet commercial/industrial area. There are many better locations within Chanhassen for a development like Wal-MART, site locations. I would suggest sites along the New Highway 212 just a mile to the South which would allow great access and provide opportunities for other future developments to continue the growth.

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rickperry1Oct. 26, 11 1:37 PM

If you do not live in Chanhassen. Your viewpoint does not matter. I live about 1 mile from the site and this would be a true travesty. That intersection could not handle a large department store. Jobs, no, it would not help the city. I hate Wal Mart and what they do to communities. creamsoda and Allmine, find another article to write about.

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butchie57Oct. 26, 11 2:16 PM

Don't do it Chanhassen!!!!

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funkycoldOct. 26, 11 2:40 PM

the fact that Target is a Minnesota Company is reason enough...must be a transplant

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frozensolidOct. 26, 11 2:41 PM

That location is insane. It's busy enough on 5. I live in Chanhassen. I can drive to Walmart in Eden Prairie.

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