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Walmart to potentially build a Neighborhood Market in Airport Drive Village

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Walmart could soon add another location in the Four States at Airport Drive Village near Carl Junction, MO.

While officials have proposed plans, nothing is confirmed yet.

Some say a new Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market could impact the dynamics of the area.

The proposed market would be located at 25145 Airport Drive, across from Woody's Smokehouse BBQ.

"It's going to be more convenient," said Jaren Hulette, resident. "It's going to be smaller."

Mike Moss, mayor of Carl Junction, worked in the retail grocery business for 32 years.

He says the location near the intersection of Highway 171 and Route 43 could attract many customers.

"Wal-Mart has done its due diligence," Moss said. "They know that the money is there, and they know the traffic is coming through that new roundabout."

Moss says it would be interesting to see the impact a new Walmart Neighborhood Market would have to the existing area markets, including Harps and Price Cutter.

"Anytime you have competition, that drives your cost of food down because everybody wants that dollar," Moss said.

While it could hurt some businesses, Moss says it could help others.

"There are other businesses that want to be around the Walmart, so who knows what this could bring in," Moss said.

Some area residents like the added convenience a new Walmart store would bring.

"I think that would be a great idea," said John Suager. "I would shop there. It's close to home."

Others say there are already enough grocery shopping options available.

"I feel like we don't need another one," said Kennan Baker, Carl Junction resident.

Overall, Moss foresees the new market as a benefit to the area.

"It's going to give the residents of Carl Junction a better buy," Moss said. "It's going to drive the prices because it's going to create competition."

Plans regarding the proposed Walmart Neighborhood Market will be further discussed at the Airport Drive Village Board of Trustees meeting at the end of September.

The sales tax revenue from the proposed store would go to Airport Drive Village.
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