Less than 4 months after their grand opening, the plans for an expanded Wal-Mart are available for review.
6 & 7 Developments (developer of choice for Wal-Mart in Canada) originally submitted an application to build a regional power centre in Guelph in 1995. There was considerable public discussion on whether the corner of Woodlawn Road and Woolwich Street was the appropriate location for a big box retail mecca.
After a decision by the 2003-2006 City Council and Mayor and a protracted Ontario Municipal Board hearing, approval was given and the bulldozers moved in.
Now Wal-Mart wants to get bigger. Plans have just been released showing the application for the expansion.
What do you think? Should the Wal-Mart store grow? If so, should it be a “green building”? What should the expansion look like? Do you want the expanded Wal-Mart to sell groceries? How many more big box stores do you want in that location? How is the traffic in the area?
We invite your comments here on what promises to be a much debated topic.