Walmart Rings Up Controversy Across KC Metro Area

Photo by Pavan Vangipuram, Missouri Business Alert

A sort of love-hate relationship with Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is playing out across the Kansas City metro area, as city leaders balance the prospect of higher sales taxes with complaints by neighbors.

A proposed Walmart Supercenter in Lee’s Summit was killed and resurrected by the City Council on Thursday, The Lee’s Summit Journal reports. The store would be built near the intersection of Missouri Highways 291 and 150.

The Shawnee City Council continues to hear from residents angry at its approval of a new Supercenter in western Shawnee, The Kansas City Star reports.

In both cases, nearby residents oppose the projects because of the large volume of traffic the Walmart stores will attract.

Read more from the Kansas City Business Journal


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