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Proposed Wal-Mart Store, Good or Bad for Roseville?

Take our poll and leave your comments below.

After several months of hearings, modifications, challenges and delays, the proposed Wal-Mart Store for Roseville's Twin Lakes neighborhood won final plat approval earlier this month from the City Council.

The project has sparked controversy with opponents contending the new store doesn't comply with the city's comprehensive plan for the Twin Lakes area and will only generate traffic and congestion. But prroponents feel the project will help turn around a parcel of land that has been vacant and languishing for many years.

What do you think? Wll the arrival of a Wal-Mart store in Roseville be a good for the community? Or will it be a detriement? Take our poll and leave your comments.

As background, here are a few of the stories that Roseville Patch has had in recent months on the issue:

Mary Azzouzi July 30, 2012 at 10:15 PM
No, no, no and no!! Just read any data on what one of these stores does to the neighborhood/community it takes over. Poor paying jobs, lousy to no health insurance, very low quality products NOT made in America, higher crime/theft rates so it taxes the police dept.. This company does NO favors for the community around it. It will bring down our property values and attract a whole different clientele. Its all in the data and we need much more awareness in the general public!!
Bill July 30, 2012 at 11:18 PM
I like it... good competition for Target... competition is good for our retail society... plus, as a consumer I like Walmart prices so this is a good thing for me and other citizens of Roseville … for retail type work they pay fair (it is retail after all) employee wages ….and the land they are going to build on is ugly, hasn’t been developed for way to long and needs something positive like a Walmart Store… plus it’s a great location, easy off and easy on the highways.
Mark Ryan July 31, 2012 at 12:44 AM
I'll shop there! I think a lot of other area residents will too!
Sam July 31, 2012 at 01:02 AM
Does anyone know if this will be one of their open 24 hours a day store?
Scott Carlson July 31, 2012 at 01:52 AM
Sam, I'll try to find out if this one will be a 24 hours or not. I'll do an update or respond in this comment stream.
Sue Triebenbach July 31, 2012 at 03:58 PM
I don't care for Walmart's quality and its business practices of requiring other businesses to cut corners and quality of their work in order for their products to be sold at WalMart. I suspect it will add to the traffic congestion on 35W and the exit and entrance ramps there....The only good thing is--perhaps--a place for people to park their RV's when they need a good night's rest. I do look forward to more Minnesota WalMart Photos being passed around on E-mail....hummm....watch out for the cameras!
Gary Kwong July 31, 2012 at 06:27 PM
I will shop there. No one who decides to apply for a job there, accepts an job offer, and works there will be forced to do so. They will have a job. The prices at Wal-Mart are paid by those who chose to pay them for the quality of the product that they desire.
Mark Vitelli July 31, 2012 at 07:25 PM
Has the city even considered the impact to the traffic and congestion to an area that already struggles to handle the traffic that flows through now? Given their history, I am left to assume the answer is "no". It's really too bad this is happening. We could have had Costco instead we get this....there go the property values. Hire some extra police officers now so they are ready when the place opens.
Mark Vitelli July 31, 2012 at 07:26 PM
There are 2 Wal-Marts within 3 miles of the Roseville Target already. Costco (which wanted to build on the same site) is also retail and pays their employees a much better wage and has way fewer police calls to their stores. Other than those inconvenient facts, this is a great decision by the city council.
Pat Alexander July 31, 2012 at 10:11 PM
The parking lot needs a major redesign. Those trees ( they'll never happen anyway) don't accommodate snow removal at all. Rain water runoff holdings ponds? See any? Roseville's Target Superstore has more. That parking lot is a pie in the sky design but will never go down that way. Wait and see.
Scott Carlson August 01, 2012 at 04:18 PM
Parking for these big box stores is always a big issue. A lot of land is devoted to it.
Dan Roe August 03, 2012 at 03:10 PM
To clarify a couple of observations: The city has considered traffic for this proposal, as well as future development of the rest of the area with higher-density residential and office uses. That traffic analysis led to the requirements for several improvements to the surrounding road system, many of which are paid for by the developer, either in whole or in part, as part of this project. The traffic of a Costco store would be comparable to this proposal, and the traffic for this site is just part of the overall traffic picture that has been analyzed. The parking on the concept layout shown here may or may not meet the City requirements, but that will be considered during other approval steps for the project, as various permits are applied for. The parking lot that is built must ultimately meet City code standards, and the site overall must meet City and Rice Creek Watershed requirements, among others, for stormwater management and other environmental regulations. The proposed store has been discussed to be a 24 hour operation.
Darci Bontrager August 09, 2012 at 08:00 PM
Roseville is the home of the first Target and I am proud to tell people that. Let's keep Roseville a proud Target community.
Katt Deene September 10, 2012 at 02:00 PM
I'll shop WalMart! Target needs some serious competition and they do not hold an upper hand to WalMart in business practices. IMO both pursue the same agenda. Even though I attended the grand opening of the original Target store, I have no loyalty to them as they have no loyalty to their employees or shoppers either.
Ellen Vondrashek November 02, 2012 at 09:38 PM
I do not support the business practices of the Walmart Co and believe the store would not contribute to making that area a better place for the city of Roseville. I would much prefer a Costo store on that land.
Drake Anderson February 18, 2013 at 04:48 PM
If anyone needs to shop shop at a Wal Mart bad enough, they can make a 5-10 minute drive to either St Anthony or University & Snelling to do their shopping. Those stores are already competing for Roseville resident's disposible income
linda sina April 25, 2013 at 01:09 AM
I also do not care for their business practices--Why again was Costco turned down? something about being a big box store? I shop there and love it! Walmart NEVER!
Rose Mary May 08, 2013 at 03:04 PM
If a large box retail store had to set up, I'd much prefer Lowe's. At least then customers would be improving their homes and community. With a Wal-mart, I think we will have to say good bye to the small stores in the community. What a shame. An improvement to our community would have been to build a retail situation like West End, offering boutique and unique shopping options. Any town can host a Wal-mart. Our city leaders just put a nail in the city's coffin with this 'improvement' to Roseville.
Rose Mary May 08, 2013 at 03:07 PM
This is NOT a win for the city. I completely agree with Mary's comments above.

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