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Update on Roseville Wal-Mart Store

Parties working on land sale; ground-breaking still expected this spring.

Giant retail discounter Wal-Mart is on track to break ground some time this spring on its proposed 160,000 square-foot store for Roseville's Twin Lakes area, a city official said.

"They (Wal-Mart) are still moving ahead on clearing (title) and gertting the plat recorded," Community Development Director Pat Trudgeon said in an interview with Roseville Patch. "The project is still a go."

Currently, Wal-Mart is hammering out final details to buy a 14-acre site from Roseville Properties Management Co.  for the store.  The big-box shop would be built on a site that is bounded by County Road C, Cleveland Avenue, Twin Lakes Parkway and Prior Avenue.  

"We are trying to get the I's dotted and T's crossed," Mark Racone, vice-president at Roseville Properties Management, said this week. He added that Wal-Mart had recently submitted construction drawings for permit approval. 

Patch was unable to reach Wal-Mart officials for comment. 

Wal-Mart's imminent ground-breaking and arrival in Roseville has been controversial. The City Council last year was divided 3-2 on granting the discounter final plat approval and a citizens group unsuccessfully challenged the project. 

Among some citizens' objections to the Wal-Mart store is that it is going to create traffic congestion, cirme and doesn't fit the Twin Lakes neighborhood. 

As part of winning City Council approval, Wal-Mart has agreed- on a voluntary basis—to hire an off-duty police officer for three 8-hour days a week to help reduce the Roseville Police Department’s shoplifting calls for service.

To read other stories about the proposed Roseville Wal-Mart, click on to these reports: 

Environmental Exemption Granted for Roseville Wal-Mart Store Despite Citizens Group's Request  

Proposed Roseville Wal-Mart Store Gets Final Approval 

Wal-Mart to Hire Off-Duty Officers for Roseville Store 

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Mickey Turch February 17, 2013 at 09:28 PM
I think building a Walmart in Roseville is the worst decision ever made by the City Council. An article from the 2/8/13 "The Week" magazine states "Walmart is the largest private employer in the US - and has the most workers on public assistance. In 2007, Walmart shifted from regular shifts to flexible shifts, a change labor activists said was designed to force full-time workers to downgrade their status to part-time, so they would not qualify for health insurnace or other benefits. The result is that hundreds of thousands of Walmart employees rely on state benefits or Medicaid....One study estimated that Walmart workers cost taxpayers more than $1 billion every year. " The taxpayers are us. Until Walmart changes it's policies, we should not allow Walmart to build in Roseville. The owners are billionaires and can certainly afford to pay it's workers a wage that covers basic needs: food, clothing, housing, transportation, child care & health insurance. Mickey Turch - A Roseville resident
Renee February 18, 2013 at 03:20 AM
I'm relatively new to Roseville, but one thing I've noticed to be missing from the city is a co-op. I would love to see a food co-op open. I often drive to Minneapolis or St. Paul when I'm grocery shopping.
roger b hess jr February 18, 2013 at 02:07 PM
i'm not sure why wal-mart even reports shoplifting. from what i've read, they instruct their employees not to physically prevent a shoplifter from leaving the premises, and that wal-mart has even fired employees for touching a shoplifter. plus, when wal-mart sets their prices, they take theft into account so they have already covered the costs of shoplifting. roseville should follow the lead of chicago in this matter and set up a hotline where wal-mart can report shoplifting, but doesn't need an officer to come to the store to fill out a report, unless the shoplifter is still at the store and can be arrested.

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