Walmart to build in Oak Cliff

DMN City Hall reporter Rudolph Bush reports today that Walmart is planning three new stores in Dallas, including one on Fort Worth Avenue at Hampton.

It’s going to be one of the Neighborhood Market stores — groceries and pharmacy only. Walmart is the world’s largest grocer, and it’s the first grocer to move into Oak Cliff since alcohol sales became legal here in November.

Walmart is one of those polarizing companies. When I lived in San Antonio, the residents of Helotes fought tooth and nail to keep Walmart out of their town. I doubt anything like that will happen in Oak Cliff, where good grocers are few and far between.

The question is, where will Walmart go at Fort Worth and Hampton? There already are two groceries at that intersection — Minyard and Elrod’s Cost Plus. There also are two gas stations — Exxon and Shell. My guess is Walmart will go into the old Luby’s.

By |2011-02-22T15:42:58-05:00February 22nd, 2011|Business, Development, News|12 Comments

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  1. Frustrated February 25, 2011 at 9:24 AM

    This is going to be a classic case of: We will buy the property if the zoning gets changed so Walmart can do whatever they want with the property.
    Face reality here people…….
    Word on the street is they want to build a 1 acre store with a 3 acre parking lot and a 14 acre strip center…. All parking will be street side and non of this will fall into the established PD for Ft. Worth Ave.
    If we settle for this there, then whats next?
    For people to say in newspapers that “It’s not a Whole Foods or Central Market, but we will take it ” is absurd…… Thats comparing a WF and CM to WALMART.
    I say we wont take it, and lets step up to say:
    Follow the current zoning, follow the community’s lead and listen to the surrounding base for your store. Don’t get me wrong, this could be done as a new flagship for Walmart and make their press better…… BUT IT HAS TO BE DONE RIGHT and IN AN OPEN FORUM.

  2. John Rose February 24, 2011 at 5:32 PM

    @ Kathy, you are 100% correct. This Wal Mart will put everyone in the area out of business, from small donut shops to independent grocers. Soon after, they will be replaced with Dollar Stores, Cici pizza, and Golden Corral all you can eat buffet.

  3. John Rose February 24, 2011 at 5:25 PM

    This is awful news. Nothing but trash will follow. Tom Thumb pricing is not bad. If you insist on lower prices then shop at ‘discount’ grocery stores. In any industry, you get what you pay for. In Wal Mart’s case, go to KERA and search Wal Mart. This is not the type of big business we need in Oak Cliff.

  4. OCBlues February 24, 2011 at 11:24 AM

    I felt out and out betrayed when Albertson’s closed. The Tom Thumb is way to expensive and has too many overpriced national brands. Trying buying cheap cookies for the kids’ lunches there. Fiesta is where I shop. They have 8 different kinds of shrimp and live catfish and live blue crabs. Can Tom Thumb boast that? I recently bought a salmon filet at Fiesta for $8 when the same size filet would have run me $19 at the Thumb.

    My support for Walmart is below nil. I won’t set foot in that one, either.

  5. KG February 24, 2011 at 10:00 AM

    I agree with Stephen, Tom Thumb is a nice grocery store with no competition. I try to only get a few items there, and I never walk away without spending under $30.00. The Tom Thumb here has a monopoly on it’s customers, because there is nothing decent in the area. I sure miss Albertson’s!

  6. Tyler February 23, 2011 at 5:01 PM

    Let’s look on the bright side folks. While many of us don’t like this news and don’t shop at retailers like this, there are many in this area that might appreciate this kind of store opening down here, and it may convince other more progressive, neighborhood friendly, or locally owned retailers that this area is bankable and worth moving in to. I’m also not sure that a WF or CM are the answer either. They have their problems too.

  7. Stephen February 23, 2011 at 12:27 PM

    I am not thrilled with the idea of Walmart either, but like Bryan, I think development of this nature is generally good. I’m hoping it will spur some additional competition and drive down some of Tom Thumb’s prices, which seem to have spiked as much as 20% on some items recently. It would seem that this flurry of grocery store news supports the idea that beer and wine restrictions had been holding back these businesses from entering Oak Cliff.

    That Minyard is a dump…but based on Rachel’s comments, I may need to check out Elrod’s.

  8. SuLu February 23, 2011 at 11:05 AM

    Another article says it’s going at the vacant lot at FW Ave and Colorado (where they tore down the Colorado Place Apts.)

  9. Bryan February 23, 2011 at 10:15 AM

    The news is reporting that this will be a new construction site for Walmart, NOT an existing building like the old Luby’s. I too am not a fan of Walmart. Avoid it at all cost, and hate what they stand for. BUT, I guess one does have to look at the bigger picture every now and then. First, it’s NOT a full fledge Walmart, it’s the smaller grocery and pharmacy. Second, ANY development in the southern sector is an improvement from the MANY vacant lots we see dotting the North Oak Cliff landscape. If developers like INCAP would have sold the neighborhoods the truth years ago, maybe it would have been a nicer grocery. But instead, we are all in the boat of “take what you can get now, and hope it improves our demographics”.
    Regardless of how you feel, this could spur Minyard to revamping.

  10. Rachel Stone February 22, 2011 at 9:16 PM

    I don’t care for that Minyard, but I shop at Elrod’s Cost Plus all the time. Low prices, in-season produce, plus their shopper incentive program is called Elrod’s Special People’s Club, which makes me laugh.

  11. Scot February 22, 2011 at 8:46 PM

    I’d rather starve than step foot inside either Minyards or Cost Plus. You certainly don’t consider either a quality grocery store?

  12. Kathy Eisele February 22, 2011 at 8:37 PM

    that will be like a black spot of cancer to MY neighborhood! what can we do to stop this from happening? oak cliff is all about small mom and pop business and places like walmart are evil. i despise them so much that if one goes in, i change my route to and from work so that I won’t have to drive past it.

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