What was once thought to be a forgone conclusion, the landing of a Wal-Mart Supercenter in central Garden Grove, is now another dead deal for the retail center at the corner of Brookhurst St. and Chapman Avenue.Ã‚Â For decades the city of Garden Grove has struggled to make the retail center become successful.Ã‚Â Thus far, nothing has worked.Ã‚Â The proposedÃ‚Â two story Wal-MartÃ‚Â was planned for the areaÃ‚Â of the vacatedÃ‚Â Vons Pavilions market on the south side of Chapman Avenue. OCR Story
At the July 18th public hearing on the proposed project more than 100 people protested the proposal and urged city officials to oppose the project.Ã‚Â
The proposed hearing on October 18th was cancelled after city planners were presented two weeks earlier with an unexpected scaled back version of the prior plan.Ã‚Â The OC Register reported on October 9th:
Wal-Mart has now decided to scale back the store to 105,000 square feet limited to one floor, instead of two.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“It was completely unexpected. City officials are concerned about Wal-Mart’s decisionÃ¢â‚¬Â said Karl Hill, senior planner.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“That building has been vacant for a while now,Ã¢â‚¬Â he said of the former supermarket that closed at the Chapman Avenue site. Ã¢â‚¬Å“We don’t like to see that because the city does lose tax dollars and it tends to negatively affect other businesses around it.Ã¢â‚¬Â
While Wal-Mart spokesperson John Mendez clamed to the Register that negative feedback from the community was not the reason for shuttering the project. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Although we wanted to be in the city of Garden Grove, this one does not make financial sense under current market conditions.Ã¢â‚¬Â
But an earlier statement from the Register’s October 9th story makes me think otherwise.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“This store will fit (more) comfortably in the urban environment,Ã¢â‚¬Â said John Mendez, a spokesman for the Arkansas retail giant.
Yeah, lets go with that.