Wal-Mart hearing is today
July 22, 2008
Today, the Summit County Commission will consider if Wal-Mart at 6545 N. Landmark Drive should expand to sell groceries.
Building the new Wal-Mart Supercenter would increase the size of the store by about 60 percent to 115,758 square feet.
A Wal-Mart public hearing before the Summit County Commission is scheduled July 23 at 4 p.m. at the Sheldon Richins Building at Kimball Junction.
Snyderville Basin Planning Commissioners Flint Decker, Claudia McMullin, Jeff Smith and Julie Baker recommended the County Commission approve a conditional use permit for the expansion. New Basin Planning Commissioner Bassam Salem abstained from voting July 8.
Hooker said the expansion and remodel would improve the appearance of the store.
"We are proposing a modern, updated façade that has been developed in coordination with county staff," Wal-Mart spokesman Kevin Loscotoff said in a prepared statement. "We will also enhance the interior to include a wider selection of the quality items that our customers have come to expect from us and new customer friendly features."
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Big-box stores were not strictly regulated by codes when Wal-Mart was approved at Kimball Junction in 1991. If the impacts are dealt with, the county cannot prevent store officials from increasing the building’s size, according to McMullin.
The final decision rests with the Summit County Commission.