No Update From Walmart on Groundbreaking in Menifee

A Walmart Supercenter has been approved for this site next to Interstate 215 at Scott Road.
As far as city officials are concerned, Walmart is still coming to Menifee -- in at least one, perhaps two, locations.

The proposed site in the north part of town is still in the preliminary planning stages, however, and Walmart officials have made no announcement about groundbreaking for an approved site on the south end of Menifee.

Jeff Wyman, economic development director for the City of Menifee, said he still expects to see construction of a Walmart Supercenter at the corner of Scott and Haun Roads, bordering the west side of Interstate 215. There has been no sign of development of that 30-acre parcel since the project was approved by Menifee voters in June of 2011, however.

Walmart's corporate offices did not return requests by Menifee 24/7 for an update on the project, which remains one of the most asked questions by our readers.

"It has essentially been approved," Wyman said. "My understanding is that Walmart is working through the last bit of litigation. There's no construction going on, but there are always things happening in the background."

Wyman did not elaborate on those developments -- or lack thereof -- or any pending litigation, which sometimes is involved in the completion of such large projects.

The complex, approved by 76 percent of the voters in the Measure C ballot measure in 2011, would include a 205,000-square-foot Walmart Supercenter in a shopping center format that would also include gas stations, fast-food restaurants and other businesses. All this would be built on what is now an open field between the freeway off-ramp at Scott Road and Haun Road to the west.

Opponents of the project cite the increase in traffic to an already congested two-lane freeway bridge at Scott Road. All avenues surrounding the proposed site are only one lane each way. The Scott Road bridge is part of a long-term plan for road improvements, on which residents will be updated during a public forum scheduled for April 30 at 5 p.m. at City Hall.

Walmart officials also did not return requests for information on a second site on which the store chain has discussed plans for another Menifee store. This location would be in an open field to the north of McCall Blvd., adjacent to the east side of the 215.

"That project is moving forward, but it's a long process," Wyman said. "Something like that is usually a two- to four-year process. It's a fairly new location for them and that project would still be in the conceptual design stage. The city is also working diligently to solve some road issues."

Could Menifee support two Walmart stores?

"They foresee a demand for it, and I agree," Wyman said. "They are looking at the growth in this area."




9 Comments:

  1. GOOD! We don't want the Walmart anyway. The only reason fools voted for it was because of false promises.

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    1. The only reason fools voted against it was they are uninformed.

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  2. I am one of the many who voted for at least one super walmart in the menifee area and I have encouraged everyone I know to continue to vote for and support this project. Those who oppose have a right to do so, but they are only thinking of themselves. Seniors who do not drive very much would greatly benefit from a SuperWalmart and the shopping center which would add to tax revenue as well as much needed employment opportunities for all ages in our area. It is a win win situation.

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    1. Good points. I agree

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    2. As a fellow senior I will never shop at WalMart. They treat customers like crap and the prices are actually more expensive than the SuperTarget. The quality of the cheaper stuff is just that, terrible quality and cheap. Help yourselves and don't shop WalMart. I live near the area they are planning on building and I am know the crime is going to increase because it is a fact that crime has increased in the surrounding areas of every walmart that has ever opened. That's why I moved out here and now I'm going to have to move again once it opens.

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    3. Some are never happy with what they have. Good luck on your next move,it might be the one you are looking for.

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  3. Would love to see a Super Walmart off Haun Rd. The Lake Elsinore Walmart is old and doesn't have a selection.. never feels like the store is clean either in a strange kind of way. Walmart off Hot Springs isn't bad, but sometimes the traffic is a nightmare. Hemet is definately out of the way! I do like the selection and cleanliness of Super Target (with the exception of their shopping carts having trash in them at times) but their prices seem to be a bit high in comparison. So yes, it would be nice.

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    1. I AGREE..............COME ON WALMART.......LETS ROLL!!!!!!

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  4. WalMart has 350 stores empty across US. They build two close together and become their only competition after wiping out the old towns and family stores your neighbors stores. Then, they leave the extra building empty as everyone chose one store or the other. They only have to pay one set of employees and one electric bill. They wiped out the downtowns and their other store. The government gives them money to sit the one store closed. The environment continues to put out extra heat from the concrete and huge building. So the weather continues to freeze in the east and drought in the West while you voters caused climate change from more hot sheets of concrete. Hey buddy the traffic around Haun and Scot is already a nightmare wait til this environmental destruction hits. Without the environment you wouldn't be here with your over consuming choices of meat eating and auto trips and heathen holiday discelebrations.

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