As the Walmart Store at Arapaho & Coit nears completion (with a projected opening date of early summer 2015), I thought those of you who live in the area might want to see Walmart’s answers to questions that were asked by residents in the surrounding neighborhoods.Sandy GreysonCouncil Member, District 12
Questions and Answers:
Can the signage at the center be smaller?
The existing sign will remain, per the owner. However, we are not adding any new signs, we are simply adding panels to what is on the site now.
Can we limit the store hours?
This has been a topic of conversation several times with Operations due to the neighborhood concerns about a 24-hour store. Right now, we plan to operate 24 hours per day. It is Walmart's experience that customers expect the flexibility a 24-hour store provides.
What are the delivery hours?
Due to the residential adjacency to the north, deliveries are not permitted between 10 PM and 7 AM.
Will the store have shopping cart containment?
Per the recommendation of the neighbors, cart containment is proposed for this site.
Will there be bike racks?
Yes. There will be bike racks per the city of Dallas green building code.
Can we use trees other than live oaks due to black grackles?
Yes. We have limited the use of live oaks in the landscaping. They are proposed to be used in locations and in a quantity that will not increase bird presence around cars and pedestrians. Live oaks are a native Texas tree and one of the few large evergreen species available for urban landscaping in North Texas. We will use other native trees such as red oaks and elms to create a healthy mix for the landscaping at Coit Road.
Do we sell pornography?
How do we handle trash, panhandling and other operational issues?
Walmart is committed to being a good partner. Our success depends upon our interaction with the community to meet their needs. Once the store opens, management will be available to meet with neighbors and address any concerns, such as trash or panhandling, that may arise. Kellie Duhr Gonzales, Director of Public Affairs for Walmart, will personally introduce the neighborhood to the store manager once we are closer to the grand opening.
In addition, Walmart has reduced waste in our U.S. operations by more than 80 percent. That means we have redirected 80 percent of the waste from our stores going to a landfill. The reduction, which brings Walmart closer to our goal to create zero waste, has the potential to prevent 11.8 million metric tons of CO2 emissions annually.
Our waste reporting system focuses on three core areas:
Recycling cardboard, paper, aluminum, plastic bags and roughly 30 other items through the Super Sandwich Bale (SSB) program. Items not eligible for the SSB, including wood pallets, polystyrene plastic and apparel, are sent to our return centers for reuse or recycling.
Donating healthy, nutritious food to food banks around the country.
Creating animal feed, energy or compost from expired food and other organic products, following the U.S. EPA's food waste hierarchy.
Is this a ground lease?
If we vacate, are there any restrictions we have in place prohibiting other grocers from taking our space?
In the unlikely event that Walmart closes, generally speaking, there will be no grocery restriction on the site (this includes the out lots).
How many parking spaces?
There are 390 spaces on the Walmart lease tract, which is a 4.23 ratio.
What is the truck route?
Large trucks (Walmart), will enter off Arapaho and back into the truck docks and then exit back out onto Arapaho.