GREENSBORO, N.C. — Some residents who live near the Quaker Village shopping center are protesting a soon to be next door neighbor — Walmart.
“We don’t want to see a Walmart put up in Quaker Village,” said Lauren Massengale who lives across the street from the center.
She has been canvassing businesses at Quaker Village with flyers fighting against the chain-store in an area mostly home to mom and pop stores.
“This is where I’m from,” Massengale said. “I’ve lived here all my life. I want to support these businesses not some huge corporation.”
She and other residents have started an online petition with more than 100 signatures.
They’ll send it to the property owner, Aston Properties, telling them they’re concerned about adding more traffic and noise to West Friendly Avenue.
Homeowners like Lara Bryant say a major chain store wouldn’t be a good fit in the residential area.
“Quaker Village is a very quaint shopping center with a lot of history,” Bryant said. “I just feel like the big corporation of Walmart wouldn’t be the best solution here.”
In February, Walmart announced plans to open a 41,000-square-foot Walmart Neighborhood Market by the end of the year.
The building will be one fourth the size of one of their supercenters.
The store will be a new neighbor some businesses are welcoming with open arms.
“We’re hoping it’s a good impact,” said Johnny Mejicanos, manager of Carolina’s Diner.
Mejicanos says a mega-store like Walmart may bring in extra foot traffic to the shopping center and hopefully more customers.
“If Walmart’s going to help us increase sales, help us create more revenue, I’m all for it,” he said.