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Mixed feelings shared on Hopkins Co. Walmart move

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It may be only a mile and a half down the road from the current Walmart, but local community members have mixed feelings about seeing a new Walmart in the old York Plant. It may be only a mile and a half down the road from the current Walmart, but local community members have mixed feelings about seeing a new Walmart in the old York Plant.
HOPKINS CO., KY (WFIE) -

Planning has begun on relocating Walmart to an empty factory, and there are mixed feelings about this move. 

Walmart officials are talking about moving into the old York Plant, but there's many community members that hope other locations are considered.

It may be only a mile and a half down the road from the current Walmart, but local community members have mixed feelings about seeing a new Walmart in the old York Plant.

"My only objection would be the traffic, the congestion that it'll cause," local resident, Dwight Oakley said. 

Oakley is one of several residents who live in the subdivision across the street from where the new Walmart will be. He says the amount of traffic in the area would drastically increase.

"Where the intersection would go where you would turn into Walmart, it actually goes from four lanes to two lanes right there at that intersection. So I think before they could do something like that they would definitely need to do some road work there," Oakley said.

Walmart officials say they're moving to this 345 thousand square foot facility because the current building is due for remodeling, and a new site is best for the customers.

Local salon manager Kim Cartwright says with Walmart moving to a more visible area off the parkway, the area will be much more congested.

"I think it's going to be a good move, but they're going to have to work on traffic. That's our biggest concern is where are all these cars going to go," Cartwright said.

Both Oakley and Cartwright agree that having Walmart closer to them would have its perks.

"We are excited on the other hand about the traffic flow to see the business," Cartwright said.

"It would be convenient. Obviously everybody goes to Walmart sometime or the other," Oakley said.

Along with residents, the City of Madisonville is concerned with the location. They say the old York Plant is a valuable industrial building that could be used for a potential new business.

Another possible location they've discussed is the Midtown Commons.

Walmart officials expect the new location to open in 2015. There's no indication of whether the City of Madisonville or Walmart will continue to discuss the possibility of a new location. 

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