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Proposed Walmart causing concern for north Murfreesboro residents

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MURFREESBORO, TN (WSMV) -

Murfreesboro already has two Walmart stores with two more being proposed. Some residents on the north side of town would rather not have it, claiming it will increase traffic and change their way of life.

"It has grown rapidly; this was a pasture with horses when I moved here," said Zulene Wood, a resident of the Haynes Haven subdivision.

Wood has lived in the subdivision for 26 years. She's now concerned about a Walmart being proposed just up the street.

"It's going to definitely caused more traffic confusion, because Highway 231 (Memorial Boulevard) is already hard to get onto from here," Wood said.

If approved the 18,000-square-foot store will be built north of the Murfreesboro Airport on 17 acres off busy Memorial Boulevard.

Already people living in the subdivision have difficulties making a left turn onto Memorial. There is no traffic light, only a stop sign.

"A lot of days I go around the block rather than making a left," Wood said.

Nearby residents already call the center turn lane a suicide lane because traffic has to merge onto Memorial.

Tractor-trailers even bring traffic to a halt when backing into businesses.

Some would rather see Walmart open a neighborhood market in the old Publix location on Memorial between Northfield Boulevard and Sulphur Springs Road.

"Memorial Boulevard is already busy anyway; I don't see it adding to the traffic," said Robert Brown Jr., who lives in Haynes Haven.

Brown is all for the new superstore.

"It'll be good for the community having a Walmart on this side of town, because (right now) I have to go all the way to Old Fort or the Rutherford location," Brown said.

Walmart, through its local public relations company, Lovell Communications released a statement regarding the proposed Walmart:

"Walmart is excited to provide new options for Murfreesboro residents who want more convenient access to fresh groceries, and we think the north side location will be a welcomed option. It will also create estimated 300-350 jobs – not including jobs that will be created from the building's construction."

Wood is hoping if the store is approved, Walmart will make improvements to ease the worries of residents.

"We will definitely need a light," Wood said.

The 17 acre lot is already zoned commercial. The planning commission will review the site plans for the Walmart at its Nov. 21 meeting.

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