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Cibolo residents concerned with plans to build Super Walmart

Possible plans for construction are across from elementary school


SAN ANTONIO - Some people who live in the city of Cibolo are up in arms about a proposed Walmart that could be built right across from an elementary school.

They're concerned about the proposed location and the congestion a store like Walmart could bring.

Plans are calling for a new store at the intersection of Cibolo Valley drive and Borgfield Road, across from Wiederstein Elementary.

"It's a tiny space on a two lane road and to widen that out, to put that burden on the residents who are right along the school where we have our kids walk is completely unacceptable," said Annette Kampman, who lives in Cibolo.

Jennifer Hartman, the mayor of Cibolo, said the area of land where the proposed Walmart would go is commercially zoned. She said the city is working hard to make sure if a Walmart is built, it will not negatively impact the quality of life for residents.

"I don't the big box is as important as the quality of life. [We want] bring a quality product to our community and blend in with our community," said Hartman.

But for some residents, the idea of a big box store being so close to their homes just doesn't sit well with them.

"To take this small street right behind us and make it a six lane highway next to a school is not thinking safely," said Stephen Kampman.

Hartman said the city is in the process of negotiations, and Walmart has not yet purchased the property at this point.

A townhall meeting will be held on Monday, July 1, to discuss a Walmart potentially coming to Cibolo. It will be at 7:00 p.m.

Walmart issued a statement on Friday, saying "We are working with the city to bring more convenient shopping options and jobs to Cibolo. We think a store here will be a solution to those who need a job or need convenient access to fresh foods."


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