Just as Walmart wraps up one fight to build a new store in Cibolo, the corporate giant is about to enter the ring again.
Plans are in the works to build a new store on the city's North Side off of I-10 and Boerne Stage Road near the Dominion.
San Antonio District 8 City Councilman Ron Nirenberg said he recently learned about a developer's plans to build a Walmart on the land.
"What's planned from Walmart is a 150,000-square-foot store, from what we've been told," Nirenberg said. "We've got a developer out there that is proposing to build a major store on a section that has been planned for major commercial development for some time."
Nirenberg said the land is already zoned for commercial use, but residents in surrounding neighborhoods have been contacting him with their concerns.
Aside from the normal concerns about affecting property values, one of the major reasons people are worried about the Walmart is how it will affect traffic in an already congested area.
Joseph Naffah lives about a mile from the proposed site. He's not against Walmart building there but he said traffic is already a big problem without one.
"I think the traffic is going to get really packed here. That's the only thing that's really going to disturb me: it's going to be really crowded" Naffah said. "I don't think the street infrastructure is going to hold all the traffic that (store) is going to bring."
Nirenberg said some of the traffic troubles in the area are being addressed by an ongoing TxDOT project but he's already holding meetings with neighborhoods and the developer to address the concerns.
"People have a right to be concerned but we should operate with a fair process and that's what we're trying to do," Nirenberg said. "If we can get everybody at the same table and understand that's the goal we're all working towards, we can identify what are the concerns and mitigate those concerns and right now the big one is traffic because it's already a mess out there."
Joe Van Arsdall owns a bike shop near the proposed site and frequently rides his bike on the roads near the proposed store. He said the local traffic will increase regardless if Walmart or someone else builds on the land.
"Traffic out here is already crazy anyway and it's just going to get crazier," Van Arsdall said. "It's not going to keep me off my bike I can tell you that for sure. I'll still ride out here, I'll just be in a little bit more traffic that's all."
When asked about its plan to build a new store, Walmart's Director of Communications Anne Hatfield said, "We are always looking to best serve our customers in San Antonio. Currently we have nothing to announce."
Councilman Nirenberg said he will continue to hold meetings with the affected communities and the developer as the project moves forward.
"We want to make sure that before anything happens that we mitigate those traffic impacts in a way that has a good outcome for the community," Nirenberg said. "We want to make sure that when those plans are actually executed that they're doing so in a way that doesn't have a negative quality of life impact for people in that area."