In August, debate sparked among Naperville Patch readers after Naperville City Council members voted unanimously to adopt a resolution that will give Walmart a sales tax incentive to relocate within the city.
Under the incentive, Walmart receives a sales tax rebate of $1.75 million over the course of 10 years to build a new supercenter at 75th Street and Beebe Drive.
After City Council members approved the final plans for the proposed Walmart Supercenter Tuesday, we asked the following question on the Naperville Patch Facebook page:
Do you think 75th Street and Beebe (across from Whole Foods) is a good location to put in a new Walmart?
The question generated a number of different, and passionate, responses from readers. Many are concerned about the added traffic a large retail store like Walmart will bring to the intersection while others believe it will help the local economy.
Here's what they had to say:
Deanna T: Thank god that one on 59 is closing- it is horrendous. It's dirty and needed some tlc!
Colleen: Yes, i'm excited I can shop locally instead of giving tax revenue to Plainfield!
Cathy: BAD idea. I don't like that Naperville gave them huge tax breaks worth millions to keep them.
Rich: Frankly, without consideration of the property they currently use and the tax break they don't need, I'd say no way.
Angela: No! It's too busy over there already, and I wouldn't use a Walmart in any case. Blech.
Jennifer: This is a shame! I need to move.
Deanna K.: What's To be done with the old building? I don't like vacant buildings. They also better change the light at Beebe as well the protected left is horrible!!!
Susan: Fantastic idea...creates jobs, not everyone in Naperville have their noses so high up in the air and don't cringe at the thought of working at Walmart. As far as the traffic goes, let's be real people, all of Naperville sucks when it comes to traffic.
What's your take on the issue? Is 75th Street and Beebe Drive an ideal location for a new Walmart Supercenter?