Readers Respond to New Naperville 75th Street Walmart

We asked readers how they felt about the proposed Walmart Supercenter to be built at 75th Street and Beebe Drive. Here's what they had to say.

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? 


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mike October 08, 2012 at 09:20 PM
Jim Smith, how much sales tax will be LOST due to declining sales at other nearby stores? If you are going to play that angle, you have to go all the way with it. Of course, Walmart will use the threat that those lost sales are inevitable since they'll just build one town over, but the impact would surely be somewhat less. This is the game they play. I'd be willing to let them go right ahead. I don't think Aurora is a model we want to emulate.
Jim Smith October 09, 2012 at 11:08 PM
mike, would you prefer that some other town got the sales tax revenue?
Jim Smith October 09, 2012 at 11:11 PM
mike said: "Jim Smith, do you live in Naperville? I ask because you don't seem to care about the documented negative impact Walmarts have on their surroundings. " Yes, I do live in Naperville. And I see no big difference between having a Wal-Mart and two dozen small retailers that a struggling to stay in business - and charge higher prices, don't offer health care to their employees, and don't offer career paths to their employees either. I was smart enough NOT to buy next to an area zoned for commercial/retail use.
Jim Smith October 09, 2012 at 11:13 PM
mike said: "Jim Smith, how much sales tax will be LOST due to declining sales at other nearby stores? " First, you assume that the sales tax will be lost at other stores. That's not valid. A lot of people shop at Wal-Mart already, so THAT sales tax would definitely be lost if they move. Second, why should consumers be forced to pay higher prices and have less selection? Forcing people to buy only from small stores (with higher prices) is a form of tax.
Jim Smith October 10, 2012 at 12:09 AM
mike said: "Jim Smith, we don't live in a laissez-faire society. There's no reason to encourage harmful business practices. If a business evolves into something we don't like, then blocking it is perfectly viable." I like Wal-Mart, but I don't like your employer or any company that employs any of your family or friends. So I guess we should ban those employers too.


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