A public information meeting has been set for 5 p.m. Wednesday to hear details of a Walmart Neighborhood Market proposed for the Clara Baker property on Prince Street between Pompe Park and the First Presbyterian Church.
The meeting will be in the Conway High School Cafeteria at 2300 Prince St.
The location is being considered for a 40,000 square-foot store, a quarter of the size of the two SuperCenters in Conway.
According to a Walmart website, the market concept provides “a quick and convenient shopping experience for customers who need groceries, pharmaceuticals, and general merchandise.”
These smaller stores are meant to “woo shoppers with easier parking, less crowded aisles and quicker checkout.”
The property is currently zoned R-1 and it is likely Walmart would request rezoning as a Planned Unit Development (PUD).
A fueling station is not yet in the discussion but may be part of the complex, said Bryan Patrick, Conway’s director of planning and development.
Rudimentary drawings show Farris Road extended across Prince Street, ending in a cul-de-sac at the rear of the new building, providing new access streets into the First Presbyterian Church and Conway High School property.
The Tucker Creek walking trail from Pompe Park would likely be extended to reach into high school property, Patrick said.
Similar stores carry a full line of groceries, including fresh produce, frozen foods, meat and dairy products, organic items, stationery, paper goods, pet products, hardware items, a bakery, a deli with prepared foods, a one-hour photo center and a drive-through pharmacy.
First opened in 1998, there are now 167 Walmart Neighborhood Markets, each employing about 95 associates.
(Staff writer Becky Harris can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and 505-1234.)