A vote on the possibility of a Walmart Neighborhood Market in Conway may finally come during a special meeting by the Conway Planning Commission Monday.
The meeting will take place at 7 p.m. Monday, June 4 in the Community Room of the Conway Police Department. This will follow a pre-meeting of the commission, which will take place at 6 p.m. in the conference room of City Hall.
The commission agreed to table the proposal in March, which would place a Walmart grocery store on Prince Street next to the First Presbyterian Church and down the street from the new Conway High School. The company asked the commission to hold the proposal in committee until May, but during the May meeting, the proposal was postponed once again until June 4.
Many in attendance in the March meeting were opposed to the business. The commission spent about two hours discussing the ramifications of bringing in the business and the parameters that would be set, including leaving it open 24 hours a day, and decided to table any proposal while the applicants and the church could come to several agreements.
Walmart officials have changed the landscaping proposal after talking with members of the church, including using a dedication of funds for the church to enhance landscaping on the boundary of its property and Farris Road. Walmart has also submitted its construction times, which would be 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1-7 p.m. on Sunday.
There are still residents opposed to the site, stating that a Kroger Marketplace is only a few blocks down the road, and more traffic would be inevitable on the street, which many think should be more of a residential area.
If the Planning Commission approves the request, the proposal will move to the Conway City Council as soon as the June 12 meeting.