DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – People who live in the uptown area of Dallas said that they were blindsided by plans to build a Sam’s Club store in their neighborhood. The Trammel Crow Company is looking to place the new retail location near the intersection of Central Expressway and Haskell Avenue.
Store executives said that they are excited to have a chance to move into this area.
But many neighbors have said that the big box store is not welcome. And now, they are taking the fight to Dallas City Hall. Residents quickly put together a website and a petition against the new Sam’s Club store. So far, they have collected more than 1,000 signatures.
Opponents of the store held a meeting on Wednesday night, where they said that Sam’s Club has no place in this urban community. The group is worried about safety and road congestion, and said that they were promised shops, restaurants, hotels and apartments — a mirror of the upscale development on the the other side of the freeway.
“We feel very tricked, because what we were led to believe was walking-friendly small shops, restaurants and things like that,” said Jonas Park of the group opposed to the Sam’s Club store. “We really don’t want this.”
The Trammel Crow Company did not return calls seeking a comment on the push-back. Representatives from Sam’s Club said, “We’re excited to be a part of Trammel Crow’s East Village complex. Our Texas members have been loyal and enthusiastic supporters of the Sam’s Club brand and we look forward to expanding the Dallas market’s access to savings and member benefits.”
The city’s plan commission will look over the issue on Thursday.
Update 11:15 a.m. – CBS 11 has confirmed the city commission meeting planned for Thursday evening has been pushed back more than a month to July 10.
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