Walmart store in the works for Bryan's west side

POSTED: Tuesday, July 24, 2012 - 4:36pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, July 25, 2012 - 5:35pm

BRYAN -- A Walmart could be coming to the west side of Bryan if the city decides to rezone approximately 50 acres of land near Harvey Mitchell Parkway and Villa Maria Road.

Lauren Holman spoke with the city today to find out how this new development could lead the way for other retailers in the future.

Texas A&M student, Christopher Zoeller, has been watching the Bryan-College Station area expand at a swift rate over the past five years.

"With A&M's 20-20 vision, the whole campus is under construction, so everything else is going to develop around that."

It's estimated that over the next five years more than 6,000 local jobs will be created just from the bio-corridor development.

Bryan Deputy City Manager, Joey Dunn, says they're hoping to capitalize on that growth and expand the west side of town.

"You look at the west side in both cities there is very little retail," said Dunn.

If approved by city council, approximately 50 acres near Harvey Mitchell and Villa Maria will be rezoned for a potential Walmart store, paving the way for other retailers.

"It's not just a Walmart," Dunn said. "We're talking about a regional center. I mean regional centers don't just occur without what we call an anchor and Walmart would be that but we're talking about multiple types of businesses."

And while Zoeller doesn't think a Walmart is needed quite yet, he understands the importance of planning for the future.

"I mean there's a lot of undeveloped land over here so it's just a matter of time."


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