Proposed Walmart market in North Biloxi has some supporters

Proposed Walmart market in North Biloxi has some supporters

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - A little more than a week ago, plans for another Walmart Neighborhood Market went to the city of Biloxi's Development Review Committee. The plan is to put the new store on Popp's Ferry Road near Cedar Lake Road. And, so far, the news has been fairly well received by residents and property owners.

The planned Neighborhood Market would be the third on the coast. There's one in D'Iberville, and one on Pass Road in Biloxi, which has been a blessing to those who prefer to do their grocery shopping closer to home.

"It's just more convenient," said Patsy Johnson of Biloxi. "Everything's fresh here, and we find more here than in the bigger stores."

Added Glendon Johnson: "Most of what we buy from Walmart is in stock here. And they even have a drug store, which we surely use at our age."

Veniece Hobby of Biloxi lives just around the corner and can walk to the store.

"I was actually waiting for it to open, because it's closer and that's so much better because I get my daily exercise here. It's smaller and I don't like big hustle and bustle. It's perfect."

That fits right in with the Neighborhood Market theme. The new Arbor Landing apartments, scheduled to open in August 2015, are just a stroll away from the proposed Walmart property. In addition, the development will also have a gas station nearby.

But it's not just the location. The prospect of smaller crowds is also appealing to residents.

"It saves a little traffic," said Doug Hatcher of D'Iberville. "You know how the big Walmart is jammed all the time. So, it gets a little time consuming, I guess."

But, for some, there may not be any benefit.

"For some people it's a good idea," said Sydne Reeves of Biloxi. "And for others, it depends on how much money you want to spend because the prices are more expensive."

The development is good news for at least one property owner.

Johnny Money's family owns 20 acres near the site.

"We're excited about the density that's going to add to the area," he said. "Popp's Ferry is a growing, thriving street with a lot of traffic and a lot of business opportunities, so we're excited as a family."

It's not clear how many trees will be cut on the site, but city officials say the project will likely require a tree hearing.

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