Wal-Mart in High Ridge
UFCW Local 655 has been fighting Wal-Mart expansions for a while now. As reported in the media, the latest battle is over a proposed SuperCenter in Jefferson County at Highway 30 and High Ridge Blvd.
This location is only five miles away from two other existing regular Wal-Mart stores, at Gravois Bluffs in Fenton, and in House Springs. More to the point, there are several union-staffed grocery stores also within a five mile radius of the proposed Supercenter, which would include groceries.
I'm glad to see some serious opposition to Wal-Mart in Jefferson County. However, I'm less heartened by the reasoning given by the Planning Commission for denying the permit:
not enough parking!
Apparently they've only planned for 915 parking spaces. Zoning requires 950.
Somehow, I think THF Realty will find a way to shoehorn an additional 35 spaces onto the site, whatever it takes.
Clearly, this battle ain't over.
But at the same time, it's not exactly the way an urbanist would want to stop Wal-Mart.
Would the city's living wage ordinance apply, I wonder, if Wal-Mart planned to come here?