SURF CITY — Surf City’s town council on Nov. 6 unanimously approved plans for a Walmart Neighborhood Market, construction of which may begin as early as this year.
The planned 41,839-square-foot store, which is expected to bring about 90 new jobs to the community, typically takes about nine months to build, a Walmart official said last month.
Smaller than super centers, Walmart’s markets are grocery stores with pharmacies. The store in Surf City would be roughly 10,000 square feet smaller than the Harris Teeter in town.
The market will be built near the intersection of N.C. 210 and N.C. 50 on land previously intended to be the location of the Surf City Promenade, a proposed movie and family entertainment complex. The site already has infrastructure, including water, sewer and roads.
N.C. Department of Transportation is conducting a traffic study to determine whether a stoplight needs to be put on N.C. 210, town planner Todd Rademacher said during the board’s Wednesday night meeting.
Before the town council voted to approve Walmart’s plans, Mayor Zander Guy allowed residents to comment on the matter.
Resident Angela Sox said she doesn’t think the town needs another grocery store.
“I haven’t heard a lot of support for Walmart,” she said. “I think it spoils the image of our town. I think the competition is unneeded. I’m really surprised there is not more opposition to it.”
That’s been the case in Burgaw, where residents are fighting a proposed Walmart.
Burgaw’s planning board last month delayed a decision on the company’s application for a conditional use permit.
In other business, a majority of Surf City council members approved a new town ordinance allowing the operation of golf carts on town roads where the speed limit is 35 mph and lower.
Carts must be inspected and permitted each year by the Surf City Police Department. Drivers must be at least 18.
Citing safety concerns, Councilwoman Nelva Albury and Councilman Buddy Fowler voted against the ordinance.