Ellisville City Council members recently approved the construction of a McDonald's fast food restaurant, and now might face negotiations with what arguably is America's most controversial retailer.
The board approved plans earlier this month for the McDonald's, which would be located on the northwest corner of Manchester and Clarkson Roads, at the former site of a Shell gas station.
Now, the council must evaluate whether the potential sales revenue generated by a second Walmart in the area can justify likely objections, which in recent years, have almost become a recitative of American small-business owners.
The Ellisville proposal was delivered late September by Jim Sansone of the Sansone Group, who is asking for 17 acres along Manchester and Kiefer Creek roads, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Sansone said a Walmart in Ellisville would help push traffic into neighboring businesses and attract more residents as well as developers.
Sansone is likely to face ardent opposition from independent business owners, who have a track record for butting heads with the multi-billion dollar company; in a 2004 documentary titled, "Is Wal-Mart Good for America?," PBS recounts dozens of stories from the owners of "mom and pop" businesses around the U.S., virtually all of which suffered when the megastore opened.
The Post-Dispatch reports that Sansone said he's already acquired half the necessary property and is negotiating for the rest. Wal-Mart has not committed to the deal if in fact the permit is granted.
The proposal is likely to come up in discussions over the next six weeks as the council prepares the city's 2011 budget, which takes effect in January. The city council will discuss the budget publicly, including possible layoffs and reductions in service, over a series of town hall meetings.
The next town hall is at 7 p.m. tonight, Thursday, at the Parks Administration Building located in Bluebird Park at 225 Kiefer Creek Road in Ellisville.