West Louisville Walmart project not dead yet

West Louisville Walmart project not dead yet

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The fight to bring Walmart to Louisville's West End isn't over yet.

Councilmembers on Monday joined community leaders at 18th and Broadway where the retail giant planned to build.

The company announced in October it was no longer pursuing the project after a multi-year lawsuit held up zoning.

The announcement was aimed at bringing awareness to a new petition to convince Walmart to reconsider its decision to pull out of the project.

"We want Walmart as much as anything in the world," Councilman Kelly Downard said.

A bipartisan effort made direct pleas to the company.

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"We need a groundswell of people here in the community and outside of this community to come together and say this is what we want," Councilwoman Mary Woolridge said.

"There is a sense of urgency and we are sick of being complacent," Councilwoman Jessica Green added.

The petition hopes to get 30,000 signatures.

"I think the lawsuit was definitely a major impact," Council President David Yates said. "I think there are other things."

Yates said the company is still talking to city leaders who have even gone as far as discussing incentives.

"Walmart needs to be a good corporate citizen, and it's needed," Yates said. "It's absolutely needed. We're in a food desert."

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Rev. Kirk Bush of Harrods Creek Baptist Church started the petition. He said while his church is in the far eastern part of the city, he was born and raised in West Louisville.

"The people of West Louisville have long hoped for an opportunity such as this," Bush said. "An opportunity that can be the catalyst of continued economic growth and development to restore what was once a community thriving with successful businesses."

Bush and others said they haven't given up yet.

"We need something here positive," he said. "We need to give people hope. Hope goes a long way."

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