Clare Walmart halted

February 12, 2017

Walmart StorePlans that have been in the works for years for the construction of a Walmart in Clare have been halted.

The Traverse City Record-Eagle reported on Thursday that Anne Hatfield, a spokeswoman for Walmart, sent emails to Kalkaska County officials informing them of the retailer’s scrapping plans to open stores in both Kalkaska and Clare.

Hatfield said Walmart officials based the decision on several reasons, including improving the long-term shopping experience for all Walmart customers.

Walmart in 2015 entered into a purchase agreement on a 140-acre parcel of land just north of the U.S. 127 interchange and Colonville Road.
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At that time, nothing was finalized.

A group of Clare businessmen had been working on getting Walmart to build at the location since 2007, according to previous reports.

-Susan Field, Morning Sun

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4 Responses to Clare Walmart halted

  1. Jay Lundenburg Reply

    February 13, 2017 at 3:02 am

    Thank goodness the small business people of Clare and surrounding areas including Harrison and smaller villages will not be put out of business. Their only chance of survival with Walmart here would be to diversify into products not sold at Walmart and yet have a need. We have already lost one grocery store because the owners of their rental property were just a bit greedy by requiring a new long term lease. Too bad. You both now have lost. Hooray for the little guy. May you all prosper and watch Clare continue to grow.

  2. Diane Demo-Sadler Reply

    February 13, 2017 at 4:02 am

    Hallelujah!!! Glad that they finally saw the writing on the wall. With other Walmarts within 15-20 minute drives, it wouldn’t have survived.

  3. Tina Brown Reply

    February 13, 2017 at 6:58 am

    My family and I have been looking forward to Walmart coming to Clare. Most of the people I know feel the same way. We can’t afford spending extra on gas just to shop at the Mt Pleasant store and are forced to spend more at local stores. This would bring 300 much needed jobs to this area as well. Clare county is hurting financially. I pray they change their minds and go ahead and build as soon as possible.

  4. christine Merlino Reply

    September 16, 2018 at 1:59 am

    So sad to hear this, as the “housing market in both Farwell and clare was picking up when “it was “for sure” about 2 years ago> i myself was “moving to ‘Farwell” for THAT reason.As a SENIOR, I am on a fixed income, and with “raising gas prices(up even more the last 2 years) I really took moving into “fawell seriously”.We actually put an accepted bid on a property. The home had “inspection issues and we backed out, and moved further “South” down 1-27…As we noticed all the “”blocks” being put in Walmarts way.Good thing, as I would have “hated” to live somewhere where there isn’t at “least ONE big Box store within 15 minutes”. These Big box stores came into Cadillac, mi and many “up north towns”. It “increased the business” of these cute shops on “their main streets”.Clare County needs to “change their attitude.Its been “outdated for over 15 years “plus”. So “many of “my friends sold their “weekend cottages in Clare/Harrison” as we “saw the area going downhill”…The “local Grocery stores in Harrison and Clare are “raping” the locals with their pricing”.Now “raised “even higher this last year(Steves Market/Walravens”….I know, as I’ve shopped at these stores for over 20 years when coming “north”.But “now”, with their “increasing meat/grocery pricing…I do my “shopping at Meijers and Super Walmart “downstate” and “bring our food up”.You “old town money folks” are stopping growth for the area”. Open your “eyes” and see how “many businesses in Harrison and Clare, have “opened/tried and are now closed”.Look at the once “jumping Sports bars in Harrison(now closed for years(Sportsman Bar “there.Why? How wants to come into a north town that “has nothing to offer?Who wants to “purchase a home” when the school system is one of the “worst in Michigan? No medical thats “rated good”, and then “have to DRIVE a half hour into Mount Pleasant, to shop? You are all “very foolish”, and “once “winter comes again”, all your “cute little “shops” will be starving”…I know, because there are about 18 people I personally “know” that “no longer have their places in both Clare and Harrison”.We “keep on traveling up the expressway to “Cadillac”…Still got the “cute little shops on main strett, all “booming”, along with 3 major big box stores, Hobby Lobby, TJ Maxx, and TONS of restrurant choices.Values have “gone upward” on homes. the “camp grounds and beaches are “packed ALL year.Why? Because they “opened their hearts and “used their “heads” r growth”. Shame on Clare!

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