Walmart exploring return to Crestwood

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By Kenny Colston

National retail chain Walmart is “rolling back” into Crestwood.

The retailer has sent out notices to Crestwood residents about its intent to build a Walmart Supercenter at 6701 Highway 329 in Crestwood. The location is behind the Baptist Crestwood Medical Center on what’s also known as the 329 Bypass or Veterans Memorial Parkway.

Louisville law firm Wyatt, Tarrant and Combs mailed the letters on behalf of the company to Crestwood residents last week, informing them of a community meeting Dec. 16 at 6 p.m. at the South Oldham Fire Department station on Old La Grange Road to discuss the development.

Walmart previously had a Crestwood location at the Crestwood Station shopping center, but closed it after building a new location on Westport Road in Louisville. It also has a store in La Grange, just south of Interstate 71.

The letter did not say why Walmart was returning to Crestwood or give many other details on the proposed store.

Oldham County Planning and Zoning Director Jim Urban said the community meeting is the first step in the process for Walmart to return to Crestwood.

From there, the store has to go through standard planning and zoning procedure, which could take up to three months, Urban said. And final approval would come from the Crestwood city council if a rezoning were needed.

Despite all that, Urban said he sees no major roadblocks for Walmart’s return to Crestwood.

“We already approved a plan back behind the medical center, there was supposed to be a grocery and strip mall shopping center,” Urban said. “Obviously they are going to expand that, but we’ve already approved a development plan.”

Urban said many possible infrastructure issues, like turning lanes on KY 329, already have been addressed due to the previous proposed development.

Crestwood Mayor Dennis Diebel said the proposed Crestwood location would be inside the city limits and also has infrastructure like water and sewers on site, shortening construction time.

Diebel said he believes construction could start within six months on the new supercenter and welcomed Walmart’s proposed return.

“I think it’s an added benefit to the city and residents of Crestwood because it generates economic development and growth,” Diebel said. “And potentially jobs for Crestwood and all of Oldham County.”

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