LEE COUNTY, Fla. - A new Walmart store is coming to Estero, but residents are giving mixed reviews about the proposal.
Company representatives have been in discussions with the community for years, but this week, updated plans were unveiled for the 185,000 square foot superstore at the intersection near U.S. 41 and Estero Parkway.
The Estero Design Review Committee says right now, the 24-hour location is expected to sell groceries, general merchandise, and garden supplies. A tire and lube facility is not in the plans.
Estero resident Don Long can't argue with having a one-stop shop closer to home.
"They've been talking about putting one in the area for a long time. I think it would be a good thing," Long says. "Right now, we either have to drive all the way up to Six Mile Cypress or down to Naples."
Sandra Jackson lives across the street from the proposed site and doesn't think the store is the right fit for the neighborhood. Jackson thinks it could bring a negative element to the community.
"We're so used to the pristineness along these roads and what's left. I think it's a little too crowded right here, and I'm not a fan of Walmarts, so I'm not planning on shopping there."
Thursday, the company responded to negative comments saying, "Customers always appreciate having access to low prices and we’ll do our best to deliver a quality shopping experience so residents can find the products they need for their families."
Dick Schweers, with the Estero Council of Community Leaders, thinks the establishment will ultimately add more to the area.
"It brings more jobs into Estero," Schweers said. "They offer a lot of opportunities for people who might not otherwise find work."
The Estero Design Review Committee says additional suggestions were made to the design of the building. It says groundbreaking can't start until the construction on U.S. 41 wraps up and the highway is widened to 6 lanes.