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Walmart may reconsider move to Raytown, Mo.
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RAYTOWN, Mo. — Raytown News of Walmart moving to Raytown has been a hot topic but it’s one that’s beginning to cool down. The city said Walmart representatives have verbally told them they are reconsidering the move, but the city says they have not received anything in writing.

Dave McCauley and his wife Beth own Show Me Quilting, a business across the street from the proposed site on 62nd and Blue Ridge Blvd. They say they welcome Walmart.

“The store will bring traffic down town,” Dave said. “It will benefit all the businesses in the area and spark redevelopment.”

But pharmacist Gary Fox, who owns Fox’s Drugs, says Walmart will be detrimental to his business.

“It will be difficult for business owners like me and other entrepreneurs to survive,” he said.

The president of Raytown’s Main Street Association says his organization is not opposed to a grocery store, however the group would like to see the four-acre site become a mixed-use space with retails shops and offices that mirror the city’s quaint, small-town feel.

Some say Walmart has divided the city and in the end it could be the retail giant that ends up splitting town.

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