Some unhappy about proposed Sam's Club across from West Village

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by DAVID SCHECHTER

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WFAA

Posted on May 21, 2014 at 6:24 PM

Updated Wednesday, May 21 at 7:15 PM

DALLAS — Low prices? Yes. In my backyard? No.

Residents on the edge of Uptown Dallas oppose plans to open a massive Sam’s Club store in their neighborhood.

On Wednesday morning, residents of the Cityplace neighborhood started a petition to keep Sam’s out and already have close to 600 signatures.

“It’s just not very good for the neighborhood,” said Jonas Park, a resident who started the petition.

Sam’s Club is the anchor tenant planned for this 17-acre development by developer Trammel Crow, called East Village. It’s right across Central Expressway from the trendy West Village with its many shops and boutiques.

"We're excited to be part of this [development]," Sam's Club parent company Walmart said in a written statement. "Our Texas members have been loyal and enthusiastic supporters of our brand. We look forward to expanding the Dallas market's access to savings and member benefits."

Park and his neighbor, William Moore, don't see it that way. They say Sam’s Club is just too big. A bad fit.

“I was expecting these vacant areas to built with something that really was more equivalent to an East Village, which is what we had in mind," Moore said. "Some mom-and-pop shops and individually-owned restaurants. Not Chick-Fil-A’s."

“Since we were told 'East Village, East Village,' so we were thinking it was going to be a mirror project of the West Village,” Park said.

Park and Moore say newly-built Kroger and LA Fitness locations are a good fit and good scale for the neighborhood.

Moore said he chose to live in the area for its eclectic mix of people and homes. He said knowing a Sam’s Club was moving in would’ve changed the calculation.

“I may not have purchased in this neighborhood,” Moore said.

Thursday, the Dallas City Plan Commission will consider the plan, with experts expecting it to sail through.

Developer Trammel Crow did not return our request for comment.

A Cityplace community meeting is set for 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Kroger on Haskell.

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