Tuesday, July 17, 2001

Wal-Mart faces zoning dispute

Florence store must answer summons Friday in Boone court

By Ray Schaefer
Enquirer Contributor

        FLORENCE — Representatives of the Wal-Mart store at 4999 Houston Road will be in Boone District Court this week over a county zoning dispute involving storing merchandise, including ladders, outside the store.

        District Judge Michael Collins will hear the case at 10 a.m. Friday.

        According to a summons issued May 16, Wal-Mart is charged with operating a temporary commercial display without a permit on April 12.

        City Coordinator Jeff Koenig said the problem is with storage outside the store.

        He said items such as bags of potting soil, propane storage tanks and ladders are left outside.

        “We've been trying to work with them,” Mr. Koenig said Monday.

        Store manager Tom Brock could not be reached for comment Monday, and district manager David Gose declined to comment.

        On Monday, there was an entrance from the sidewalk to the store's garden department. In addition to potting soil, there were plants, pots, boxes of grills, ladders and garbage cans inside the fenced-in area, and three gray propane storage bins next to the entrance.

        Though Mr. Koenig said Wal-Mart is not being singled out, Celeste Glacken, who works in the store's jewelry department, disagrees.

        On her way to lunch Monday, Mrs. Glacken, 40, said other stores on Houston Road are doing the very thing for which Wal-Mart is being cited.

        “If they're going to make (Wal-Mart) follow procedures, they ought to make them all follow it,” Mrs. Glacken said.


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