Wal-Mart May Be Headed to Buffalo

November 29, 2012 Updated Nov 29, 2012 at 8:14 AM EDT

By WKBW News
By Jaclyn Asztalos

November 29, 2012 Updated Nov 29, 2012 at 8:14 AM EDT

Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW) - Wal-Mart may be breaking into the city limits of Buffalo after a long fight by residents. According to BuffaloRising.com, Wal-Mart is close to buying property in North Buffalo on Hertel near Elmwood Avenue. The large piece of land that Wal-Mart could buy spans from the old Dickie's Donuts to the Home Depot plaza across from the new L.A. Fitness.

Many residents and business owners are upset with this proposal. They said bringing the retail giant in will take away from the mom and pop shops in the area, including on Elmwood Avenue.

This controversy is nothing new. It seems every time a Wal-Mart is set to build, a fight ensues. We spoke with those against the plan when this was an issue in Batavia, New York.

"I'm all for competition but healthy competition. When Wal-Mart moved to Iowa, 50 percent of grocery stores and men's clothing stores closed," Batavia resident said.

One positive aspect to the chain moving in is that it would bring hundreds of jobs to Buffalo. The store already employs millions across the country and there are 100 stores in New York State but none in Buffalo. Those for the project also say the store will bring in much needed property and sales tax dollars.