Up To You: Wal-Mart

If it were up to you, what would you like to see happen to the property that once held Wal-Mart?


Before a move to Dowling Village in North Smithfield just a few short months ago, Wal-Mart operated from a property at 1919 Diamond Hill Rd., built 27 years ago.

Woonsocket has more than its fair share of vacant buildings and empty properties. Some have been empty for years while others see a rotating crop of businesses.

But, if it were up to you, what would you like to see happen to these spaces? Each week, we feature one empty building, lot or area in Woonsocket and ask our readers what they'd like to see there.

Another box store ? A mini strip mall? A new park? What do you want? And, if you could get YOUR wish, how often do you think you would visit the location?

This week: the property that once held Wal-Mart. Although Wal-Mart officials have indicated they could reopen the store, the building currently sits vacant creating another empty space on Diamond Hill Road. If it was up to you, would you like to see the store reopen? If not, what other business would you like to see in its place?

RonW January 01, 2012 at 05:17 PM
Something like The Big Flea, at the old Ann & Hope building in Cumberland.
taxed to the max January 02, 2012 at 12:10 PM
dimond hill road needs highway acess to route 99 and 495 if this was done it would make a big diffrence in the type of store it would attract.
NicotinePatch January 02, 2012 at 02:24 PM
How about a store called Wel-Mart? A store, funded by us taxpayers, where welfare recipients of the city can get even more things for free. We're already paying for their 50 inch rental TV's, cell phones, appliances...etc. Let's make it easy for them to get it all for free at one convenient location.
michael January 18, 2012 at 06:58 PM
You know what they can do w/ that property? They can bring back roller kingdom and give us something to do in this God forsaken city.
Kris Vanmoerkerque January 02, 2014 at 06:17 PM
How about a skating rink, since the one nearby was bought and closed to facilitate the never ending walmart sprawl. Funny how that was abandoned as well. Hardwood floor it and throw some cones out.


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