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Time Line of Events

Jan. 13, 2015 – Big grocery battle for small towns: Walmart expands into rural Ozarks

Jan. 12, 2015 – Council holds off on vote to change petition process

Jan. 11, 2015 – Group asks city of Springfield to hold off on petition change bills

Jan. 7, 2015 – Why Springfield's newest Walmart can't be open 24 hours

Nov. 26, 2014 – Attorney expects church sale to Walmart will proceed

Aug. 15, 2014 – Court issues ruling in Walmart case, denies appeal

Jan. 1, 2014 – 2013 Rewind: No end in sight to flap over Walmart location

Aug. 21, 2013 – Walmart foes try higher court to fight new market

Jul. 24, 2013 – Attorney cites 'possibility' of appeal to force vote on Walmart zoning

Jul. 19, 2013 – Confusing day in court for all in case of Walmart rezoning

Jul. 16, 2013 – 5 seek say in civil suit over proposed Walmart Neighborhood Market

Jul. 14, 2013 – City of Springfield, church agree on law regarding Walmart rezoning

Jul. 10, 2013 – Key Walmart decision coming

June 27, 2013 – Ellisville approves controversial Walmart project

June 18, 2013 – Opponents of Walmart Market Start Legal Fund

June 18, 2013 – Walmart opponents signal intent to fight suit

June 1, 2013 – Petition backers in planned grocery may intervene in suit

May 30, 2013 – Judicial order blocks Springfield Missouri citizens from voting on Wal-Mart issue
Lawsuit information

May 21, 2013 – Sides prep for Walmart vote - Public will decide fate of proposed store at Campbell, Grand.

May 20, 2013 – Walmart rezoning will go to voters.

May 20, 2013 – VIDEO: Concerns raised at community meeting about Walmart - The Springfield mayor and city council member met with members of the community about the Walmart decision.
Downtown residents voice concerns about Walmart Neighborhood Market,0,5301978.story
Mayor, councilman meeting with downtown residents over Walmart issue.
City Council sends referendum to the voters. Links to the minutes and video are below.

May 19, 2013 – Stand Up To Walmart group releases information regarding a meeting called by the Mayor and Council person Jerry Compton to be held at HAS tower on Mt. Vernon.

May 16, 2013 – Stand Up To Walmart group News-Leader Voice of the Day titled, “Council should repeal zoning law”

May 15, 2013 – Community Free Press article on page 3 and cartoon on page 9.

May 13, 2013 – Stand Up To Walmart group reveals an estimated 800 residents with a one mile radius of the proposed Walmart signed referendum petition.

May 7, 2013 – Council member Cindy Rushefsky stands up for the citizens of this community on limiting our voice when addressing Council!... on the flip side, the areas Zone 3 representative, Council member Jerry Compton, mentions that discussion of Walmarts low wages should not be a factor.

May 6, 2013 – Council receives referendum certification from City Clerk. Minutes and video below.
City Council to Vote in Two Weeks on Marijuana, Walmart Issues

May 5, 2013 – Stand Up To Walmart group News-Leader Voice of the Day titled, “Walmart debate is good for city”

May 4, 2013 – Springfield’s Resistance to Wal-Mart

May 2, 2013 – Council should stick to its guns on zoning vote - It's too bad opponents of Walmart grocery took things this far.

April 22, 2013 – TONIGHT: Council to Take Up Walmart Issue Again Following Petitions

April 17, 2013 – Stand Up To Walmart group receives letter certifying referendum petition. City Council to be notified April 22, 2013.

April 15, 2013 – Walmart foes in Springfield force action on rezoning - Council can have an election or a repeal.

April 5, 2013 – Walmart foes have 10 more days to gather 43 signatures - Petitioners have nearly enough signatures to force vote on rezoning

March 26, 2013 – National article comes out regarding Michele Obama and Stand Up To Walmart group titled, “Walmart's Death Grip on Groceries Is Making Life Worse for Millions of People (Hard Times USA)”, written by senior researcher Stacy Mitchell with the Institute For Local Self Reliance.

March 25, 2013 – Stand Up To Walmart group turns in referendum petition signatures to City Clerk.
Springfield City Clerk receives referendum to repeal rezoning for Walmart market,0,2340473
Referendum petition with 2,000 signatures delivered to fight City Council Walmart decision
Petition Submitted Seeking Reversal of Springfield Walmart Decision
Springfield Voters Could Decide Fate of Walmart Market Rezoning

March 8, 2013 – Petition Sign-up to Stop Neighborhood Walmart Starts Today
Opponents of Walmart Market Gather Signatures for Zoning Petition

March 5, 2013 – Walmart foes gathering signatures Friday and Saturday - Petition seeks to undo City Council approval

March 4, 2013 – Stand Up To Walmart group creates event for gathering signatures for referendum petition to repeal the zoning ordinance passed by City Council on February 25, 2013.

February 26, 2013 – Fight's not over, say opponents of Walmart grocery - Lawsuit, petition among options being weighed after approval of rezoning

February 25, 2013 – City Council meeting, by 5-4 vote, the rezoning was approved. Links to the minutes, the video are provided below.
Council Member Scott Bailes Opposes Rezoning for Walmart
Council Member Cindy Rushefsky Opposes Rezoning for Walmart
Council Member Doug Burlison Opposes Rezoning for Walmart
Vote clears way for Walmart grocery – Tensions remain high among divided City Council

February 20, 2013 – Michelle Obama to visit Springfield Walmart next week

February 12, 2013 – Springfield Council: Trash-talking Walmart consultant caught on hot mic:

February 11, 2013 – City Council meeting taking up the Walmart issue. Over capacity crowd experienced. People turned away forty minutes before the start of the meeting. Links to the minutes, the video and updated document with the evidence presented are provided below. This is going to Council for vote on Feb 25th.
Overflow crowd for Walmart rezoning debate
City Hall overflows with speakers at Springfield City Council meeting about proposed Wal-Mart

February 5, 2013 – Another group, "Citizens Advocating For Responsible Development", brings the traffic and safety issues to the steps of City Hall.
Concerned Citizens Speak Out On Traffic, Safety, And The Future Of Downtown
Walmart Neighborhood Market closer to reality
Residents ask city council to say no to Wal-Mart

February 2, 2013 – Mayor’s opinion letter in the paper draws many comments.

January 31, 2013 – Bistro Market CEO, Downtown Group Warn of Walmart Impact
CEO of Price Cutter Says New Wal-Mart Would Cost Local Jobs

January 25, 2013 – More citizens come together and join "Stand Up To Walmart" group and create social media page called “Stop The Neighborhood Project – Springfield MO”
Residents Take to Social Media to Protest Walmart Neighborhood Market.

January 25, 2013 – petition started “Springfield, Missouri City Council: Say NO to Wal-Mart On Feb 11, 2013” over 1000 signatures gathered in 24 hours. over 2300 in 3 weeks time 95% local signatures:

January 25, 2013 – "Stand Up To Walmart" group creates social media event for upcoming City Council meeting on February 11, 2013, “STAND UP SPRINGFIELD! NO WALMART DOWNTOWN!

January 25, 2013 – Price Cutter CEO announces possible store closures.
Bistro Market– We Believe in Downtown

January 24, 2013 – Planning and Zoning Commission approves Walmart’s revised plan for rezoning. Links to the minutes, the video and updated document with the evidence presented are provided below. The proposed ordinance goes before Springfield City Council February 11th.

January 23, 2013 – Community Free Press Article, “P & Z to re-consider proposed Walmart”

January 16, 2013 – Redesigned Plans for Walmart Market Heading Back to Planning & Zoning

January 15, 2013 – New Walmart plan would close Normal to through traffic. Three new options being considered for proposed neighborhood market

January 12, 2013 – Stand Up To Walmart holds event at Fassnight Park and marches to the site of the proposed Walmart development at Grand and Campbell.

January 9, 2013 – Letter to the editor of the Community Free Press written by founders of the Stand Up To Walmart on page 9 titled, “Stand Up For Small Businesses!”

January 7, 2013 – Walmart asks that the proposal “be remanded back to the Planning and Zoning Commission to consider some design changes.”

January 5, 2013 – Walmart plan for Campbell and Grand will go to City Council

December 6, 2012 – The Planning and Zoning Commission denied Walmart’s application for rezoning. Links to the minutes, the video and updated document with the evidence presented are provided below. It is stated the applicant can appeal to go forward to City Council or they can allow it to end here. If it goes on to City Council, it will be after the first of the year, January 14th, 2013.

December 4, 2012 – The Facebook group Stand Up To Wal-Mart becomes public to bring awareness to the citizens of the community regarding the planned razing of Calvary Temple Church built in 1960 and plans to build a Walmart Neighborhood Market. Public Notice signs were discovered on Grand Street stating the following: “Planning and Zoning Commission meeting - December 6th Rm 315 City Hall and City Council meeting - January 14th City Council Chambers - 6:30 pm.” The location of this planned development is on the SW corner of Grand Street and Campbell Avenue near downtown in Springfield, Missouri. Group:
Public event:

December 3, 2012 – According to an email, within the linked document below that was originally sent to the Springfield Planning and Zoning Department; “The Board of Directors of the West Central Neighborhood Alliance voted last week to oppose Walmart’s plans to build a Neighborhood Store at the corner of Grand and Campbell. The group is supportive of development on that site with its high visibility on Campbell, Grand, and Grant. However, it would prefer to have local companies locate there who are more vested in the neighborhood such as Downtown Market and Price Cutter who have served the residents in that area for many years. WCNA also had logistical concerns on the impact of traffic for the intersection and the residents who live on or south of Normal Street. Several attendees raised those issues at the public meeting and the Walmart representatives said they would remove the driveway on Normal, but it remains on the most recent site plan.” The document that follows was found on the P & Z agenda and listed as Calvary Temple, not the applicant, Walmart.

November 2, 2012 – The first piece of information that was discovered was this article by KY3. The development is on the edge of our center city area at the corner of Grand Street and Campbell Avenue. Information on this development was minimal to the public, with only these two pieces of information that could be found on the internet at this time.

October 29, 2012 – Springfield MO West Central Community Meeting - A public meeting regarding an application for zoning classification change will be held on Monday, October 29, from 4:00 to 6:30 pm at Life 360 Church (Calvary Temple) (444 W. Grand Street – between Campbell and Grant). The applicant is requesting that the church and several adjacent properties be rezoned to allow a retail neighborhood grocery store – one of the new Wal-Mart Neighborhood Stores. The purpose of the meeting is to explain the proposal and attempt to address any comments or concerns from the neighbors.  The City’s Planning and Zoning staff will submit a report with a recommendation to the Planning and Zoning Commission one week prior to the date of the hearing before the Commission.

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