HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) - Walmart is halting a plan to build a supercenter in Holyoke, due to environmental concerns about the property.
In a statement, Walmart spokesperson William Wertz told 22News that there are “some areas of potential environmental concern” at the site of the proposed store on Whiting Farms Road. Wertz said that they would not have time to do additional testing before the purchase from Holyoke Gas and Electric was finalized.
The proposal has been controversial, with Mayor Alex Morse expressing his opposition to the planned store, which would have been located between the city’s two main retail areas: Route 5 and the Holyoke Mall area.
Walmart, however, may not be pulling out of Holyoke altogether. “We continue to have a strong interest in Holyoke and other communities in western Massachusetts, and will keep looking for new locations to make shopping more convenient for our customers,” Wertz said.
Walmart maintains several other stores in western Massachusetts, with locations in Westfield, Chicopee, Northampton, Hadley, Springfield, Ware, Pittsfield, North Adams, and Orange.