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New Walmart gets mixed reaction

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By: Jenn Schanz

It's one of the most shopped supermarkets in the country.

In just a few weeks, Walmart will open a fourth Lincoln location. This one, at 27th and Grainger Parkway.

The 125,000 square foot supercenter brings in 140 new jobs to Lincoln.

"There's a lot of things that we train and work towards and we just hope we can deliver right off the bat and give that great customer service right away," says store manager Jim Motts.

But the 17 acre lot sits surrounded by neighborhoods on three sides.

For residents near the area, this Walmart is less of a convenience, and more of a hassle.

"It's a big box, it's open 24–7. It's going to bring in high traffic, it's going to bring in things to this neighborhood that we didn't plan on," says Jodi Schrieber.

She lives in the neighborhood behind the Walmart lot, and can see the roof of the superstore from her deck.

Schrieber says the whole block worries that the store's presence will bring down property value.

"We all are absolutely 100 percent against it. We've never wanted it, we've tried to fight it, and I don't think you'd find anyone here that would want Walmart coming," she says.

Ready or not, the doors of the supercenter open July 17th.

Mott says he's heard mostly positive feedback, and hopes the service the store provides can convert skeptics.

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