Sam’s Club faces backlash from Council’s discontent with Walmart

By: Ashley Harding

Lincoln city officials are expected to vote this week in favor of a liquor license for a new Sam's Club store near 84th and Highway 2. This comes a week after they voted to deny it.

Sam's Club is a sister store to Walmart. The City Council says they're vote to deny the license was to send a message to Walmart that they're not happy about the big box building another store in Southwest Lincoln.

Scott Persson opposes Walmart. He says, “I know dealing with the public perception and stuff like that… I appreciate the initial gesture, essentially.”

For the last couple months, the idea of putting a Walmart near 27th and Granger Parkway has been a matter of debate for residents who live nearby. Some say they worry about issues like increased traffic.

City Councilman Jon Camp says he asked the retail giant to agree to build a smaller store. Instead the company is moving forward with plans for a 133,000 square foot building.

Camp says, “I appreciated my colleagues joining me in that message, but at this point, it's time to step back and redirect the course and do that right thing.”

Once the council votes to recommend a liquor license for Sam's Club, the final decision will be left to the Liquor Control Commission. Sam's Club is scheduled to open by the end of August.