Lakeville's New Walmart Set to Open Oct. 17; But Not With a Chipotle

Despite Twitter rumors to the contrary, Lakeville's new Walmart store will not have a Chipotle Restaurant when it opens Oct. 17.

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After a year of controversy and fanfare, Walmart is set to open its first Lakeville location on Oct. 17.

Brenton Balvin, who spearheaded Walmart's hiring process in Lakeville said that all the employees are set to go for the opening of the new, 150,000 square foot building located at the corner of Interstate 35 and County Road 70 along Keokuk Avenue.

The store will not, however, have a Chipotle Restaurant inside, despite Twitter rumors to the contrary. City officials confired that a Subway will be located inside the store, but not a Chipotle.

Late last week, this post on Twitter was retweeted more than 100 times: 

@laura_buermann: GREAT NEWS EVERYBODY: The Walmart in Lakeville is going to have a CHIPOTLE #thankyou #finally

Regardless of the food available inside, the store opens despite a bit of controversy during its planning construction. The store's announcement generated harsh words from residents who have criticized the company's pay rates, route: {:controller=>"articles", :action=>"show", :id=>"wal-mart-coming-to-lakeville"} -->, among other things, and last fall the store's construction came under fire from a

Saundra September 20, 2012 at 11:56 AM
I wish it was a Chipotle. Lakeville already has 3 Subways, one being across the interstate at McStop.
Chris Mauzy September 20, 2012 at 02:12 PM
As much as I love Chipotle, I would never risk my life walking into a Walmart to get the food. Maybe Chipotle realized that Walmart would tarnish their brand. Boycott this horrible store.
Sam McChesney September 20, 2012 at 11:25 PM
Chris Mauzy.... You are amazing. Truth is spoken.#BoycottWalmart
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ABSG September 24, 2012 at 04:03 PM
I don't understand why Lakeville hasn't attracted a Chipotle and other types of retail here. Reason why ? Our Lakeville Economic Developement Team is beyond words HORRIBLE and needs a complete overhaul of talent. This is an important issue we should be asking our Mayor!!
Chris Mauzy September 25, 2012 at 02:23 AM
ABSG, I would have to agree with you. We are lacking some important retailers even though our population, density and demographics fit their business models. Chipotle is a great example, as you stated. You could also point to Trader Joe's, Lunds, and many others. Is Matt Little proposing any plans to address this?
Wendy Swanson October 12, 2012 at 03:10 PM
Yes! Please we need more restaurants in Lakeville.
Mike Ginther October 15, 2012 at 05:01 PM
I agree also but as long as Lakeville has municipal liquor stores many businesses will not consider it. I.E. Costco and Trader Joe's
Mrs Lewis October 18, 2012 at 08:29 PM
Chris Mauzy hit the nail on the head. Walmart is the worst store in history. HORRID! Disgusting! #boycottwalmart ! Chipotle ROCKS, and they know better than to put up shop in Walmart....Eeeeeww!
Janell October 19, 2012 at 12:17 AM
So True Lakeville retail sucks!!


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