Fighting over Walmart

The Kansas City Star reports this morning about a feud between two Johnson County cities over where to locate a Walmart.

Roeland Park is accusing neighboring Mission of poaching its Walmart to jumpstart its long-delayed $200 million Gateway project. Roeland Park officials are complaining to state economic officials because the Gateway development has applied for STAR bonds from the state.

“The city of Roeland Park definitely supports redevelopment in any of our sister cities,” Mayor Adrienne Foster told the Star’s Kevin Collison. “What we do not support is when our Number 1 sales tax generator, Walmart, is removed from our city in order for another city’s development to move forward.”