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Walmart move to Carpentersville puts hurt on East Dundee

Updated: October 9, 2012 9:20AM

East Dundee’s loss is Carpentersville’s gain when it comes to Walmart.

East Dundee officials first learned in mid August of the retailer’s plans to relocate to off Route 25 in Carpentersville, just up the road from its current store near Routes 25 and 72.

Walmart officials have not said why they plan to move to Carpentersville, where they plan to build a Super Center store at Lake Marian Road and Besinger Drive.

“They just said they’re moving for the best future growth of the store,” said East Dundee Village Administrator Robert Skurla.

Walmart made a similar move late last year when it opened a new store at Randall and Bowes roads in Elgin, not far from the Elgin store it had operated for years at Randall and Royal Boulevard.

Walmart first indicated a possible move out of East Dundee in 2006 when it proposed building a store on a 27.5-acre site off Huntley Road north of Spring Hill Mall in West Dundee. Those plans stalled after neighbors to the site, complaining of noise, lights, traffic and other issues.

The move to Carpentersville from East Dundee will mean about an estimated $850,000 annually in sales tax and other revenues to East Dundee’s coffers, Skurla said.

Some East Dundee village board members said the news from Walmart, which has been in its East Dundee location for two decades, is what swayed them to recently vote in favor of overturning the ban on video gambling.

In an advisory referendum on Feb. 2, 2010, the majority of voters in the village voted to prohibit video gambling — 239-180. The village board listened to its constituents and made a law forbidding the practice within the town limits.

But that changed Oct. 1, when the measure passed 4-3.

“I was against [video gambling] from the beginning but considering our predicament now with Walmart, every little bit helps even if I don’t like it,” said East Dundee Trustee Paul VanOstenbridge.

“My position since the beginning was that I would not support (video gambling) because the residents voted against this,” East Dundee Village President Jerald Bartels said. “That being said, Walmart was not in the state that it is now.”

The new Walmart in Carpentersville is scheduled to open its doors by 2015.

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