Seeds of Retail Sprouting in Farmington

Farmington residents may soon have fewer reasons to drive down Highway 62 to shop or buy gas in Fayetteville.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. previously announced it planned to put a Neighborhood Market grocery store across from City Hall on Main Street. Wal-Mart and city officials had a technical plat review Tuesday to fine-tune the application that will be heard at a Planning Commission meeting Dec. 23.

Farmington officials said Kum & Go is also planning to build a convenience store at the corner of Main and Broyles streets, the current location of a One Stop. Kum & Go has not made a formal application with the city for permits.

“It’s great news for Farmington,” said Melissa McCarville, the city’s business manager. “It was just a matter of time before something happened.”

Wal-Mart and Kum & Go are coming to the city on the heels of Casey’s General Store and Domino’s, both of which are expected to open soon. Casey’s is building on a two-lot space across from Cardinal Corner, which is popular with students from nearby Farmington High School, and Domino’s is putting a delivery/carry-out store next to City Hall.

McCarville said the business additions were needed in Farmington, which averages 25,000 cars in drive-through traffic each day.