The Chandler City Council unanimously approved a second Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club for the city Thursday night, but the Wal-Mart will not be allowed to say "Low Prices" or "We Sell For Less" on its signs.
The council approved construction of a Sam’s Club on the northeast corner of Arizona Avenue and Willis Road and a Wal-Mart Supercenter on the southeast corner of Arizona Avenue and Pecos Road.
Wal-Mart slogans can’t be on its signs.
"Those are advertising signs and exceed the amount of signage they would be able to have," said Planning and Development director Doug Ballard. "I think staff’s feeling is these other things are really superfluous."
Joseph Goforth of Diversified Partners, which is developing the projects, said he felt the stipulation was fair and was satisfied with the building having a simple identification sign.
"It’s pretty typical of a community to restrict signs that advertise instead of identify," Goforth said. "I think the city of Chandler does a good job of distinguishing between the two. We’re very proud of the sign package that was approved for us."
Goforth said Diversified Partners hopes to have the stores open by Christmas 2004.
In other business, the council unanimously approved deeding property at 249 E. Chicago St. to Maricopa County for the construction of two justice courts. The land is scheduled to change hands in July once the city’s new operations yard at 1800 S. McQueen Road is complete. If the county decides not to construct the courts at that location, the city has the right to take possession of the land for $1.
The council also took time to recognize Chandler resident Mike Pearson for performing CPR on his son, Kyle, and his son’s friend, Joshua Woltman, when the boys were found buried under a mound of dirt Nov. 15 at Snedigar Sports Complex. City employees Benn Hernandez, Dave McCune and Ray Zaremba also were recognized for helping locate the boys and dig them out.