A Mystery Grocery Store Is Coming to the Corner of Highland Knolls and Westgreen in Katy. Is It a Walmart?


Corner of Highland Knolls Blvd. and Westgreen, Katy, TexasFrom the Swamplot tip jar comes this little cookie: A site plan for an unnamed grocery store and 3 fast-food drive-thru or bank-style pad sites on Highland Knolls Dr., across Westgreen Blvd. from Memorial Parkway Junior High School in Katy. And with it comes only a “rumor”: that the grocery would be a Walmart Neighborhood Market like the one the company is now constructing in nearby Cinco Ranch. The average size of a Walmart Neighborhood Market is 38,000 sq. ft., about one-fifth the size of a typical Supercenters.

The former Spring Branch Church of the Nazarene (now known as the Living Word Church of the Nazarene) purchased the 9.75-acre corner property in 2004. According to a report in Covering Katy back in February, the church had already requested the property be designated commercial.


The grocery-store portion of the proposed development, which would come in just under 5 acres of the total according to the site plan shown above, would back up to a planned extension of Norwalk Dr. On the opposite side of Norwalk is the site where Gueffen Development has plans for a 3-story, 171-unit apartment complex, and some residents of nearby Nottingham Country and Kelliwood have been signing petitions and attending neighborhood meetings to try to stop it.

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9 Comment

  • So would this mean that the church was able to hold onto this land for 10 years tax free? Nice way to make some money if it is, when there’s no pressure to sell vacant land because your appraisals keep going up.

  • Wow! A new Walmart in the Houston burbs, how revolutionary!

  • These suburbanites won’t be happy until they’ve made every place look like Katy!

  • [yawn] Another piece of vacant suburban land gets swallowed up by a retail chain.

  • just what Katy needs

  • If it’s a Walmart, wouldn’t alcohol sales not be allowed because of the school across the street?

  • Scale indicates it’s at least 300 feet. I think that’s the state rule, but I am not sure about unincorporated Harris County, I think Houston is 1,000 feet. Good question.

  • Walmart has a way of ruining neighborhoods. We don’t need this store so close to schools and churches.

  • Looks like the plans include a refueling station. Are there permitting restrictions in putting in a refueling depot so close to a residential neighborhood?