Wal-Mart is a good deal

Published: Wednesday, January 21, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 20, 2004 at 11:35 p.m.

In response to David Thomas' letter of Jan. 18 regarding Wal-Mart: While there maybe labor issues going on with Wal-Mart, I'm sure if someone did an internal audit on other companies, including some right here in Gainesville and Alachua County, we could find a wide assortment of labor issues with them as well.

Thomas should also realize that Wal-Mart does not have to listen to the local governments. They could easily close both their stores in this area and move somewhere else where they would be more appreciated.

Then Thomas could explain to the 100 or so workers who would be laid off why he feels the way he does about Wal-Mart.

Wal-Mart has stated in the past that it will not go where it's not wanted, nor will it stay where it's not wanted.

The company has already stated that the old K-Mart site is not feasible for a standard supercenter, and at least one local engineer has supported that claim.

The Gainesville Mall management wants Wal-Mart to lease the property. Wal-Mart has no interest in leasing property when it can buy it and get a better deal in doing so.

As it stands now, the Gainesville Mall site is not feasible, and the parking is very lacking for a supercenter.

Perhaps with the closing of the Kash 'N Karry store on that site, maybe a standard supercenter at the Gainesville Mall would be more feasible if Wal-Mart is allowed to buy the property instead of leasing it.

It's attitudes like Thomas' that have resulted in Alachua County being one of the poorest counties in Florida, while at the same time having some of the highest taxes in Florida.

In this time, when jobs are hard to find, people should appreciate what Wal-Mart does to help local communities, and the fact that Wal-Mart wants to add more jobs to the area by building one or two supercenters here.

This area will never amount to anything until we have a more business-friendly environment. A couple of my friends have to commute to Jacksonville to get a decent paying job, since they are in very short supply here.

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