Gainesville mayoral candidates offer supercenter opinions

City of Gainesville Mayor, Tom Bussing, speaks during a Mayoral forum at the Hilton University of Florida Conference Center Gainesville, Tuesday, January 27, 2004.

DOUG FINGER/The Gainesville Sun
Published: Tuesday, January 27, 2004 at 2:29 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 27, 2004 at 2:29 p.m.

Plans for a Wal-Mart supercenter off the intersection of U.S. 441 and NW 53rd Avenue got mixed reviews from Gainesville's mayoral candidates on Tuesday during the first forum of the election season.

The forum, held at the University of Florida Hilton Hotel and Conference Center and attended by several hundred people, was sponsored by the Builders Association of North Central Florida.

The candidates said a supercenter might cause locally-owned stores to close.

"We would have a number of local businesses probably go out of business," said C.B. Daniel, chair of the southern division of CNB National Bank.

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