Originally Posted by Too Tall
Most of the affluent use this argument but their real motive is they don't want a Walmart in the town because it attract those less fortunate who pay with food stamps and are looking for the most for their money.
Big box retailers, including Walmart, do factually pay more however. They provide opportunity for careers advancement. They hire 100's of locals and it's been found that home values actually rise in the vicinity of the Super Walmart.
But the big reason is it provides a place for us cheapsckates to overnight. ha
This discussion probably not relevant to the Walmart overnighting discussion. It's a changing world, Amazon and online shopping is biting into Walmart and other brick and motar businesses. Walmart just bought Jet online shopping to compete with Amazon.
Having said all of that, I'm not so sure the mom and pops are put out of business by big box. 7/11's, Circle K's etc.. rape you on price for the convince of being on the corner are doing just fine. Retailers definitely have more challenges, but it's good for the shoppers (and campers). It's kind of a Lead, follow, or get out of the way world. Just my opinion.
Actually, when a study was done in Moab about a possible Walmart they pretty much figured out that it would affect an Alco store (which closed last year anyway), the local drug store (high prices but they do sell ammo and guns
), one of the two worthless grocery stores (City Market owned by Kroger or Village Market) and an auto parts store. All employees in these stores would in all likelihood go to work at Walmart with a higher pay and a chance for benefits.
And locals could purchase items at a lower price than at Alco and Walker drugs, and did not need mail order for many items or a long drive to Grand Junction to give the sales tax to CO vs. UT. (One example, Mr. Coffee Machine - Walker Drugs $69, Walmart $49 (but required a 1.5 hour drive to and a 1.5 hour back, or Amazon $49 and free shipping to your door in two days (Prime member).
It was wanted but the city and county refused zoning cause it would not fit into Moab's looks.
Now, the city wishes they had made a different decision.
In most places Wallyworld employees those who lost their jobs, pays more than they were making and gives them a chance to advance and get benefits.
Those local stores in towns are notorious to pay at best minimum wage and offer to benefits (not all but most).
Back on subject....