<b>To the Editor:</b><br>

Wal-Mart Supercenter won’t have people shopping locally

You said it! Wal-Mart officials do not care what any of us think. We only matter when we are spending our hard-earned money in their stores, because Wal-Mart is ruled by the “almighty dollar.”

As for the threat of pulling out of Winslow and relocating to Holbrook, that is the kind of tantrum you see from a spoiled three-year-old child. A Multi-Billion Dollar Corporation has no business kicking their heels and screaming “Give us what we want or else”. So much for that “friendly neighbor” image they portray right? This is the kind of business we want to support? A big bully with deep pockets?

How does everything grow and benefit from a Super Center? I ask this question honestly. How does a store that will undercut all grocers, hardware stores, hair salons, floral shops, tire shops, eye care centers, etc., thus eliminating their competition, give anyone any benefit?

Yes, I remember K-Mart, I shopped there often, and I actually preferred it to Wal-Mart. I do not think Winslow consciously made the decision to not support it. It was the lure of Wal-Mart’s “Always Low Prices.” That is what happens when a store undercuts its competition, businesses close. Very sad indeed.

People move to Flagstaff because of the shopping? Really? I find it hard to believe that people would move to a town where the cost of living is slightly higher just so they can “shop til they drop.” However, I am not one of those so-called power shoppers so maybe I do not see the whole picture.

Atmosphere? What kind of atmosphere is a Super Center going to create? There is a Wal-Mart in almost every town and city across the U.S. Atmosphere comes from a town’s uniqueness and most importantly its community members. There is no uniqueness when there is a Wal-Mart everywhere you go. In our store, we get plenty of people just passing through. Repeatedly I have had travelers tell me how nice, helpful, and friendly the people in Winslow are, and how much they enjoyed spending time downtown. That is atmosphere and it does not come from a Super Center, it comes from each one of us. The members of this community.                                    

Cristy Stinson

Winslow

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