New Cleveland Wal-Mart a - double-edge sword'
Timing is everything, and for Kelly Ray, the timing of the grand opening of the new Wal-Mart in Cleveland was just right.
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#1 Aug 1, 2009
So what local business is going to go under with the opening of Wal-Mart. There's always a local victim when this company moves into a town. At least people in Cleveland now have a new place for their elderly to work, that is if they like working under abusive management practices. Shoppers now have a place to be assaulted by the most loud speaker amplification in town. Its a noisy offensive store that will be sending all profits out of White County.
#2 Aug 2, 2009
When any business comes to town, Ingles or otherwise, some businesses are hurt. That's called competition. Do most of the fast-food chains and grocery chains send their profits out of town? More dollars are coming into White County by salaries than being sent out of White County. Dollars come in from White County residents PLUS other counties. Salaries are paid to White County residents and taxes are paid to White County. There's a net gain for White County. This doesn't include the lower cost of living for people, especially those on fixed incomes that can't make a trip to Gainsville, etc., to spend their money outside White County like others do that don't like someone coming to town and providing alternative shopping experiences.
#3 Aug 4, 2009
If it is competition, then why does Wal-Mart get a tax break from the county to build a store, while other businesses don't? The average tax break for a Wal-Mart store is 2.1 million. Why are they entitled to this? Better yet, explain why Wal-Mart should get a tax break at all.
#4 Aug 4, 2009
I don't like tax breaks for businesses but all city, county, and state governments do it for many, many companies so Wal-mart should not be singled out.
#5 Aug 13, 2009
I bought 2 Playing Cards at the Dollar Store across from Walmart for $ 1.00. The same Playing Cards at Wallmart $ 4.28. Bucket of Pool Tablets at Ace Hardware $ 77.00 at Walmart $ 88.00
Better watch out.
#6 Aug 14, 2009
Here's the reality as I see it. People need stuff. If there's no place to buy stuff in their county they travel outside the county to buy their stuff. If a Walmart builds in the county, then people can get their stuff without driving to Habersham or Lumpkin counties, plus White County get 200 jobs and a great deal of property tax money and inventory tax money and splost money from the new Walmart. There very few Mom and Pop stores in Cleveland that compete with Walmart. Hardest hit will be other mega chain stores like Ingles, Fred's, Riteaid. Piggly Wiggly and IGA barely survive as it is. The local hardware stores will suffer somewhat but as long as Walmart doesn't sell building materials I think they'll be fine.(as long as building picks up) Lets all let free enterprise work. Contrary to what blue state and city liberals will tell you competition is what made America the greatest place on earth. Let's applaud an American success story that has brought abundant merchandise into everyone's home. Remember, no whining!
#7 Aug 16, 2009
This is my first time seeing this thread. I put two pro-walmart posts in this thread
Blairsville Forum .... "Cleveland,GA Wal-Mart opening in July"
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