You make some salient points Gulf. However, we are a free market based economy and many people believe that the benefits of Wal Mart outweigh the negatives. I would have preferred a drive by the local governments to recruit Costco as it is in my humble view a far superior retailer to Wal Mart. Perhaps I'm misguided but I think the way to beat Wal Mart is through superior products and service and that is exactly what Costco delivers. In no way should any governmental agency be involved in determining the outcomes.
Well that's not really true about it being 'a free market' in the sense that you're thinking as Walmart as lawyers, a superior capital position/infrastrucutre, etc with which to make investments & to gobble up market share.
I guess what I'm saying is that if Walmart comes it'll put EVERYBODY ELSE in town out of business. It would be the same effect as if a Walmart went to Moss Point. There just aren't enough ppl to make it worthwhile while not @ the same time giving Walmart a monopoly like effect on the town. Ocean Springs & Pascagoula can only sustain 2 shopping centers a piece besides their Super Walmart because everybody from the surrounding rural areas(for OS its the Gulf Park Estates/Vancleave/St Martin areas, & for Goula its Moss Point & Hurley & Kreola) shop there. Gautier doesn't really have too many rural areas & its not worth going way the hell down from Vancleave just to go to Jerry Lees when you just go to the Food Tiger up there. Ppl go to Walmart for a reason.
I do agree with you on Costco. I've often wondered why there aren't more Targets or Costcos down this way or even Kmarts. You'd think they'd bring the old Kmart back to the Jerry Lees shopping lot but they don't. I dunno. Gautier is so far flung though with Hickory Hills being so disconnected from the rest of the city. There really isn't too much in infrastructure in the way of supporting such a move.
But hey I guess if its what the city wants -- good luck to them, I guess.