Mast Stores says "No Thanks" to Franklin

Mast Stores says "No Thanks" to Franklin

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Korean Vet

Nebo, NC

#1 Aug 20, 2011
Your bumbling town of Franklin officials and economic development good old boys just scored another loss.

Mast General Stores won't put a store in Franklin but they won't say why, just that the numbers did not fit their store model.

What numbers do you reckon they meant?

No customer base? Not enough people to fill the parking spaces? Deserted main street? Declining population growth? All the really historic downtown buildings gone?
Nocar Clyde

Franklin, NC

#2 Aug 21, 2011
Where was OUR Economic Development guy in this adventure? What has he done in the over two years he has drawn a taxpayer paycheck, car subsidy for his cadillac, a free cell phone, travel expenses and now a "staff", WTF has he done but drain severely needed taxpayer $$$$$$$$ for his "enthusiasm"?
Nocar Clyde

Franklin, NC

#3 Aug 21, 2011
Korean Vet wrote:
Your bumbling town of Franklin officials and economic development good old boys just scored another loss.
Mast General Stores won't put a store in Franklin but they won't say why, just that the numbers did not fit their store model.
What numbers do you reckon they meant?
No customer base? Not enough people to fill the parking spaces? Deserted main street? Declining population growth? All the really historic downtown buildings gone?
Most of the good parking spaces are taken up by the Drakettes! The mistakes were made years ago when the County/Town fathers built a huge brick court house which takes up 10 percent of downtown, a town hall that takes up 10 percent and macon bank takes up 6-7 percent. Then there's the court house annex that takes up another 6-7 percent. What do we have downtown? 3 banks, a vacant bank building 3-4 art supplies/craft stores, an old book store, three museums, a huge furniture store and a clothing store that takes up 1/3rd of the street. Then there's the Vietnam Memorial, turned into a Gazebo, that took up a lot of parking as did the clock tower park. Poor planning, plain and simple!
Vietnam Vet

Nebo, NC

#4 Aug 21, 2011
What a hoot! Alderwoman Sissy Pattillo who continually preaches "shop locally" was in a TARGET store in Atlanta when the Mast people called her----and she even admitted it according to the Franklin Press!

So funny!
Civil War Vet

Nebo, NC

#5 Aug 21, 2011
Nocar Clyde wrote:
Where was OUR Economic Development guy in this adventure? What has he done in the over two years he has drawn a taxpayer paycheck, car subsidy for his cadillac, a free cell phone, travel expenses and now a "staff", WTF has he done but drain severely needed taxpayer $$$$$$$$ for his "enthusiasm"?
Look at it this way. Many retail people downtown don't want anyone else there competing with their small customer base, and the non-retail people don't want people taking up their parking spaces, so they put their munchkins in place to make sure that downtown is dead and stays dead.

End result is that downtown is DEAD. Not just dying, it's DEAD!

It's the COUNTY taxpayers who funds Franklin while the Franklin aldermen call the shots about water, city limits extensions, alcohol permits, and the airport. Just wait until we all have to pay for a water treatment plant on the Little Tennessee to supply the new Iotla School, airport, and cluster of private industries out there.

It is no mystery that Mast Stores did not want to move here.

The real mystery is why the Franklin Press makes everything sound so rosy and actually praises the do-nothings who have gotten control of the county like leeches sucking blood.

It is so funny that our "leaders" were standing around with their fingers up their noses, and then got all excited when the Mast people suggested putting "Historic Downtown Franklin" signs on the main arteries to get people off the bypass to come downtown-----duh, what an idea------so the Franklin Press this week shows the city employees putting up those signs.
Nocar Clyde

Franklin, NC

#6 Aug 21, 2011
The town alderman are ending the "Town Manager" position, guess they've had enough of his wasteful spending and arrogant attitude, wonder where he'll store his gun collection?
Civil War Vet

Nebo, NC

#7 Aug 21, 2011
Nocar Clyde wrote:
The town alderman are ending the "Town Manager" position, guess they've had enough of his wasteful spending and arrogant attitude, wonder where he'll store his gun collection?
So when will this become public information?

Do you know who is the next leech they will hire?

(Thanks for the info, by the way!)
Civil War Vet

Nebo, NC

#8 Aug 21, 2011
What will they call the next leech? Or will Collins run it all (God forbid)?
Jerry Stamey

Nebo, NC

#9 Aug 23, 2011
Nocar Clyde wrote:
The town alderman are ending the "Town Manager" position, guess they've had enough of his wasteful spending and arrogant attitude, wonder where he'll store his gun collection?
They just did that to scratch Greenwood's back for a while at REALLY BIG bucks.

No surprise that they'll quit using a town manager until the next good old boy needs a space filler.

Maybe Dalton? Or Hubbs? Or _______(fill in a son here, one who has "enthusiasm" as their only credential)!
fred

Blairsville, GA

#10 Aug 23, 2011
Check downtown Franklin compared to say Murphy and downtown Franklin is booming. Murphy is approx 40% vacant and the others struggling.
Jerry Stamey

Nebo, NC

#11 Aug 23, 2011
All of the stores in Franklin (main street) are struggling. Peoples is going under after more than 50 years. All the rest are just little boutiques selling trinkets, and employees at the courthouse and town offices.
Question

Andrews, NC

#12 Jan 14, 2012
So why did Mast Stores say "no thanks" to Franklin?
Franklin

United States

#13 Mar 26, 2013
The Mayor told hem they couldn't sell beer. Oh, the irony.
Jerry Stamey

Hayesville, NC

#14 Mar 26, 2013
Question wrote:
So why did Mast Stores say "no thanks" to Franklin?
Because downtown Franklin is dead. Only a few rednecks left.
Rocky

United States

#15 Mar 29, 2013
What we need is a soup kitchen. That'll bring the downtown area back to life.
Teetotaler

United States

#16 Mar 29, 2013
Hold on to your britches, the craft beer industry may be in trouble http://www.thestreet.com/story/11883354/1/why...
Redneck Rodney

Franklin, NC

#17 Mar 29, 2013
Jerry Stamey wrote:
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Because downtown Franklin is dead. Only a few rednecks left.
That's the second most ignorant statement I've ever read! Do you even know what a "Redneck" is? I doubt it. If you did, You would certainly know that "Rednecks do not go to downtown Franklin.

Since: Mar 13

Franklin, NC

#18 Mar 31, 2013
How does Outdoor 76 stay in business? I doubt enough people of Macon County can afford a $180 Pantagonia fleece
Goosey Goosey

Hayesville, NC

#19 Mar 31, 2013
RickyRuby10 wrote:
How does Outdoor 76 stay in business? I doubt enough people of Macon County can afford a $180 Pantagonia fleece
What is that?
red

Andrews, NC

#20 Mar 31, 2013
it is something a native Maconian would ever wear, that's for sure

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