Wal-Mart rumors have Moab on offensive

Big-box retailer Wal-Mart has its eyes on southeast Utah. That's the word from managers with the state's Schools and Institutional Trust Lands Administration , who met in late June to give a "heads-up" to Moab ... Full Story
BJ Freyta

Moab, UT

#1 Aug 2, 2006
I'm looking forward to seeing Wal-Mart come to this town. We have no regular shopping possibilities and prices are way to high for shopping in town. I do most of my shopping in Grand Junction at the Wal-Mart and Sam's Club.....
Jose Contrera

Boise, ID

#2 Oct 3, 2006
BJ Freyta wrote:
I'm looking forward to seeing Wal-Mart come to this town. We have no regular shopping possibilities and prices are way to high for shopping in town. I do most of my shopping in Grand Junction at the Wal-Mart and Sam's Club.....
Maybe you should keep shopping in Grand Junction then!
Meg Lee

Orem, UT

#3 May 15, 2007
By Wal-Mart in such a small town it would be dooming all the small businesses! Wal-Mart will open with cheap prices, once they are officially a monopoly in Moab they'll jack their prices up. Then starts the major expantion, say good bye to the SMALL town we all know and love!!!
Mary Figueras

Las Vegas, NV

#4 Jun 27, 2007
The west has plenty of cities that have had their souls sucked dry by big companies. Leave those towns to Walmart and give me stores run by real people, that live in the area and raise their children there. I'll spend more for toilet paper and detergent. The short term savings of a walmart are negated by the long term costs to a town. If you want a walmart, there are plenty of other places to live.
Fred Smith

Moab, UT

#5 Sep 25, 2010
As a long time resident of Moab I have heard a all the arguments about building a Wal-Mart here, And I must say that it is all a load of garbage. If you go to a Wal-Mart in one of the towns surrounding Moab you will be hard pressed to not find someone from here who has also made the trip. So anything to be made from sales tax is not only going out of town but more than likely out of the state.
As far as running local business out, what have we got? Alco, another chain department store with less of a selection and higher prices than Wal-Mart. That is no big loss. City Market. Yet another chain that has coexisted with Wal-Mart in other towns for years. So the C.M. might have to be a little more competitive, I dought they will feel much of a bite. Village Market, a Western Family store owned by an investment group in Colorado. No local business owner there either. Everything else in town is specialty business or is tourist oriented shops that would see little to harm from a Wal-Mart in Moab.
More over, the jobs that that a Wal-Mart would provide would be a huge boost to Moab's economy. A town with am extremely high cost of living compared to its average wage. The job base here is also largely seasonal tourism to employ a lot of its residence. More year round employment would definitely be a good thing.
Moab Local

Moab, UT

#6 Dec 1, 2012
Fred Smith wrote:
As a long time resident of Moab I have heard a all the arguments about building a Wal-Mart here, And I must say that it is all a load of garbage. If you go to a Wal-Mart in one of the towns surrounding Moab you will be hard pressed to not find someone from here who has also made the trip. So anything to be made from sales tax is not only going out of town but more than likely out of the state.
As far as running local business out, what have we got? Alco, another chain department store with less of a selection and higher prices than Wal-Mart. That is no big loss. City Market. Yet another chain that has coexisted with Wal-Mart in other towns for years. So the C.M. might have to be a little more competitive, I dought they will feel much of a bite. Village Market, a Western Family store owned by an investment group in Colorado. No local business owner there either. Everything else in town is specialty business or is tourist oriented shops that would see little to harm from a Wal-Mart in Moab.
More over, the jobs that that a Wal-Mart would provide would be a huge boost to Moab's economy. A town with am extremely high cost of living compared to its average wage. The job base here is also largely seasonal tourism to employ a lot of its residence. More year round employment would definitely be a good thing.
I totally agree with you Fred. If you look at the post of people not wanting a Wal-Mart they don't even live here. They are already in a community where they have choices that we don't have and trying to impose their feelings and ideas on those of us that live here. We also buy a lot of fuel to get to those better prices which adds more emissions to the environment, maybe they should think about that too. Let's keep the money here with a Wal-Mart and put a stop to having to pay tourist prices!!! People that live somewhere else should not have a right to dictate to locals where we have to shop!! Keep out of our business.
Sarah from Moab

Moab, UT

#7 Feb 9, 2013
A Walmart coming to town to provide year round employment sounds good. However, since Moab has survived and thrived where surrounding towns have not, really doesn't seem to be a good point. How many folks working at Walmart love their job? That is another consideration. Rather than looking at the the few cents or dollars that you will save shopping at Walmart, look at the impact it will have on the business owners who provide jobs for the locals. Walmart sells camping equipment....look at how that will affect the local outdoors stores and Walker Drug. Walmart sells office equipment...how will that affect Office West? I like shopping at City Market and Village Market and save quite a bit on their sales and have been happy with the produce quality. However when I have shopped at Walmart, I have felt the quality was lacking. T-shirts...there are a number of tshirt businesses in town.Face it, a Walmart will take away business from Alco, City market, Village market and other small businesses. Moab is unique in that it is a small town that local businesses outnumber chain stores. And besides, if you want to buy something cheaper than here or something that is not offered here, just go online and buy it. I honestly don't think Walmart is the answer to a better community. Walmart "conquers and divides" towns.
GlowinthedarkSup erFundfun

Charlotte, NC

#8 Dec 16, 2013
Why on earth would Wal-Mart build a store in Moab. I really don't see where a Moab Wal-Mart's customer base would come from. The population of the entire county is less then 10,000. Furthermore, the populations of San Juan and Emery counties are between 10,000 and 15,000 each. Consider this, if you live in Monticello, Blanding or, heaven forbid Bluff or Mexican Hat, why would you travel to Moab to shop. You're probably going to shop in Cortez, Farmington or Flagstaff if you live in anywhere in San Juan County. If you live in Green River you're probably going to shop in either Price, Salt Lake City or more likely Grand Junction. Also, I don't think Wal-Mart would consider our transient tourism flux as a viable customer base. Especially during our "off season".

The point is, when you live in a small town you might want something more than just a Wal-Mart when you get there. You know, like maybe a Target or a Home Depot, etc.

One contradiction to my logic is Page which is an example of a rather small town that has a Wal-Mart.
joe zuerlein

Salt Lake City, UT

#9 Jan 3, 2014
Wall mart is a big help to the town also it will help other merchants compaticion is good just let it happen

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