OnTheSquare

Des Moines, IA

#1 Aug 14, 2009
What do people around here think of Pamida in Mount Vernon? They opened 9 or 10 years ago and were just OK.
Then they finally got better 4 or 5 years ago.
Now they've been falling back apart again over the last year or so.
What is up with this place? Is it the Pamida company, the management, the employees, or is Mount Vernon just a bad place for this store.
Do you think that Mount Vernon needs a different store?
Forum Poster

Eden Prairie, MN

#2 Aug 14, 2009
I'm just feeling good about Pamida.
mt vernon resident

Burlington, IA

#3 Aug 18, 2009
OnTheSquare wrote:
What do people around here think of Pamida in Mount Vernon? They opened 9 or 10 years ago and were just OK.
Then they finally got better 4 or 5 years ago.
Now they've been falling back apart again over the last year or so.
What is up with this place? Is it the Pamida company, the management, the employees, or is Mount Vernon just a bad place for this store.
Do you think that Mount Vernon needs a different store?
I've never been impressed with the quality of the merchandise they sell and their prices are higher than Wal-Mart on most everything. The dollar stores get my business!
OnTheSquare

Des Moines, IA

#4 Aug 18, 2009
The quality I agree does vary. Some things are fine and others things aren't. Items like the refurbished electronics, although cheaper, are a little ridiculous.

Now, I can't expect them to compete with Wal-Mart on price because Wal-Mart is so large that they are able to get better deals. Some things I have read and seen on TV say that Wal-Mart is so large that they are able to bully vendors into giving them better deals. They vendors want to supply Wal-Mart because that is where most people buy there products. If the vendor wants people to see their product at all then Wal-Mart has to have it so the vendor gives Wal-Mart whatever cost that Wal-Mart asks for. This leads to manufacturers moving overseas and workers making lower wages.

I like the idea of a small town store like Pamida and try to support them. I just wished that the store would clean up, the employees would clean up, and the service would smooth out up there. It goes for a few years bad, then good, and then bad again. They've had to have had at least 7 or 8 managers in their 9 years up there!
To protect the innocent

United States

#5 Aug 19, 2009
Man oh man had I thought "Ava Pam" reached new heights..wheww Pamida I thought she was spreading.
SquareToLoop

Nixa, MO

#6 May 27, 2012
It looks like they're closing. It was a good store for a couple of years, then fell apart with that older male manager and low-life locals. What do you think went wrong? Why did the clean blond kid leave and come back?
aur56

Monett, MO

#7 May 30, 2012
I thnik Walmart has been the downfall of all small town business,including Pamida. All our towns downtown area are almost deserted. Too sad since Walmart was supposed American MAde, and it's now ALL made in China or other asian country. WAlmart, i'm just sick of them and their greed.

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