Neighbors call new Airway Heights Wal Mart an eyesore

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Some people who live near a new Wal-Mart in Airway Heights don't like their new surroundings anymore.
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anonymous

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Nov 3, 2007
 

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eyesore? Have you driven through Airway Heights lately?
usnret

Spokane, WA

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Nov 28, 2007
 
really hard to be an eyesore there
coach

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Nov 29, 2007
 
How's the weather up there? I was at Fairchild AFB back in 92-94. I am from Missouri where I reside now. I often think of Spokane. You guys live in a great part of the country and most likely don't even realize it. As far as Walmart. When I was there I couldn't tell you where the closest Walmart even was. As far as I know there was not one within a 200 mile radius. But if memory serves me right Airways heights wasn't much to look at back then. Hey, does anyone know Crytal Carrico? she was from Deer Run or Deer Creek something like that. I used to date her.
Adell Airm

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I think that thw Wal-Mart in Airway will be good for the local economy. Also people that live out farther will not have to go as far to get some of the things that they need. Like people that live in Wellpinit, Reardan, Davenport any of the small surounding towns.
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Adell Airm wrote:
I think that thw Wal-Mart in Airway will be good for the local economy. Also people that live out farther will not have to go as far to get some of the things that they need. Like people that live in Wellpinit, Reardan, Davenport any of the small surounding towns.
That may be true for people in reardan but if your in davenport and beyond isnt it more likely that if someone was going into airway heights that they would more like just keep going into spokane another 15 mins to get the real deal instead of cheap knockoffs, thats what I always did when I went out that way and I lived in fruitland/west end area. also airway was always an eyesore, the walmart is actually one of the nicer buildings there oddly enough.
Emilie

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Aug 16, 2008
 

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anonymous wrote:
eyesore? Have you driven through Airway Heights lately?
I live in Airway Heights and I believe it is rather lovely. The wal mart that is here though is one of the worst. The greeters are worried more about talking to their coworkers then doing thier job. No one smiles and no is courtoius. At all.
Stacey

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I love the idea of Walmart in Airway Heights but this so-called Walmart we have here now sucks. The greeters like Emilie stated are too chit-chatty and every time I have been in there has been a waste as it seems that alot of stuff is left unstocked and it is by NO MEANS a Super Walmart. I still have to go elsewhere for simple things like calcium, supplements, kids shoes. Their sewing section is appalling. Eyesore no MISMANAGEMENT YES!
Mary

Spokane, WA

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Oct 15, 2008
 
I think the Wal Mart in Airway was needed. The little run down town is growing and getting better. It isn't the best Wal Mart, but for the area its fine. Its great for people who don't want to drive to the North side of town or the Valley with gas prices as they are. The management is the problem as far as store stock. I think its hard to have any quality stores in a town like that but hopefully things will get better with growth. I know there are issues with theft and shoplifting in that area but its great to have the convienence.
I live just outside of Airway Heights and hate driving into town so its nice to just have something closer. I used to spend my weekends running all over town, now I don't have to.
Ed Hanson USMC Retired

Spokane, WA

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I live in Airway Heights. The only thing I don't like about our Walmart is the greeters act as if everybody going in or coming out is a shoplifter or has no business in the store. As far as Airway Heights being undesirable as some of you have inferred.....have you checked out the West Central Neighborhood or Hillyard in Spokane? Or the bus plaza in Spokane where all the wierdo's hang out? I'm a Vietnam Veteran and Spokane gives ME the creeps!
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Oct 20, 2008
 
I lived at Fairchild AFB in 93-97 and drove thru Airway Heights everyday to work in downtown Spokane. I think it is great that you have a Wal-Mart store of your very own. I remember driving an hour or more just to shop at Wal-Mart because I missed it so much, and I thought Fred Meyers was too expensive. I miss Spokane and that part of the country. It was so beautiful and I loved taking my lunch break and going to Riverfront park.
Ed Hanson USMC Retired

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Oct 21, 2008
 
To really see Airway Heights, you have to get off Hiway 2. There's a lot more than meets the eye. We have new upscale single family dwellings, new businesses, new police cars (the chief of police is all decked out like a Nazi storm trooper, though. I ribbed him about all the chrome on his black uniform). What we do need is a jail. It seems we are in a multi-jurisdictional situation. Anything at all happens, you see Airway Heights police, county deputies, and sometimes the state troopers all at once, all at the same scene. That part I don't get. And why do we get a voice mail opportunity if we need Airway Heights police on the weekend?

Since: Oct 08

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Oct 21, 2008
 
Man the last time I lived in Airway Heights was back in 91 next to that supermarket, wonder what it all looks like now.
Airway

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Nov 6, 2008
 
anonymous wrote:
eyesore? Have you driven through Airway Heights lately?
Airway Heights? Has anyone driven through the north central area, Sprague Ave. etc. Those areas are 10 times more an eyesore and more dangerous than Airway Heights. Get a grip!
Airway

Airway Heights, WA

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Nov 6, 2008
 
Air Force Guy wrote:
Man the last time I lived in Airway Heights was back in 91 next to that supermarket, wonder what it all looks like now.
Air Froce guy: you wouldn't believe how much development is occuring out in AWH. You'd be amazed what has happened in the past few years.
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Dec 26, 2008
 
I think the Walmart looks pretty good--as do the new shopping centers next to them. They have stocking problems they need to address. We live North of Airway in the County, and it is an ugly little town, though they're trying to fix it up. I hope they do because I prefer to shop close by.(We can get to downtown in about 7 minutes, too.) Now this is an important fact for all of you retailers looking for a place to expand: Airway Hts. has NO clothing store or shoe store--and Walmart will NOT DO for that type of item. Please come to Airway Heights! Also, a movie theater, PLEeeAaaaSsssE!
J Seckman Wichita KS

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Dec 31, 2008
 
We were stationed at Fairchild from 1992-1996 and lived in Airway Heights for awhile before moving onto housing at Fairchild. Besides the base shopping, we did most of our business in Airway Heights instead of having to drive all the way into Spokane. The nearest WalMart was in Moses Lake and we went on occasion just to see the store. Please don't complain about your local store. There are far worse places out in the rest of the country. I miss that area, even the snow. I would welcome the idea of coming back and maybe even working at that very WalMart.
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My wife and I moved to a newer development in Airway Heights last May, and so far we're pretty happy with it (apart from the OUTRAGEOUS $60/month sewer rate! Come on!). The little city has come a long way, even just in the 8 months we've been here, new Carl's Jr, Jack in the Box and Panda Express, as well as new AMC theater and Home Depot rumored to be coming soon. Though there are several strips along HWY 2 that are quite eyesore-ish, the WalMart shopping area is probably the most attractive part of the city, after Sunset Park.

However, WalMart is what it is: a low-priced junk store for people who can't afford to spend extra money on the non-essentials (which includes me). You get what you pay for with the service, quality and selection of items at any Walmart, that's just the way it is. You really want happy-to-see-you greeters? Go some place that can afford better than minimum wage for its employees while passing that extra expense on to you! Better yet, don't have greeters at all! Nothing annoys me more when I'm in a hurry than exchanging pleasantries with some half-wit geriatric in a blue vest.

Ps. Just heard that the very Walmart we're speaking of is being evacuated due to possible roof collapse with all the heavy snow we've been getting. Guess everyone who doesn't like it being there might just get their way!
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I would like to make a note as a Wal-Mart employee in Airway Heights we don't make minimum wage as a matter of fact we make WELL above it does my starting wage of $12.55 an hour sound like minimum wage?.... Another addition the blue vests were eliminated about 2 years ago when I worked in another Wal-Mart. We have a strict dress code Navy blue shirt and tan pants. Last but not least the door greeters are there giving the yellow tags to ensure that the customers came into the door with the merchandise. All I can say is Wal-Mart is the best company I have ever worked for. So I suggest that people get there facts straight before they say anything.....
Medical Lake

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Jan 2, 2009
 
In the past 12 months anyone who goes thru Airway Heights can clearly see the improvement of the area. WalMart and the surrounding shopping malls have clearly upgraded the area. The people at WalMart have always been gracious and just regular good hard working people trying to earn a good living in a job depressed county and state. This area now supplies many resources for the surrounding areas of Davenport, Reardon, Medical Lake and Cheney. We have the same needs as those who live in Spokane proper..a good hardware store (possibly Home Depot or Lowes), family entertainment (possibly a movie theatre), versatile clothing stores (TJ Maxx, Ross, Old Navy) and some good famiy restaurants (Applebees, Chilies, Red Lobster, Olive Garden or Cyrus O'Leary's). There is plenty of hard earned middle class money to be spent and having the casino in the general area, brings in alot of people who spend money while passing thru the area. The future hotel that the casino is building will bring in more visitors from surroung areas, Canada, etc. and the area needs to be more versitile. Instead of bashing this one store for not fulfilling every need of the general community, maybe we should be contacting other stores and make them aware of the potential needs of the residents. Airway Heights officals should be commended on seeing their potential and moving on it.....WalMart is just the start.
Betty

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Jan 8, 2009
 
Stacey wrote:
I love the idea of Walmart in Airway Heights but this so-called Walmart we have here now sucks. The greeters like Emilie stated are too chit-chatty and every time I have been in there has been a waste as it seems that alot of stuff is left unstocked and it is by NO MEANS a Super Walmart. I still have to go elsewhere for simple things like calcium, supplements, kids shoes. Their sewing section is appalling. Eyesore no MISMANAGEMENT YES!
I live in Tacoma and
I think that the Airway Heights Walmart is great for the area. A lot of people are not able to go
into Spokane and wALMART has given these customers a place to shop. I bet during this
winter storm it was a pleasure to have a place to
shop if you could get into town to shop. I heard
they had to be closed for snow removal, if that
was true it was for everones safety. As far as the sewing section there is not one. Few of the
walmarts now have a fabric and sewing section. Put a complaint into Walmart and maybe we would all be able to have our fabric and sewing sections back. Selection at Airway Heights WALMART is a lot better than you see in a lot
of areas across the United States.

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