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Wal-Mart faces a final hurdle Thursday in its bid to open a "supercenter" on 21.2 acres near Smithfield . Full Story
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Darin - Elberon

Hopewell, VA

#1 May 20, 2009
I am sure that the Anti- Wal-Mart folks will be out in force at this meeting spinning a whole bunch of misinformation. Face it, Wal-Mart will bring in millions of dollars to Isle of Wight County that currently flows to Suffolk, Hampton, and Newport News. I will not kill the local business. Look at Chesapeake Square, there are two Food Lions with in 2 miles of the Wal-Mart, in Suffolk at Harbor View there is a Farm Fresh, Food Lion and soon to be Harris Teeter with in 5 miles of the Wal-Mart. Time to look forward and stop looking back.
Drew

Fort Huachuca, AZ

#2 May 20, 2009
Call me an Anti Wal-Mart type, I don't see the need for a Wal-Mart. It's a 15 minute drive 20 minute drive max to one of three Wal-Marts. The employees can't afford to live in the community they will work, and Food Lion, Farm Fresh and Harris Teeter are not exactly local businesses. It's more like the mom and pop shops on main street Smithfield that are going to be affected. If anything Smithfield has the most to loose on this considering the Wal-Mart will be only a mile and a half from the Smithfield line, and the township will not reap one tax benefit from the stores presence.
please

Suffolk, VA

#3 May 20, 2009
In this time of economic upheaval, I hope the Board uses some sense and approves Walmart. This will bring cash flow to the county, sales taxes revenues, and yes jobs.
There are tons of small,rural areas that have Walmarts and have remained small, rural areas.
The mom and pop stores on Main Street have been closing there doors without a Walmart - did anyone stop to think it might be because people drive to Suffolk, Hampton, and NN for their large shopping trips and end up picking up the things they might get at a local store.
Suffolk has some small community areas that have "mom and pop" stores less than 5 minutes from the "urban" Walmarts and Kmarts - and those businesses have survived.
What do I know

Suffolk, VA

#4 May 20, 2009
I have my fingers crossed for Walmart. It's not that we need the convenience, it's that we need the tax base. Walmart isn't shutting down mom and pop shops. I bet RingO's will still be booming on Saturday mornings and people will still flock to downtown. I don't go to Walmart because it's more than a ten minute drive. Thereis no place to shop for clothes for anyone under the age of 30. I don't want to go to Chesapeake, Newport News, or Suffolk to spend my tax dollars. It's about time that we get the benefit of our County getting the revenue we've been giving to other localities.

Since: Feb 09

Smithfield, VA

#5 May 20, 2009
Small businesses in the county are closing even before a big box store has been approved. It's mainly due to attrition because the older generations close up shop, and to add insult to injury, they don't want any new building. We need some youth and motivation back in the county. If there is no growth or youth, then everything will die out. The problem is that the older generation only cares about the short term of their life, and not the long term of everyone elses.
Build the Walmart already. We need someplace to shop outside of the 9-4 bankers hours everyone here works.
S Walton

New York, NY

#6 May 20, 2009
WalMart - Your Headquarters for Cheap Plastic Crap.
American Pie

Richmond, VA

#7 May 20, 2009
Some aspects of Walmart coming to town are good. CVS and Rite Aid need to be tested. Simpsons Pharmacy won't see any drop off. They are tiny and have an extremely loyal customer base. I would like to see the board nix the autocenter however. I think that you'll see a big hit to Cofer's, Scott Enterprises, Brown's Service Center and Travis' Auto Repair, those types of businesses will be hurt the most. I'll be using the local shops before Walmart regardless but I do think it will have a negative impact on those little guys.
I welcome the food prices. A $250 trip to Farm Fresh is equal to a $210 trip to Walmart. who can't use that break?
American Pie

Richmond, VA

#8 May 20, 2009
Of course...as long as everyone is OK with supporting the Chinese government and society in general, walmart will be a big success in Benns Church. Why not support it? Our Federal Government has already sold out to the Chinese....so it must be the right thing to do or for the good of the people....right?

And let's not forget - this meeting is nothing more than a formality. It's approved. The public show is for the cameras. Your input as taxpayers won't even remotely be considered. Not throwing stones - just trying to keep it REAL!
Darin - Elberon

Hopewell, VA

#9 May 21, 2009
Wal-mart only does oil changes, and tires, it will not be a big hit on the local auto repair shops.
American Pie wrote:
Some aspects of Walmart coming to town are good. CVS and Rite Aid need to be tested. Simpsons Pharmacy won't see any drop off. They are tiny and have an extremely loyal customer base. I would like to see the board nix the autocenter however. I think that you'll see a big hit to Cofer's, Scott Enterprises, Brown's Service Center and Travis' Auto Repair, those types of businesses will be hurt the most. I'll be using the local shops before Walmart regardless but I do think it will have a negative impact on those little guys.
I welcome the food prices. A $250 trip to Farm Fresh is equal to a $210 trip to Walmart. who can't use that break?
Darin - Elberon

Hopewell, VA

#10 May 21, 2009
HOG WASH! There is no Wal-Mart in IOWC and a whole lot of business have closed down, mostly because they make bad business decisions or they are just tired of working in that business.
It will not have any effect on the Mom and Pops, because if that was true, Mom and Pop would have been put out of business by Farm Fresh and Food Lion.
Drew wrote:
Call me an Anti Wal-Mart type, I don't see the need for a Wal-Mart. It's a 15 minute drive 20 minute drive max to one of three Wal-Marts. The employees can't afford to live in the community they will work, and Food Lion, Farm Fresh and Harris Teeter are not exactly local businesses. It's more like the mom and pop shops on main street Smithfield that are going to be affected. If anything Smithfield has the most to loose on this considering the Wal-Mart will be only a mile and a half from the Smithfield line, and the township will not reap one tax benefit from the stores presence.
Darin - Elberon

Hopewell, VA

#11 May 21, 2009
AMEN! Except for RINGO's, I love those Doughnuts, they remind me of the Dutch Maid Doughnut stores, one used to be in Churchland, and another in Mid-City in P-TOWN.
Captain_Obvious_ wrote:
Small businesses in the county are closing even before a big box store has been approved. It's mainly due to attrition because the older generations close up shop, and to add insult to injury, they don't want any new building. We need some youth and motivation back in the county. If there is no growth or youth, then everything will die out. The problem is that the older generation only cares about the short term of their life, and not the long term of everyone elses.
Build the Walmart already. We need someplace to shop outside of the 9-4 bankers hours everyone here works.

Since: Feb 09

Greenwood, NE

#12 May 21, 2009
American Pie wrote:
Some aspects of Walmart coming to town are good. CVS and Rite Aid need to be tested. Simpsons Pharmacy won't see any drop off. They are tiny and have an extremely loyal customer base. I would like to see the board nix the autocenter however. I think that you'll see a big hit to Cofer's, Scott Enterprises, Brown's Service Center and Travis' Auto Repair, those types of businesses will be hurt the most. I'll be using the local shops before Walmart regardless but I do think it will have a negative impact on those little guys.
I welcome the food prices. A $250 trip to Farm Fresh is equal to a $210 trip to Walmart. who can't use that break?
The smaller auto shops have a loyal following, so I wouldn't expect business to decrease. There's no way Walmart will match the work quality either.
Regardless, it will be nice when IOW takes the step to become somewhat independant of surrounding areas. Stop sending citizens/tax money outside of the county for everyday necessities.
Bus Driver

Gloucester, VA

#13 May 22, 2009
Darin - Elberon wrote:
AMEN! Except for RINGO's, I love those Doughnuts, they remind me of the Dutch Maid Doughnut stores, one used to be in Churchland, and another in Mid-City in P-TOWN.
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Darin - you're big enough already buddy....stop stopping at Ringo's and stop off at the Smithfield Y....shouldn't you be working on Bus Schedules? Does Surry co Schools know that you're being paid to comment about your beloved Wally World?
Bus Driver

Gloucester, VA

#14 May 22, 2009
Captain_Obvious_ wrote:
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The smaller auto shops have a loyal following, so I wouldn't expect business to decrease. There's no way Walmart will match the work quality either.
Regardless, it will be nice when IOW takes the step to become somewhat independant of surrounding areas. Stop sending citizens/tax money outside of the county for everyday necessities.
Agreed, smaller shops won't feel that much of a pinch...at least I hope not...we'll see.
Bus Driver

Gloucester, VA

#15 May 22, 2009
Darin - Elberon wrote:
HOG WASH! There is no Wal-Mart in IOWC and a whole lot of business have closed down, mostly because they make bad business decisions or they are just tired of working in that business.
It will not have any effect on the Mom and Pops, because if that was true, Mom and Pop would have been put out of business by Farm Fresh and Food Lion.
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Hog Wash back at you buddy....you would know how hogs wash BTW....didn't you used to wrestle? Damn son....you always been a Heavyweight? Bus garage called, they need a set of brake pads for that 71 International.
Darin - Elberon

Hopewell, VA

#16 May 22, 2009
I don't not work for Surry County, I live there, and yes I route school buses, and I am so good that I cut three bus driver positions for the district that I currently work. And yes, I love Ringo's I drove one morning back to SMFD to get 4 dozen for my drivers to have after SOL Testing.
Bus Driver wrote:
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Darin - you're big enough already buddy....stop stopping at Ringo's and stop off at the Smithfield Y....shouldn't you be working on Bus Schedules? Does Surry co Schools know that you're being paid to comment about your beloved Wally World?
Darin - Elberon

Hopewell, VA

#17 May 22, 2009
A guy who does fat jokes. Yes I did wrestle, 176 was my weight, but this is what happens after you go from working out everyday to doing a desk job, it sucks. But you know much more about me that I do you, you must have driven or drive for IWCS.
Bus Driver wrote:
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Hog Wash back at you buddy....you would know how hogs wash BTW....didn't you used to wrestle? Damn son....you always been a Heavyweight? Bus garage called, they need a set of brake pads for that 71 International.
Bus Driver

Gloucester, VA

#18 May 22, 2009
Nope didn't drive for IOW, never driven a bus in my life too remedial and hardly pays enough...just put 2 and 2 together. Actually, I like you a lot....just don't agree with your walmart position :-)
But to each his own. If you LIVED in the Benns Church area you'd feel much differently about Walmart invading our little corner. Would you TRULY want all that added traffic in your neighborhood? I hardly think so....

And this is only a friendly bit of advice....stop going to ringo's,
REALLY stop at the Y....for your kids for the love of GOD! You're killing yourself!
Darin - Elberon

Hopewell, VA

#19 May 22, 2009
I have only been to Ringo's three times, so it's not the doughnuts that are killing me, it is the lack of time to get off my rather large BUTT!
There are few folks who live in Benns Church. Fixing the intersection is not that hard, add a left hand only turn lane at Brewers Neck, and Benns Church Blvd, make the two current lanes right hand turns, and you would watch traffic thin out. Would I want the traffic, don't know if I care to much it's a part of life, that, that does not grows dies. As for putting 2 and 2 together, I was a Historty major, can't add.
Bus Driver wrote:
Nope didn't drive for IOW, never driven a bus in my life too remedial and hardly pays enough...just put 2 and 2 together. Actually, I like you a lot....just don't agree with your walmart position :-)
But to each his own. If you LIVED in the Benns Church area you'd feel much differently about Walmart invading our little corner. Would you TRULY want all that added traffic in your neighborhood? I hardly think so....
And this is only a friendly bit of advice....stop going to ringo's,
REALLY stop at the Y....for your kids for the love of GOD! You're killing yourself!
Darin - Elberon

Hopewell, VA

#20 May 22, 2009
It is done! It passed 4 to 1. I am waiting to see how many anti Walmart folks put their homes up for sale.

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