Burke gets Ross Store, Caldwell gets more fast food

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Ghost Town Resident

Lenoir, NC

#1 Jan 4, 2013
Why does this County just out and out SUCK????!!!!!!

Driving through Morganton, I see the area outside Henredon being graded for Ross store. Driving back in Lenoir on Restaurant Row 321, there is Waffle House. Oh wow, when Caldwell gets something here, we certainly reach for the stars.

30 years ago, Caldwell County was a thriving town. Now, we are the JOKE of Western NC. Catawba has always been ahead in retail and food, but now, the county is just a spot on the highway. Hickory traveling to Boone for dinner and vice versa, Wilkes traveling to Burke and vice versa......and here is the ghost town Lenoir that cannot even obtain an Old Navy store or Sears and Kmart. Big deal we have Walmart, we are so ignorant we need two in the county. Please. How hard is it to approach a retail giant to come to our pitiful county? It's not like we don't have available real estate lying around. Look at all the empty furniture factories. Evidently the citizens here are beyond wealthy, afterall, our political geniuses told Google we would pay their taxes for 20 years because Google must not be able to afford their taxes.(Sarcasm). Is it up to the Citizens do gather video footage of traffic PASSING THROUGH our ghost town on highway 321, gather info of how our county will practically give land away for them to come here. Employers of companies who care about putting Americans to work, how hard is it to put prospective area information together and approach companies.

What is the deal with this sorry place? I think if Caldwell merged with one of the surrounding counties, decreasing from 100 counties to 99, this pathetic area would finally become something besides the joke of Western NC. It gets so old seeing every county around us thriving and here we sit in empty factory parking life watching grass and weeds take over the buildings.
Ghost Town Resident

Lenoir, NC

#2 Jan 4, 2013
** parking lots . I hate auto correct.
1010camera7

Lenoir, NC

#3 Jan 4, 2013
Why don't you do something about rather then bitch & moan...a33hole
do something then

Lenoir, NC

#4 Jan 4, 2013
So the sight of a Ross being built in Morganton caused all of that rant? I agree Lenoir is a ghost town... but mainly because of national policies that lead to all labor intensive industries to leave then factor in the short sighted people that always thought factories would here. Yeah it worked well for a hundred years or so but who puts all their eggs in one basket and who couldn't see the writing on the wall in the 90's.

If Ross thought they could support a store in Lenoir they would build one here just like any other store. They know how to use a map and how to read population, income and consumer statistics... they know where Lenoir is located.

If Lenoir offered any economic incentives to get your favorite stores here it's obvious people like you would b!tch about that as well so what do you suppose we do. Oh btw we dont pay Google's taxes, maybe you should look up what that economic development incentive consists of. Google only pays 20% of what their full tax would be which is still about 1000 times more than what the city/county was getting off that property anyways.
Ghost Town Resident

Lenoir, NC

#5 Jan 5, 2013
Why bother doing anything when a paid elected official receives the pay? I'd be doing the job for free. All this town has to offer anyone traveling through is fast food, drug stores, gas stations and Walmart. I think as a taxpayer, I have the right to get on my soap box. It gets old seeing empty factories everywhere and a DSS office slammed daily with people needing welfare. This town doesn't need to be this way but it is.....I just get tired of seeing more and more go elsewhere. Excuse me for pointing out the obvious. Nothing will ever come here, ever. This place hates change.
TSF

Kenly, NC

#6 Jan 6, 2013
With republikans in control for the last 50 years, what did you expect?
Ghost Town Resident wrote:
Why does this County just out and out SUCK????!!!!!!
Driving through Morganton, I see the area outside Henredon being graded for Ross store. Driving back in Lenoir on Restaurant Row 321, there is Waffle House. Oh wow, when Caldwell gets something here, we certainly reach for the stars.
30 years ago, Caldwell County was a thriving town. Now, we are the JOKE of Western NC. Catawba has always been ahead in retail and food, but now, the county is just a spot on the highway. Hickory traveling to Boone for dinner and vice versa, Wilkes traveling to Burke and vice versa......and here is the ghost town Lenoir that cannot even obtain an Old Navy store or Sears and Kmart. Big deal we have Walmart, we are so ignorant we need two in the county. Please. How hard is it to approach a retail giant to come to our pitiful county? It's not like we don't have available real estate lying around. Look at all the empty furniture factories. Evidently the citizens here are beyond wealthy, afterall, our political geniuses told Google we would pay their taxes for 20 years because Google must not be able to afford their taxes.(Sarcasm). Is it up to the Citizens do gather video footage of traffic PASSING THROUGH our ghost town on highway 321, gather info of how our county will practically give land away for them to come here. Employers of companies who care about putting Americans to work, how hard is it to put prospective area information together and approach companies.
What is the deal with this sorry place? I think if Caldwell merged with one of the surrounding counties, decreasing from 100 counties to 99, this pathetic area would finally become something besides the joke of Western NC. It gets so old seeing every county around us thriving and here we sit in empty factory parking life watching grass and weeds take over the buildings.
Melganton Resident

Morganton, NC

#7 Jan 6, 2013
Ghost Town Resident wrote:
Why does this County just out and out SUCK????!!!!!!
Driving through Morganton, I see the area outside Henredon being graded for Ross store. Driving back in Lenoir on Restaurant Row 321, there is Waffle House. Oh wow, when Caldwell gets something here, we certainly reach for the stars.
30 years ago, Caldwell County was a thriving town. Now, we are the JOKE of Western NC. Catawba has always been ahead in retail and food, but now, the county is just a spot on the highway. Hickory traveling to Boone for dinner and vice versa, Wilkes traveling to Burke and vice versa......and here is the ghost town Lenoir that cannot even obtain an Old Navy store or Sears and Kmart. Big deal we have Walmart, we are so ignorant we need two in the county. Please. How hard is it to approach a retail giant to come to our pitiful county? It's not like we don't have available real estate lying around. Look at all the empty furniture factories. Evidently the citizens here are beyond wealthy, afterall, our political geniuses told Google we would pay their taxes for 20 years because Google must not be able to afford their taxes.(Sarcasm). Is it up to the Citizens do gather video footage of traffic PASSING THROUGH our ghost town on highway 321, gather info of how our county will practically give land away for them to come here. Employers of companies who care about putting Americans to work, how hard is it to put prospective area information together and approach companies.
What is the deal with this sorry place? I think if Caldwell merged with one of the surrounding counties, decreasing from 100 counties to 99, this pathetic area would finally become something besides the joke of Western NC. It gets so old seeing every county around us thriving and here we sit in empty factory parking life watching grass and weeds take over the buildings.
Its NO better in Morganton, believe me. We call it Melganton after our Mayor, His Highness Mel Cohen. When you have been mayor as long as him, 30 years, graft and corruption become the norm. He runs off business that he and his cronies don't want.

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