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Kathleen

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Aug 8, 2006
 
So what's the next step for the property that was earmarked for Wal-Mart?
How about a nice new food store? That's really what the village residents want and need.
Mary

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Aug 27, 2006
 

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Kathleen wrote:
So what's the next step for the property that was earmarked for Wal-Mart?
How about a nice new food store? That's really what the village residents want and need.
How about a quaint bookstore, another antique store, another unique restaurant..anything to keep Ballston Spa looking like it did in the late 1800's.. I grew up in a thriving little town with all anyone needed, now it is a shell of a town with nothing to offer but a drive to the next town over. Wal-Mart would have been good for Ballston Spa and for its people.. It has been a sad story to watch..
Matt

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Oct 12, 2006
 
I grew up in Ballston Spa, and Wal-Mart would have ruined that town. Today I read an article in the Times Union that the family that owns the property is suing to go ahead, so if they are successful they will ruin the town.

The great thing about Ballston is that it is a small town. Put in a big box store and all of that is lost. Ballston would become just another cookie-cutter town centered around a gigantic store complex with lights so bright that you couldn't even see the stars at night anymore.

Would it be that big a deal to put a store on the North end of town where the Grand Union used to be? Do they have to put in a huge complex where ther is currently no development? Is it really too much to drive an extra 5-10 minutes to go to the store once a week?
george and carolyn hannah

Saratoga Springs, NY

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Jan 2, 2007
 
Matt wrote:
I grew up in Ballston Spa, and Wal-Mart would have ruined that town. Today I read an article in the Times Union that the family that owns the property is suing to go ahead, so if they are successful they will ruin the town.
The great thing about Ballston is that it is a small town. Put in a big box store and all of that is lost. Ballston would become just another cookie-cutter town centered around a gigantic store complex with lights so bright that you couldn't even see the stars at night anymore.
Would it be that big a deal to put a store on the North end of town where the Grand Union used to be? Do they have to put in a huge complex where ther is currently no development? Is it really too much to drive an extra 5-10 minutes to go to the store once a week?
Hi Matt thank you for your support my husband owns Anna's flowers and has been in business for 50 years and I own Ms Carol's Salon I have been in business for 27 yrs and you are right a walmart would have killed our town. We now have a Ocean Lot store in the old Grand Union store and it is doing great.
Mary

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Jan 13, 2007
 
george and carolyn hannah wrote:
<quoted text> Hi Matt thank you for your support my husband owns Anna's flowers and has been in business for 50 years and I own Ms Carol's Salon I have been in business for 27 yrs and you are right a walmart would have killed our town. We now have a Ocean Lot store in the old Grand Union store and it is doing great.
Did Wal-Mart "kill" all the other Hannah stores that used to line Milton avenue??
Eleonore

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Feb 2, 2007
 
I currently live in Ballston Spa. I don't own any property or stores but I agree that Wal-mart would have destroyed the town. There are many small businesses there that would not have been able to compete with the superstore.

To be honest, another Wal-mart isn't necessary. There's one in Wilton, a whole 15-20 minutes away. There's one in Scotia-Glenville. Again only about 20 minutes away. There's one in Clifton Park. One in Ballston Spa is redundant and wasteful.
Justin

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Feb 27, 2007
 
I live in Ballston spa. And I think Wal-Mart is a great spot in Ballston spa. I can have a great jod there and I will not have to work in the food business. That is all ballston spa is now. Also I can save money on gas. With gas prices being so high i can save a lot of money on gas. Many people will have jobs. And many people don't have to go far to get what they need or want.
Bridget

Herkimer, NY

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Mar 2, 2007
 
Mary wrote:
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How about a quaint bookstore, another antique store, another unique restaurant..anything to keep Ballston Spa looking like it did in the late 1800's.. I grew up in a thriving little town with all anyone needed, now it is a shell of a town with nothing to offer but a drive to the next town over. Wal-Mart would have been good for Ballston Spa and for its people.. It has been a sad story to watch..
I don't see how people that don't live in balston spa can really have a say in anything that goes on there. i live in saratoga and if they want a walmart than they should get one. if i lived there i could have a say
Margie

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Mar 14, 2007
 

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Justin, You could have a job at walmart if they built one in Ballston Spa. But you would be paid a very low wage and you wouldn't receive medical benefits. So if you had to go to a hospital you would have to pay for it with your own money and the wage you get from Walmart it would take you years to pay off the hospital bill, Also all the other little stores in Ballston Spa would close because walmart would sell those same items for alot less money. All those people would lose their jobs just so you can save money on gas. Look for a job at all the other stores in Ballston Spa. The will pay you more than walmart.
Mary

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Mar 21, 2007
 
To Bridget. I no longer live in Ballston Spa but have many relatives there and am concerned for nieces and nephews who would benefit from a job at a Wal-Mart store.. I do come back to visit as often as possible and have been dismayed over the years to see the town shrivel.. and it has shriveled.
To Margie: I have been a Wal-Mart employee for many years and like any other large corporation it has it's faults.. but not as many as you have put forth. They pay a very competative retail wage,,, you might be surprised at my benefits too. I have health insurance with prescription coverage, I have paid vacation, sick leave, personal time. I have a 401K plan, and I now have all this working 20hrs per week!
So Justin Wal-Mart is not the big bad monster it is protrayed and does much for any community it enters.. will that area grow? Most likely other business's that are competing for the Wal-Mart dollar will come.. but then you can do Al Gore a favor and not drive your cars to the next town for groceries!
phil

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#11
Apr 2, 2007
 
how bout a bank
Tim

Cambridgeport, VT

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Apr 7, 2007
 
I think the folks who don't know what it's like to drive through Ballston Spa at 4:00 in the afternoon and don't live here anyway should mind thier own beeswax huh?
Janice

Gansevoort, NY

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Apr 11, 2007
 
How about a family owned business.
Bill O Fer

Hurleyville, NY

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May 13, 2007
 
If you think Ballston Spa is a shell of a town, or as Mary from WY said above, "shrivel(ed)", wait until they plop this conduit for cheap Chineese products right there on 50. IMHO, the town needs an updated supermarket with a pharmacy as well as a centrally located bank more than anything. Oh, you say you need the cheap stuff you can find at Wal-Mart? drive a few minutes either north or south on 50, you'll find it soon enough.
Bill O Fer

Hurleyville, NY

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May 13, 2007
 
btw, I should add that I am a former resident with family ties to the town, not just some outsider poking his nose into other people's business
Mary

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May 16, 2007
 

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I too am one with many ties to the area.. born and raised as they say.. generations of my family..
I love Ballston Spa and have many nieces and nephews that would benefit from a job at Wal-Mart.
When I was growing up there,,it was a thriving little town with everything you needed within walking distance,,, didn't have to drive(with gas at three dollars +,,,
I am surprised that Wal-Mart is the big bad wolf,, Ballston has changed and when I come into the town and see that huge gas station right on Milton Avenue,,, I am surprised,,, then see that long line of unending traffic that will drive right through Ballston Spa..perhaps stopping for gas at that station..
Ballston Spa has changed and a Wal-Mart would have benefited many more people than what they have now.
Brad

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May 16, 2007
 
I too agree with Mary. Wal-Mart could save Ballston-Spa's dieing economy, with jobs, TAXES (which may eleviate some tax burden on the city's residents), and cheap reliable goods. To add further, the land that was sold to Wal-mart was zoned for commercial use; therefore, unless the town is going to claim iminant domain and build something good to the public there; Sorry all but our Wal-Mart will be there soon enough.
Margie

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#18
Jun 4, 2007
 
Sorry folks! Still don't believe they should put a walmart in our town. And if you were hear to see all the people who showed up at the first town meeting to object to this idea, you'd know that the majority of the towns people were against it. The Rossi's don't own this town. The just happen to own a piece of it like the rest of us. There are alot of private homes surrounding this parcel of land. This private land owners would have been subject to Walmarts parking lot lights into their homes all night. We all know how bright those lights are. We are not talking about one or two homes . Were talking at least 2 doz or more. The value of their homes would have depreciated drastically overnight. These homes are their nest eggs and to lose it would have been devestating. One women cried because she knew she could lose her quality of life. Imagine walmart parking lot in your backyard. Asphalt running up to her property line. Is is so necessary to have a walmart in every town? If so all the other big box stores would have followed suit. Target, and Home Depot were right behind them. Why can't everybody coordinate their errands.
Margie

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#19
Jun 4, 2007
 
Brad, So sorry but as far as I know the land was not sold to walmart. The deal was based on if walmart was given the go ahead on all requirments for their structure. Ex: soil, building permits, zoning, traffic etc. They didn't even get to first base. The Rossi's have filed multiple lawsuits against the town. They've lost all but one and that doesn't look promising for them either. So therefore I don't think The Rossi's or walmart has a chance in hell in Building in Ballston Spa. I think alot of the town residents would welcome more retail businesses but not any bigbox stores. Saratoga Springs did it right with quaint stores and succeeded. Unfortunately they are now inviting other chain retail into the town and I think alot of people are dissapointed in the results. Greed will get you in the end.
RAWK CP NY

Gloversville, NY

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Jul 30, 2007
 
I watched this documentary today (on again now)
STARZ
http://www.walmartmovie.com/
http://www.walmartmovie.com/facts.php
I heard things hear n there, but after watching this, I understand better (saw signs and work with residents, and also a neighbor to BS-hope this qualifies) why small towns like Ballston Spa dont want one there. Besides they can go to Saratoga or Clifton Park (Which is losing more and more land to businesses or buildings being built without tenants (some of those are still sitting there empty with a lease sign), while I went by last night and saw several more buildings being put up around Rt9 & 146. It would be 30 min or less to each of these locations.
TO BRAD-AOL (QUOTE)***above links will explain this****
"Wal-Mart could save Ballston-Spa's dieing economy, with jobs, TAXES (which may eleviate some tax burden on the city's residents), and cheap reliable goods. To add further, the land that was sold to Wal-mart was zoned for commercial use; therefore, unless the town is going to claim iminant domain and build something good to the public there; Sorry all but our Wal-Mart will be there soon enough."
I also read above re: a Walmart Employee, who made a good salary & had good benefits at 20hrs. From what I read, watched, and heard from a good friend who worked there for years "FULL-TIME"(who has health problems and needs many medications-but still couldnt afford it with her Walmart Health Insurance)...that above statement is rare...On the above sites, it states the average employee makes approx.$13,000 yrly, with lousy benefits....Watch it on Starz or read the above links....

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