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We certainly need to grow, but if we had a Wal-Mart, Sam’s, Publix, Lowes, medical center, and/or department stores, we would have to have the population density and traffic of an Alabaster or Riverchase. I don’t want to live in Alabaster or Riverchase. I think we should focus on lodging and food at our exit for the Birmingham to Montgomery commuters. Entry level jobs with national companies–even fast food–quickly turn into management opportunities and long term careers. I’d also like to see some city-sponsored seminars regarding at-home income in a variety of fields.
just out of simple curiosity if say some local person built on the I65 land and put some small retail store no Sears or jc penny size store maybe a few 5-8,000 sq ft. retail stores with the anchor being a locally owned grocery store about 10-15,000 sq ft.
If this was done and a Walmart or Sams Club or any other big boy store came in what do u think would happen in that case would everyone start shopping at Walmart to supposedly save money or would the local owner win, keep in mind now to operate a grocery store each day cost around $3,500 + to run (keep in mind that is per day) this figure really is just the employees and the basics lights, water etc. NO supplies or merchandise?
Any way I am just wondering here so leave some comments please be honest.
Thank you for your questions Matthew. There are no easy answers to this question that will ultimately make absolutely everyone happy. At the same time, growth is inevitable and needed. Jemison would be very glad to have Walmart and other large retailers join our community at the 219 interstate exit. Yes, it would likely have an affect on the current local businesses in the City of Jemison; the effects are both negative and positive. The additional businesses that tend to locate with a Walmart, etc. will also benefit the City with new conveniences for Jemison residents and an increased tax base. It is not likely that “everyone would start shopping at Walmart” but it would change things of course.
It would seem to us that good planning for new businesses will help maximize the positives and minimize the negatives. Historically, most communities find that large retailers and the ancillary businesses that also arrive, benefit folks much more than harm them. Those who see change as bad “because it is change” might not think positively about the changes; but those who see change as a new opportunity are poised to thrive in new ways that weren’t possible before.
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