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Posted: Friday, November 21, 2008 10:00 pm

In these trying economic times, being a small business owner is more of a challenge than it has ever been.

While it will most likely take several months or even years for our nation and local economy to get out of this economic crisis, as a small business, we cannot afford to wait it out. We need the opportunity to grow our business now, which is why we are in support of a Supercenter in Lodi.

When opponents of the Supercenter project talk about Wal-Mart chasing out the little guys, they are not telling the truth. For the last four months, we have had the opportunity to grow our business by supplying the "Glow and Throw UFO" Illuminated Flying Disc to 12 area Wal-Mart stores from Modesto to Sacramento, including the Lodi store. Having my product sold at Wal-Mart has been an essential component of our business model.

The Glow and Throw UFO became a very hot item at the Wal-Mart stores, and just within three months we sold over 200 of them at the Lodi Wal-Mart store alone. I owe much of the product's success to being able to sell them at Wal-Mart stores. Stamos Enterprises LLC is a prime example of how a Wal-Mart Supercenter in Lodi can provide opportunities to smaller and locally owned businesses, contrary to what project opponents want you to believe. Wal-Mart supports thousands of local suppliers nationwide, including large and small suppliers like us right here in Lodi and throughout San Joaquin County.

In fact, since 2005, Wal-Mart has purchased more than $654 million in goods from San Joaquin County suppliers, which supports close to 13,000 local jobs. This is the type of growth that our city officials should be supporting because we need all of the extra revenue and jobs that we can get. The Lodi Shopping Center and Wal-Mart Supercenter will provide those opportunities, as well as encourage local companies to grow their operations. If they want it, Lodi businesses can reap the benefits of this national retailer opening a bigger store in Lodi.

Bryan Stamos


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  • posted at 3:10 am on Sun, Nov 23, 2008.


    Lodian, that's called a mind for business:-)

  • posted at 7:27 pm on Sat, Nov 22, 2008.


    I wonder if Mr. Stamos paid for this advertisement. ;-)

  • posted at 12:29 pm on Sat, Nov 22, 2008.


    Bry, good job. Congratulations on your business being picked up by the #1 retailer in the entire world. You couldn't get better exposure than #1. Don't let the haters tax your gig, they're just jealous.

  • posted at 4:46 am on Sat, Nov 22, 2008.


    Well Mr. Lewdeye, You obviously missed the point. This is about free enterprise and capitalism which made America a once great nation. Unfortunately, there are so many lazy socialists in America today who want government to be their daddy & provide everything for them, they hate to see any form of free enterprise and success of others. So they work to vilify successful businesses like Wal-Wart but yet they all still shop there.

  • posted at 4:02 am on Sat, Nov 22, 2008.


    So, Mr. Bryan, you're saying that the new SuperWalmart is going to sell more of your flying discs, aka frisbee? With only sales of 300 they don't seem to be flying off the shelves very fast. What about Target, ToysRus, Walgreen's, Kohl's, Kaybee Toys and other stores that handles toys? If more than one store isn't interested in your frisbees, I wouldn't be banking on Walmart asking for more of your inventory soon.

  • posted at 3:11 am on Sat, Nov 22, 2008.


    Well, since Mr. Stamos has a genuine interest in Wal-Mart I can certainly understand his "glow"ing opinion of the company. Of course because of his bias, others probably won't be persuaded to support the arrival of a Super Wal-Mart because of Stamos' letter. My position has always been that any legitimate business (large or small) that desires to be successful and which will be an asset to our community should never be prohibited from opening its doors.Of further interest to me (simply because the product he is cleverly advertising in his no-cost Letter to the Editor garnered a rather large spread in a previous edition of the News-Sentinel) is how have sales been since the 200 sold during the first three months on Wal-Mart's shelves?Hopefully this little advertisement will provide a boost for him during the upcoming holiday sales season.

  • posted at 1:45 am on Sat, Nov 22, 2008.


    Bryan, very refreshing to read about your thanks and appreciation and the positive side, rather than spew out more Lodi negativity of Walmart. Success takes some doing and being "driven" and going that extra mile to make it happen. You didn't give up


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