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There is no need for a 'new' Wal-Mart

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Posted: Monday, December 15, 2008 10:00 pm

I see no reason why there must be a new Wal-Mart in Lodi at his time.

We should wait before creating thousands of feet more vacant retail space. If Lodi is so prominent an item on Wal-Mart's world scene, they should enlarge the existing store for the time being.

I shop almost exclusively in Lodi. I shopped at Wal-Mart in Lodi twice last week and at least once this week. The only stores that drag me out of Lodi for shopping are Costco, Trader Joe's and (before the Lodi multiplex) movies. I survive very well with only 12 screens.

Building a Supercenter at this time will only create thousands more square feet of vacant retail space in our town - added to Ace Hardware, Lakewood Drugs and scores of smaller retail vacancies. Getting that space leased will require a ton more dance studios, martial arts gyms and barbershops.

Meanwhile, I go through life aware there is a Costco store in Turlock, Modesto, Manteca, Stockton, Fairfield, Tracy and three in Sacramento, and leaving my 95242 zip code at any Trader Joe's I enter. That's what I want in Lodi and any council that accomplishes that will get my vote.

Gerry Gandt


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