Target coming to South Walton?

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  1. shellak

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    i know you, and you are one smart lady.
     
  2. 30A Skunkape

    30A Skunkape Mr. Small Box

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    It sounds like there is a market for a locals only $1 car sunshield outlet on HWY 98.
     
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    So Wal-mart is not the great thing so many people thought it would be?

    Score one for the bug!
     
  4. 30A Skunkape

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    What are you talking about? The general impression I got was that the gloom and doomers and Wal-Whiners predicted that:

    1-The blight of a Wal-Mart would forever leave a scar on SOWAL. The light pollution, noise pollution, blahblahblah. We would be ruined.
    2-The heartless capitalists in Arkansas were going to ruin every business south of the bay by undercutting prices. Pharmacies, hardware stores, Publix, you name it, Wal-Mart was going to kill them off. We would be ruined.
    3-All SOWALIANS would be enslaved at SOWALMART once their place of business went under and employment was needed. We would be ruined.

    Now it sounds like the main complaints revolve around the failure of the Arkansians to anticipate our love of auto sunshades, the really surprising development that a micro-Wal-Mart does not have as much audiovisual crap as a Best Buy and an amazingly short sighted strategy of loading the store with items that might be more useful to a family stocking a beach condo for a week instead of a family stocking up for a month. Jeez.

    As I predicted way back at the genesis of the SOWALMART brewhaha, there was so much hyperbole which we now know was 100% inaccurate in retrospect. Scooty, if you get 1, the skunkape gets 10, and my 10 was cheaper than your 1 because I got my 10 at SOWALMART!!! :wave:
     
  5. whatiscmr

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    Walmart and Publix (which is a chain that nobody seems concerned about being in Sowal) appear to be thriving businesses and job producers. +1 for economic growth!
     
  6. shellak

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    if your smart remark about auto sunshades refers to my post, that's too bad. there were many other things that walmart did not have - i just didn't bother to list them. i am clearly not the only one who thinks very little of the place. the locals keep a place going...tourists are here for a short time. you can be a walmart fan....i choose not to be. free country, i guess.
     
  7. Beach Runner

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    Damn the big boxes. They are a scourge on our nation.
     
  8. Teresa

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    I've heard from many locals who had wanted the Walmart who say they are disappointed in the merchandise. It is not just those who never wanted it.

    However, I did find something the other day that I really needed to purchase asap (a shower seat for someone having foot surgery) - I was going to order online but I swung in as I was over that way. no one could help me, but I looked and helped myself. pleasantly surprised!!! thank you 8 lb 6 oz baby walmart!
     
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  9. 30A Skunkape

    30A Skunkape Mr. Small Box

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    So how is Scooterbug's foot doing? ;-)
     
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    30A Skunkape Mr. Small Box

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    Here is a frontline report from your SOWALMART. I went yesterday to get deodorant, soap and shampoo. Just for fun I went looking for an automobile windshield shade. I did not find a shade, but the auto section is close to electronics and a nice lady from electronics asked me if she could help me find something...I passed and thanked her. Lots of Halloween stuff on the shelves and don't look now, but the Christmas goods are starting to arrive. Very festive, I tell ya. I contemplated buying an imported pair of sunglasses for $10 but resisted the urge. I found the exact products I wanted in the pharmacy area and was out in less than ten minutes. No crowds. Cashier was a very friendly smiling lady who skillfully hid the shackles that would reveal her unwilling servitude to WAL-MART. Got outta the joint for less than $11. And I forgot to mention, on the way in I pitched a handful of plastic bags into the bag recycler...very active hub of plastic recycling in the store, I must say. In and out. Got what I needed, helpful employees, quick and easy and eco-friendly. Great experience.
     
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    My feet are both fine and you know it!

    Wal-mart was supposedly going to be the place for locals to get their everyday and hard to find items at low prices and a convenient location. That was supposed to offset the negatives. Instead, we opened the Pandora's "big box" and seem to not have gotten the touted positives.
     
  12. Teresa

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    Thank you.
     
  13. Teresa

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    so far so good! maybe I shall take scootyfunn on an outing to our Smalmart for a lesson in driving the electric shopping cart.
     
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    Isn't Scooty something? I heard he ruptured his Achilles tendon running from security dispersing he and other local rabblerousers trying to unionize SOWALMART employees. Scooty is on the record as being a huge fan of LSVs, so I'm thinking a LSV tour of SOWALMART to break his WALMARTophobia may be just what the doctor ordered. You might need to slap a straight jacket on him...they had a few in the Halloween stuff. :rolling: :popcorn: :wacko: :funn:
     
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    I'm glad some people can find what they are looking for at the new store. That does not change my opinion that it was a waste of development. This area did not need an Alvin's Island that sells milk.
     
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    You're a nut. Thanks for the tip though - I have always wanted a straight jacket to keep at the house just in case.
     
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    The appearance of Wally world marked the end of 30a as we know it. Period.
     
  18. 30A Skunkape

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    Is there a Wally world on 30-A?:dunno:
     
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    did you know that you can preserve your expensive gas, spend the money on a martini or margarita, and order your needs from your cell phone or laptop, all while enjoying the sunset? Wal-mart delivers for 97cents or FREE on a lot of items!! just a thought!
     
  20. Bobby J

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    I heard a quote once that reminds me of Walmart and Target. 80% of people work at jobs they hate to buy stuff they don't need.

    I truly believe we are better off without these big chains but them being here does not really ruffle my feathers. They just remind me that our little bit of paradise is growing and I am really grateful I got to live it before the inevitable. Change happens.
     

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