Brandy Lee has
mixed emotions about the new Walmart Supercenter going up in Tallassee. Lee
applauds the fact the new Walmart will be so much better than the old one
which, by the way, is said to be one of the smallest Wal-Mart stores in the
worries the expanded Walmart could sweep away locally owned businesses such as
the Super Foods grocery store and Herrin Hill Pharmacy.
"I know it
will mean more jobs but I'm concerned they will not only match local prices but
beat them as well. You have to wonder what effect that will have on local
stores," said Lee.
don't see that happening because the local stores will do what they need to do
to be profitable," said Tallassee mayor Bobby Payne. The mayor may
have a point.
for example, plans to shop at the new Walmart and keep her business at Super
Foods as well.
think Super Foods has the best meats in town," said Johnson.
Unlike the old
Walmart the new one will have new amenities such as a bakery, pharmacy, deli,
grocery, electronics but no tire store.
says there is little doubt the new store will increase sales tax revenues for
the city by as much as 20 percent.
this as a good thing and we feel we'll attract our friends and neighbors such
as Eclectic and Notasulga," said Payne.
management plans to hire an additional 50 people for the new store bringing the
total to more than 100 employees. That figure includes current employees
working now at the old Wal-Mart.
The owner of
Super Foods declined an on-camera interview saying he's taking a neutral stand
on the matter and WSFA 12 News was unable to reach the owner of Herrin Hill
Pharmacy. The businesses are privately owned.
Despite some initial misgivings Brandy Lee along with Kayla Johnson are confident the Supercenter will be 'super' for all of Tallassee. Opening day is set for sometime in April of this year.
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