Saturday, January 29, 2005

Proposed Walmart in Stanwood

The City of Stanwood has recently commissioned an impact study to measure the potential impact of a Walmart on the local economy.

Do you support a Walmart opening in Stanwood or are you against it? Why?


At March 3, 2005 at 10:28 AM, Blogger Willowvale said...

I totally disagree with a Walmart in Stanwood. If I wanted Walmart I would move to Marysville or Mt. Vernon. Still if I choose to shop at Walmart ( which I DO NOT )I will drive the 15 miles either way to do so. We moved to Stanwood 15 years ago for the rural setting and small community, both of which we are losing rapidly. Now we find ourselves in the middle of another Lynnwood or Kent. As our children are now grown we are looking for somewhere else to live, another smaller community not infiltrated by box stores, where you know your neighbors, a place your voice can be heard in the community, a place like Stanwood used to be. America needs it's small towns, it's Mom and Pop businesses, towns of simplicitude and individuality. We don't need a damn Walmart on every street corner!

At March 4, 2005 at 8:50 AM, Blogger Annie said...

I would like you to know that I am so opposed to Walmart coming into Stanwood.

First of all the location is terrible. Why? Several reasons:

1) Church Creek runs through the back of the piece of property. Church Creek is a salmon spawning Creek. The runoff from oil in the parking lot would be detrimental to an already challenged creek.

Also, it's right next to the park. Who wants a Walmart next to the park?

2) The traffic. It's a nightmare as it is. When the full impact of all the new housing that is currently being built, the traffic will go from nightmare to horrible. I know the city has a grant for matching federal funds to improve that intersection, but bringing in a store like Walmart is not the answer.

3) It would be next to the high school. Great place for the kids to hang out and smokeā€¦..

4) The esthetics. How ugly to be driving into our town, or the island. Welcome to Walwood.

The other reason I am opposed to Walmart is that it would economically challenge all the local businesses in our community. I don't like the way Walmart does business. I don't like the way they bully themselves into a community. Walmart is already in Mount Vernon, Marysville, and soon to be in Smokey Point. Don't you think that's enough?

If the city needs a big box store, bring in Fred Myers or Target, and build it next to the bus barn, but not on that corner. And why is the city gravitating out, up on the hill? I just don't want to see Stanwood turning into another Lynnwood, or Federal Way North.

Anne Jones

Stanwood resident 15 years

At March 11, 2005 at 8:49 PM, Blogger bobgeorge said...

I think a Wal-Mart would be a good thing and i will explain why.I had a business in Stanwood for a while. I had a prominent banker in this town tell me that Stanwood is a transient town. meaning that most residents go outside of the area to shop. which means valuable tax dollars, that stanwood could use for many different things, are being deposited in other towns budgets. If you ask me several screwups have already been made. First of all, the Haggens Store. It was supposed to be downtown but, because of the old people in town they would not go for it. so, the developer bought the land up on the hill and built it there. as a result downtown continues to die. second the QFC. It is owned by Fred Meyer which is owned by Kroger. They should have built a Fred Meyer there. then you would have a major retailer in downtown that has just about everything anyone would want and as a result the transient problem would disappear. lastly, the Thrifty store. they were outclassed the minute Haggen opened. the only people that go there are the old residents. as I see it the whole thrifty complex should be torn down and a new Wal-Mart should be built there. Also, don't let this small town business thing throw you. if we had wanted to keep corporations out then there would be no Haggen, or QFC or Rite Aid or soon to be Bartell's Drugs by Burger King. And remember, the only reason why we do not have a Taco Bell/KFC is because of the Stock Market Crash after 9/11

At March 16, 2005 at 9:40 AM, Blogger sixystyle said...

30 years in this place, Its gone to far alreay with Haggens, and Qfc..It hasnt been a small town for years..Everyone needs to sit back and let it go, there are to many people that moved here,30 years of driving for clothes for children, appliance, and many other thing........All you people that dont want it!!! MOVE!!mabey concrete?? Its small!!:)

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At November 26, 2013 at 7:38 PM, Blogger ann said...

Yes...they should put a Walmart in Stanwood

At November 26, 2013 at 7:39 PM, Blogger ann said...

Yes...they should put a Walmart in Stanwood


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