Notes from the Newsroom
John I. Carney

End of an era

Posted Tuesday, September 11, 2012, at 1:56 PM
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  • I understand their move but I hope Big Springs can find an appropriate and magnetic anchor as well.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Sep 11, 2012, at 3:22 PM
  • I think that it's a bad idea to build the CVS there. It is hard enough trying to get out of Walgreens. Traffic/location is one of the reasons why I never shop there anymore.

    But I enjoyed going to CVS. It was easy to get to and you didn't have to dart out into traffic to get there.

    Looks like I'll be having to stop going there as well.

    -- Posted by -Beth- on Tue, Sep 11, 2012, at 11:40 PM
  • I agree with Beth. The new location is a terrible choice. This is at one of the two busiest intersections in town. There will not be easy access to getting into the parking lot, unless they can come up with a back entrance like Dollar General Market has.

    -- Posted by ILoveRoses on Wed, Sep 12, 2012, at 8:07 AM
  • The thing is -- and I've said this many times -- the fact that it's a busy intersection is exactly what a retail business wants. A retail business or restaurant wants to be at the busiest intersection in town, or at least the busiest one they can afford, because that traffic represents potential customers. They consider that an asset, not a liability. If you told them they had to locate on a less-busy intersection, they might have decided not to build at all.

    The city, of course, can consider traffic flow when approving the site plan, and can require changes in the placement of entrances or exits if there's going to be a traffic problem. They required some changes in the way traffic flowed into the Ascend FCU site, for example. But the city has to be careful about being too heavy-handed -- after all, a new retail store is new investment, which will presumably result in new sales tax revenue.

    -- Posted by jcarney on Wed, Sep 12, 2012, at 9:15 AM
  • John, lest we forget Pizza Villa in the Big Springs Center.

    -- Posted by mytaxesaremine on Wed, Sep 12, 2012, at 9:31 AM
  • Oh, yes, Pizza Villa! I had it in the back of my head that there was some kind of a restaurant but couldn't place it.

    -- Posted by jcarney on Wed, Sep 12, 2012, at 3:20 PM
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