I totally agree with Terri Adams’ comments about Walmart. Everything I shop at Walmart for is not available in our downtown stores. I cannot go downtown and purchase shoes for my son, a shirt for my husband and personals for myself. Many residents would rather drive all the way to the Walmart in Antioch than shop downtown. Right now all the Brentwood residents that shop at Walmart are giving money to the city of Antioch.
Wouldn’t we rather keep that income here in our own town? Does anyone really think that denying the Walmart will stop people from shopping there and bring more business to downtown? It’s got everything you need at an inexpensive price. Something the downtown stores just cannot provide.
I also think everyone needs to realize that when the city leaders built The Streets of Brentwood, they decided downtown’s fate. Even restaurants that were once in downtown have moved out there, and they even built a new theater to compete with our historic one. Plus, the last time I had dinner at an expensive downtown restaurant with family from out-of-state, we were most embarrassed by mold that was found on our loaf of bread. Yet no one at the restaurant of manager status made any effort to apologize or even “comp” our bottle of wine for my 80-year-old mother’s birthday celebration.
Sorry, but location isn’t always what keeps businesses open – it’s service and quality. Personally, I think all the expensive renovations were a waste of our taxpayer’s money. We’d be much better off building the Walmart and keeping our money here in Brentwood.
Charmaine Ehrhart, Brentwood