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No matter what Menard's will eventually be reduced to exactly what home depot offers. Nothing more nothing less.
The Lawrence market dictates demand. Why carry more than a market demands? Any store that comes to town will will reduced to Lawrence demand because that is what the dollars dictate.
Home Depot has other stores in the KCMO metro that stock items we don't see in Lawrence. Why because the KCMO market supports that level of inventory. Same with Topeka market.
Two stores next door to each other catering to the same market will shut one down = back to one store.
30% of the Lawrence population is college students. That explains the market.
fmri is correct. I to remember when the LJW praised downtown as a sacred area of town. Remember the expression "Beautiful Downtown Lawrence?" All I ever see downtown now are homeless people, drunks, druggies and psychos, not necessarily in that order. The retail consists of bars, restaurants and stores that sell KU trinkets for 10 times what they are worth.
Mr burger, ku memorabilia is sold all over town and sales tax collected. No shortage of buyers. You know about KU don't you? :)
Face it. The jobs are going to southern Leavenworth county Whr a new industrial park is developed. Try buying land in southern lv county!
What gets me is the 180 degree about face that the LJW has made. For many years they were the ones who held downtown Lawrence sacred and quashed many proposals that were a threat to that supposed sanctity.
Lawrence has a reputation for being "hostile" to new businesses. This includes warehousing, manufacturing, or big box retail. Lawrence should be an area with growth. Located on I-70 and the Hwy 10 corridor to I-35 make it very attractive. So why do we fail so miserably at promoting our city? People like the author of this letter is why. Always looking for any excuse to not allow a new business or company into their "sacred" town.
Jobs that pay minimum wage and less than 40 hours a week so as to avoid being part of the ACA. It is an unfortunate part of human nature to believe that better bargains, greener grass so to speak always exist somewhere else. No one need to shop outside of Lawrence, the choose to and likely would regardless of what businesses are located here. I would rather live in a somewhat business cautious Lawrence than Olathe West.
Doug, your assumption that the money will stay in Lawrence when the shopper will buy from another outlet is incorrect. Several independent workers and small contractors use Lowes for major purchases because current local stores do not carry the product or quality. I know this to be a fact. Your argument has been used over the years when WalMart came to town, Sears, JC Penney, Home Depot, Payless Cashways, etc. While most have been in business for over a decade, Sears closed. Is the old Sears building a blighted area, no. It has been repurposed. Is the failed Payless a blighted area, no it's been repurposed. The business will bring jobs if nothing else.
Haskell Wetlands: blood was shed there, it deserves being protected, it is sacred.
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