Monday, July 28, 2008

Walmart effect in Yelm, Saars Marketplace

Walmart effect in Yelm?

Maybe not so much:

Months after QFC shut its doors, area residents will soon have a grocery store besides Safeway or Wal-Mart to choose from.

Saar’s Market Place is set to open in Yelm sometime in July, and its operating manager may be a familiar face for longtime residents.

Saar’s will open in the former QFC location. Because the space was formerly a grocery store, it’s expected to shorten the relatively quick time frame for opening.

If Walmart did have an impact, it influenced one large national chain out of town, but then convinced a locally owned chain that there was enough going on in Yelm for them to open a store.

I hope Saar's sticks around. Not saying there isn't actually a Walmart effect, but at least it isn't be felt in Yelm.

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