As of Thursday, June 13, 2013
Goldendale To the editor:
This letter is to The Dalles Chamber of Commerce and its ilk to say that I am tired of hearing about objections to the big Walmart store going into The Dalles.
And, as a resident of Klickitat County, who shops The Dalles regularly, I object to the latest objection. Right now, I and others drive over 100 miles to their big store in Wood Village, or almost 100 miles to Yakima to shop. Their aisles are wide, their customer service wonderful, and their carts for the disabled, exceptional and convenient. I am disabled. It is a pleasure to do business with them and the atmosphere such that even their customers cheerfully assist each other. That does not mean that I don’t still do business with other stores in The Dalles.
However, I and several others I know, quit one particular store long ago, after it sold but kept the main part of its name, because of its attitude toward its customers, total lack of service at any time, overcrowded aisles which create a fire hazard, and other situations which no longer make it feasible for me to even bother walking through their doors. The last time I was there, I could see exactly what I wanted, but there was no way I could get to the product. So, again I left and I will never be back. That store, which is one of the main businesses to file objections against the Walmart store coming into The Dalles, put itself out of business years ago because of its own actions.
The new Walmart store can put people back to work on a huge scale, not only from the city and businesses who haven’t cared for years, but also people from various counties, including Klickitat County. And it will bring customers back from miles around who now drive great distances to do business with Walmart.
If some of these existing stores go out of business, they have no one but themselves to blame, not Walmart. Again, as a customer, I object to the objections.