Does our city really need a second Wal-Mart? I think not!
I have lived in Ceres for 50 years. I have major concerns for the economy and the welfare of our community.
We already have a Wal-Mart and seven other general merchandise-grocery stores as well as six full grocery stores, not to mention enough fast food restaurants to choke a horse. Yes, competitive marketing is high in our small city.
It appears Wal-Mart wants to have a monopoly on the retail business in Ceres as well as the surrounding community. Every department in a supercenter will be larger, which translates to more sales that will eventually drive small stores out of business!
Can our community really afford to let this happen? After Wal-Mart first opened in Ceres, Kmart, Rite-Aid and other small businesses really took hard hits in sales.
Let's educate ourselves about what can happen if a supercenter comes to Ceres. Please voice your concerns to the City Council before it's too late.
JAMES R. VINYARD