Seligman businesses favor new Walmart
Locals say store brings competition, growth to city
Seligman's businesses and its leaders are reacting favorably to a Walmart Express coming into town.
"We are all ecstatic about it," said Joanie Hornback, the morning manager at Ruby's. "We're happy that the community is thriving. It's going to be a good thing for Seligman."
The estimated 12,000-square-foot Walmart has a projected grand opening in mid-December near the northeast corner of Highways 37 and 112. Construction began about a month ago.
The store will hire about 30 associates, and the Seligman Board of Administration has pre-approved the liquor license for the Express.
Nobody is going to sell liquor as good as Ruby's, Hornback said.
"We have a mass quantity, so I don't think they are going to hurt us, not one bit, not with our cigarettes or our liquor," she said. "It's going to be a good thing. Everybody needs a little competition. That's a democracy in America."
White Oak Station, a Dollar General, People's Community Bank, a U.S. Post Office, Seligman Auto Parts, two houses and 13-1/2 acres of farm land are in close proximity to the Walmart Express.
"I think it is OK for it to come here, and I am glad they are going to employ 30 some employees," said Cleta Stanley, who co-owns Seligman Auto Parts with her husband, Neal.
The Stanleys also have leadership roles within the Seligman Chamber of Commerce. Neal Stanley is the vice president, and Cleta Stanley is the secretary.
"We are glad to see businesses come into Seligman," Cleta Stanley said. "Competition is good."
Since each Walmart Express sells a full line of groceries, the new store could impact Norm's Grocery the most. Norm's management was not available for comment.
Jerry Montgomery, mayor, said the new store shows Seligman is stepping up.
"The Walmart Express is good for Seligman because it means progress for the town," he said.