Big Retail Making Its Way to LaVergne

For years people of LaVergne have been asking for retail. We want to be able to shop for clothes, shoes, and other items in our own city.  With all due respect to our neighbors next door, we are tired of giving our sales tax revenue to Smyrna, Murfreesboro, and Nashville.

First there were rumors. We had been hearing that a new Walmart was going on Sam Ridley Parkway. There was the rumor that Nissan bought the Walmart on Enon Springs Rd.  We heard one alderman say that Walmart wouldn’t come to LaVergne because of sinkholes!  So amid all the rumors and speculation, we were very pleased by today’s official announcement from the city.  Walmart is officially coming to LaVergne! What welcome news!! 

Here are links to the story:

Walmart Site

Official city link. (Congratulations to Mayor Mosley and the economic development team who accomplished this, by the way!)

“It has been a pleasure to work with La Vergne over the last year,” said Ray Glover, Walmart Real Estate Director. “Walmart is excited for the opportunity to serve the people of La Vergne. We are thankful for the vision of Mayor Senna Mosley, to bring the people of La Vergne an opportunity to save money so they can live better.”

Channel 4 News.

The new store would be built near the corner of Murfreesboro and Fergus roads, and city officials say it would add about 400 new jobs to the community.

Channel 2 News.

“We started showing the retailers we mean business.  We wanted them here and I think they finally saw that we have 35,000 people here who have nowhere to shop and we kept emphasizing that and it paid off,” said La Vergne Mayor Senna Mosley.

Daily News Journal.

Mayor Senna Mosley said. “I am elated that La Vergne will now have options to shop for clothes, books, shoes, and more without having to leave the city.”

This is exactly the reason why Walmart chose to build a new store in La Vergne, said Erica Jones, senior manager of communications for Walmart.

Sadly, we have already had our share of naysayers. People are upset that the big, giant, let’s-buy-stuff-from China, let’s-shut-down-mom-and-pop-stores, we-have-only-two-registers-open, and let’s-keep-everyone-on-food-stamps retail employer is coming. To you I say get over yourself.  What do we have in LaVergne? We have three grocery stores (and really, only one is a major grocery). We have four auto parts stores. We have two liquor stores. We have several cocinas, cantinas, and mercados type stores. We have… hmmm… let me think… one liquidator store, one bike repair store, a cosmetic store, a handful of restaurants.  And yet there are comments, “Too much traffic!”  “Walmart is baaaad!”  “Rutherford County has enough Walmarts!”

Again I suggest you get over yourself.  Many of these comments on the news sites and Facebook are not even from LaVergne. For people who do live in our city, why would you be begging for retail for years and then complain when we finally get it?  Because it’s in your own backyard? You do realize there will be a huge buffer zone in Heritage Valley Park, right?  And no matter where a store would locate, someone somewhere will be affected. Are you upset because you might have to leave your house five minutes earlier each day?  I think those few minutes are a fair price to pay for the anticipated sales tax revenue we will finally gain from this store. As far as Mom and Pop stores go, Walmart is not a liquidation store. Walmart does not do bicycle repairs. The cosmetic store will have a very loyal clientele already.  Other Mom & Pops? Anyone? Anyone? That’s the point. THERE ARE NONE to close!! That argument is invalid!

Another comment I have read are people talking about the city paying subsidies to build the store. What? Perhaps there may be some things the city will provide, but (and this is big so pay attention) that is what IMPACT FEES pay for. And who pays the impact fees? Walmart. The only organization able to negotiate subsidies for a business (usually industrial) are the Chamber of Commerce and the County Industrial Board – neither of which were apparently involved in this. So no. No subsidies coming out of the city.

In my opinion, it boils down to what a friend of mine said earlier. You give some people a bar of gold and they’re going to complain that it’s not shiny enough.

That said, WELCOME WALMART!  We are mighty glad you’re coming!

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