Even the prices at the McDonald's in Calexico are higher on selected items then they are for the same items in El Centro or Brawley. Not to mention gasoline prices, which yo-yo all over the county but most of the time are a bigger rip-off in Calexico.
I have shopped at Sam Ellis, too. Who are we kidding? Comparing Sam Ellis to Wal-Mart … Their merchandise is comparable to Robinson-May, not Wal-Mart, so 1,700 signatures that want a Super Wal-Mart should that tell you something.
What are those poor merchants going to do? Either compete or find something else like the rest of you do if our livelihood dries up for whatever reason.
Some of you may not be guilty of this but time marches on. Ask the buggy-whip makers.
Newberry's, Kress, Woolworth and many family owned mom and pop grocery stores were drying up before Wal-Mart ever hit town. I have been to the Super Wal-Mart in Bentonville, Ark. The prices are great, the people are friendly and the service great.
Is this what scares the merchant, instead of acting like I owe them a living? All of you pay taxes, including Wal-Mart. It needs to be put to a vote of all the people in Calexico. To keep them from having a voice to where they want to spend their money most certainly is not free enterprise.
Now being on a fixed income, I have to watch my budget a lot closer than I used to.
Fortunately I am mobile enough I can shop when and where I please. But for how long? Who knows?
I dread the thought that someday I may have to pay a dollar for an item that a big store would sell me for 75 cents. I hope Calexico shoppers get their super store if they want it. They have more than paid for it all these years.