The Clarion-Ledger reported Sam's Wholesale Club may leave the County Line Road location and move to Madison. Here are some interesting quotes from the story:
"The Sam’s Club near County Line Road in Jackson is considering a move to Madison because of structural problems with its existing building, according to local leaders familiar with the talks. Article
Officials with Sam’s Club, parent company Wal-Mart, and the mayor of Madison all are mum on the move, so it’s not clear how soon a move is envisioned or whether one will happen at all. But Jerry Cook, Madison’s economic development director, confirmed last week that talks have taken place.....
The speculation is that a move would be more cost-effective for Wal-Mart than renovating the existing building, and it would mesh with Wal-Mart’s business model, as well. Wal-Mart recently has favored developing stores on its own land, then leasing outparcels to other retailers and restaurants through its real estate arm, Walmart Realty.....
Jackson Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. said the city has not heard from Sam’s Club officials in several months.
“It seems to me several months ago there was some talk about (a move) due to the condition of the building or something like that, but I haven’t heard anything since then,” Johnson said. “I believe we had gotten in touch with Sam’s and there was no reason for us to put any credence in that at that time, so I don’t know what has happened since then.”....
KF note: I was told Harvey's attitude when this first came up was "ho-hum". Same attitude about Puckett's, Crechales, etc. Try something new, Harvey. Actually call up Sam's. I bet they have talked to the Madison Mayor much more than they have talked to you. I bet the Madison Mayor actually calls them too. But I digress.
Ward 1 City Councilman Quentin Whitwell, who represents that area where Sam’s Club is currently located, said he has heard rumors of a move and complained about the lack of communication between Wal-Mart and the city.
“To me, it would only be right for a company of that magnitude to reach out to me as a council person, to the mayor or his office to see what accommodations we might could potentially make to keep them there or what their future needs are,” Whitwell said. “To pull the plug on the city of Jackson without having conversations with the city of Jackson officials would be a PR nightmare for them.”
Oh really? Well if you took time from Twittering, you might realize it will be a PR nightmare for them just as it was for Puckett, Crechales, Broadmoor Baptist Church, Colonial Heights Baptist Church, Barnes & Noble, and Belks. Did I leave out any others? Here's another "rumor" for ya. Haverty's.
and Jonathon Lee, that is the best you could do? Throw some punches man, throw some punches. Remember Dave Dennis? If you want to replace the King, you have to actually hit the King.