Stores see no harm: Walmart opening only slows sales

Published 3:19 pm Monday, November 10, 2008

By By Lisa Tindell- news editor
MaHaley Jackson has watched her business boom since the opening of a Walmart Supercenter in Brewton.
Jackson - owner of Hometown Fabrics downtown - is able to take advantage of the fact that the new Walmart does not sell fabrics, as its former incarnation did.
But while a new Supercenter often inspires fear for local businesses, Brewton retailers said their sales have not seen much impact beyond the first few days the new store was open.
Steve Chunn, manager at Winn Dixie, said business at the store did taper somewhat, but he is seeing an increase daily.
Piggly Wiggly's assistant manager, Gary Stuckey, said the store is experiencing a daily increase in business at the store.
Stuckey also attributed some of the drop in his store's business simply to the newness of the Supercenter.
Chunn said Walmart's opening was the first new retail grocery store opening in about 20 years in this area.
Scott said that competition in the market is good and is confident Superfoods can live up to the challenge.
Chunn said Winn Dixie's philosophy of customer service will likely keep customers coming back to the store as well.
Scott said the Superfoods' meat department has been busy for many years and the quality will certainly keep customers coming back.
The Walmart Supercenter has been operating for almost two weeks after holding a grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony Oct. 29.