New Supercenter Ready to Open
"I think any time you have anything going on that is going to bring more people to the area, it will be beneficial," said Nancy Cleaveland, owner of a nearby salon. "I think any time you have a business coming in, which is going to draw more people, that it would be beneficial to any business to have more people around, seeing where you are and where you're located."
On Tuesday, Hy-Vee headquarters issued a statement which said, "We embrace new competition. What we offer is unique and different than what they [customers] can get at a superstore."
The Wal-Mart Supercenter is set to open Oct. 18.
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KOMU.com also asked online users what they thought about Wal-Marts in Columbia: How many Walmart Supercenters does Columbia need? In the 24 hours we asked the question, here's how the answers broke down:
- None 92 (22.60%)
- One, it's more than plenty 72 (17.69%)
- Two 97 (23.83%)
- Three 70 (17.20%)
- Four or more, you can never have too many Walmarts 76 (18.67%)