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Indy_Dem_Defender Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-18-05 02:50 AM
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Plainfield aka Land of Walmarts
I'm not making fun of Plainfield it's just unreal how a town can have 3 walmart buildings. The First one went vacant in the early 90's, was used by PSI I believe as offices for a while, then Galyans used it for a few years as their corporate office, now it sits vacant. Just two months ago, the second one built closed to make way for a third bigger walmart. Now two former walmarts are empty and the deal I've heard from multiple sources is that walmart owns the building while premiere property owns the land. Walmart won't let any other retailers into the buildings leaving premiere in a sticky situation. I've heard recently a rumor that walmart gutted the second building going as far as to taking the wiring, the heating & Cool, along with the plumbing out of the store after closing the doors. This I've also heard pissed off Premiere enough to finally get some guts and tear the stores down and giving the rubble to walmart and say here you go a$$holes, so they can use this space for other retailers. My question is the town board or mayor or who ever is charge just plain dumb to let this kind stuff happen or are they getting getting their palms greased, I would assume their all republicans with stuff like this happening with walmart running the town.
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hippiechick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-18-05 08:47 AM
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1. 'other retailers' ?
Fuck that, tear it down and plant some trees.
There's enough shopping of all varieties within about a 10 minute drive in any direction -- pretty soon all of Central Indiana is going to be a mall.
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Indy_Dem_Defender Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-19-05 09:16 PM
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2. but but
Best Buy needs a store in plainfield, what about another starbucks, somewhere to eat an O'Charley's, another Office Depot too please plainfield needs a some store that uses up a lot of those stupid trees for more important things such as paper for the home office, :sarcasm:


Seriously though all that area was farmland before not a lot of trees to begin with, I wish they would of knocked down the first walmart and put the new one there, and then knocked down the second one and did something with the property besides being an empty building. I can already see where this third walmart will soon be replaced in a few years, because it's got about half as much parking as either of the first 2 stores, so look out for store 4 in the future.
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Jokerman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-20-05 08:25 AM
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3. Uncontrolled Urban Blight
This has been going on for years. The town I grew up in lost it's downtown to Walmart. Then Walmart built a new Super Walmart across the street. Now the old Walmart and the grocery stores that couldn't complete with a super Walmart sit empty.

Look at Michigan Road or West 38th Street in Indianapolis. Blocks of retail sit empty while they build more fashionable stores out side the 465 loop.

Like a tax increase to support the "welfare queen who owns a football team" it's all part of the attitude that gives in to every corporate demand just so they can crow about a few minimum-wage jobs that get created.
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Sadie5 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-20-05 01:57 PM
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4. Rich Carlucci (I think)
Is the nut who keeps kissing WalMart a$$. But what does he care. He spends his days at the golf course. The WalMart deals are similar to the Galayn's deal in which the CEOs were paid handsome salaries when the doors closed, and the town of Plainfield was left high and dry and holding the bag for tax abatements the town gave them. One of the CEOs recently joined Mitch the bitch in making sure the BMV was streamlined. BTW, I live in Avon and have heard that they are thinking of turning that 2nd building into a Sam's Club. It's just a rumor but no other Sam's out this way.
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SpeedwayDemocrat Donating Member (339 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-21-05 10:30 AM
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5. Bend over, here comes another one...
Just what we need. Another damned Wal-Mart. Between the Waltons and the Simons, we're so screwed...

From the Indy Star at: <http://www.indystar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/2005... >

"Going up: Retailer building on Northwestside

A 203,000-square-foot Wal-Mart Supercenter will be built on a vacant lot near 46th Street and Lafayette Road. Construction on the $20 million store will begin next summer. It will open for business in early 2007, city officials said...The store will employ 450 people, said Gordon Hendry, director of Economic Development for Indianapolis. Hendry and others said they believe the store will stimulate retail growth in the area. The Lafayette Square area has had trouble retaining retailers and has seen names such as Kmart, Builder's Square and Cub Foods abandon business there."

"Lafayette Square area has had trouble retaining retailers..." DUH! Yes, and much of this can be traced to the Simons starving the Lafayette Square property until it was nearly dead. They let it go down hill for years, then showed a little interest when Galyan's began moving in. Oh, gee, look, they put in a FOOD COURT!!! They must care about westsiders -- NOT!!! Somebody rent us a bulldozer so we can make some REAL IMPROVEMENTS!
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Aimah Donating Member (598 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-21-05 08:05 PM
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6. Starbucks on W 38th St
Edited on Wed Dec-21-05 08:24 PM by Aimah
Some of the banks in the area were working to get the Walmart there. A study was done in the surrounding area and most of the responses were that the Lafayette area didn't have enough variety. When my bank rep was asked for my opinion I told him that it would be a horrible idea. The area can not sustain Meijer, 2 Krogers, 2 Marsh Supermarkets and a Walmart. A new Starbucks is going in the old Krispy Kreme space between Georgetown and Moller road on 38th St which I think is a good idea.

Simons problem in Lafayette Square was that they waited too late to make rent deals with retailers. Some of the stores had very high shrinks (percentage of product lost). Aeropostale came in on the tail end and received a good deal but by that time most of the major mid-range stores had already closed.
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