Letters to editor

New Walmart needs auto center

By From page A7 | January 30, 2014

If and when the Walmart in Suisun City opens – pretty much if, because I do not see it ever being built now, but if it does – listen up: This store needs to be built with an auto center, as the old one off of Chadborne Road had, but the new Fairfield one lacks.

I bought a set of tires recently, calling Fairfield’s store a couple of weeks ago and found out that only the Vacaville store has an auto center, not Fairfield. Well, it figures since Fairfield is just Solano County’s stepchild (no offense to stepchildren) compared to Vacaville, which is stealing all Fairfield’s closing businesses.

Anyway, officials in Suisun City should not let this store be built without one. My tires were purchased, but that was a sale that Walmart lost out on. Too bad, too.

Steve Karsten

Suisun City

Letter to the Editor


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  • Rich GiddensJanuary 27, 2014 - 8:51 pm

    We don't want that nasty nuisance, blight, traffic and crime attracting behemoth installed in our neighborhood. Why would any big box store open 2 stores within 3 miles of each other? I don't believe it will be built and Suisun's horrible leaders are lying.

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  • Legend1949January 30, 2014 - 8:16 am

    You got that right, Suisun HAS horrible leaders, that are always me first, and it started with Spering

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  • So Tire'dJanuary 30, 2014 - 8:42 am

    First off, Fairfield is no stepchild. It is a beaten and forgotten stepchild. But, there were good reasons why they did not build an auto center in the Fairfield Walmart. Fairfield has at least 6 tire/auto stores within a mile or two of Squalmart. It would have a huge negative impact on those businesses. (it already turned Big Lots and KMart into decaying ruins and a job graveyard) Also, the only place for an Auto center would have been at the far end or in the rear, placing it next to homes or apartments... Who wants the noise of impact wrenches going all day in your house? The worst thing that could happen to the few businesses that actually exist in Suisun would be a Super Walmart. But you have no tire stores so, build away.

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  • BettyJanuary 30, 2014 - 11:21 am

    If you goo back a few years you will recall that one of the conditions of the City allowing this Walmart to come to Fairfield was that they would NOT have an Auto Center. We have many tire stores in Fairfield already. It would hurt local business.

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  • Rich GiddensJanuary 30, 2014 - 12:26 pm

    Memories are short. ESPN, MTV, BET and Lifetime are on the Television. What WalMart Supercenter would that be? Oh--that one! The one that was promised almost a decade ago. In the time that a WalMart was declared to be unjustly imposed into our neighborhoods, a nation could have proposed and fielded a huge scientific program like the Manhattan project or the Apollo moon program. Suisun's leaders have been parsing words, lying and telling us that there will be delay after delay. If WalMart wanted to build a Supercenter in our formerly bucolic neighborhood, they would have done it expedititously to execute their global business plan. But they didn't. There isn't going to be a WalMart in Suisun. Instead, there's going to be more lying and excuses-----by Suisun's leaders!

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  • JagJanuary 30, 2014 - 9:20 pm

    Free Market If the big guys come in here and eat up the little guys that is called life but why are we fighting over the little stuff how did South Carolina land a Boeing and a BMW plant that is the stuff our leaders should be out looking for Not building useless train stations and home close to our air base so they pack up and move out

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  • S KJanuary 31, 2014 - 10:54 am

    Whether or not a WalMart is built on that site is not the issue to me now. I have been for it from the beginning, but agree with Rich, that it more than likely will not be built now, due to having one so close by already. That does not make any business sense to me, but who knows for sure. All I am saying is, IF IT IS BUILT, it should not be built WITHOUT an auto center. But I'd now rather see another grocery store choice, Like WinCo, FoodMax, or even a Grocery Outlet, something other than the ONE Rip off prices>>IMO>>of Raley's. But of course a Super WalMart would also have its' grocery store.

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  • George Guynn, JrFebruary 01, 2014 - 2:22 am

    What were Mayor Sanchez and company not thinking when they approved a Walmart? 53% of the sales will come from groceries, which don't add sales tax. Plus, who needs a store with another one only three miles away? And why put the gas station across the street out of business with a Walmart Auto Center. As Rich says, we don't need that nasty nuisance.

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  • S KFebruary 01, 2014 - 8:06 am

    Sorry George, even though it has been awhile now, as I recall, the majority of Suisun voters that voted on that issue VOTED FOR THE STORE, despite a minority of you continuing flapping your lips against it. I still would like something there, WalMart, WinCo, Whatever, even though it seems pretty apparent at this time that WalMart is stringing our city Government along. WalMart should either play their cards or get out of the game. By the way, you made a good point, that the grocery side would not be bringing tax revenue, but I am tired of having just the one RIP OFF store in our town. Look at Fairfield. They have developed tax revenue everywhere, little industrial parks here & there. Suisun, not a one, even though all that land east, down highway 12 looks ripe for annexation.

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