I am writing in response to a letter written to the editor by Steve Karsten about a Super Walmart auto garage (Jan. 30). As it was explained to me originally, one of the concessions Walmart made when it wanted to locate on North Texas Street was that there would not be an auto-type shop for fear it would put all the tire and garage shops on the street out of business. Considering that no one can compete with their discount business model, stores like Big-O, Les Schwab and other tire supply and oil change businesses would essentially vanish overnight.
It is the give and take of the city’s business model.
With an attempt to attract business to the North Texas Street corridor, the last thing the city wants is a 30 percent increase in vacancies. Unlike Vacaville, Fairfield does not have tax revenues that the outlets and other developments have given them.
I can provide quantifiable statistics that unequivocally prove that adding a tire supply and oil change to the Super Walmart would result in the closure of several businesses on the North Texas Street corridor. So before expressing your frustration about convenience and more affordable pricing, you should consider the long-term effects your proposal would have on the community you live in.