Friday, February 17, 2006

Walmart Supercenter's Impact on Watertown?

This is going to be a very interesting story to follow. Has anyone noticed the ripple effect of the new Leray Walmart Supercenter on Arsenal Street? I bet the store managers at the Salmon Run Mall, Kmart, Kohls, Price Chopper and Hannaford have noticed.

It's purely anecdotal evidence at this point but on Tuesday afternoon this week Sam's Club had 1 register open and 4 cashiers helping one customer. Walmart at 7:30pm on Thursday night had 2 registers open. Anyone that has parked at Walmart in the last week has seen open spots in the parking lot that never existed before.

Is this a trend or just a temporary shift as people test out the new Supercenter? It is tough to say right now, but it could be the beginning of a major shift in Watertown's retail landscape.

If Target moves to Arsenal Street this does change the equation, but if I were Target I'd be seriously looking at all those "FOR SALE" signs out on Rt. 11. Thoughts?

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