No News Is Good News?

walmart_storefrontIf it’s been quiet here at No Mount Orab Wal-Mart that may be a good thing. It’s difficult to know what is happening in light of the global economic meltdown, especially concerning the capital building programs of major companies.

Wal-Mart has announced elsewhere that it is scaling back its expansion plans. Several planned Supercenters have been scrapped. In fact, I have heard through the grapevine that the entire Supercenter idea may be in jeopardy, as WalMart’s grocery sections are underperforming.

Here’s what I do know:

The site supposedly zoned for the Mount Orab Wal-Mart has seen zero activity since the initial flurry of tree cutting back in late 2007. In fact, the section of trees that was supposed to be removed by mid-2008 still stands.

The local newspapers have said little about the project in the wake of the October 2007 announcement.

Kroger announced a Marketplace store for the area, which would make the Wal-Mart overkill for the size of Mount Orab.

The housing market implosion curtailed all new homebuilding. Existing building projects, save for the medical center, have stalled. Perhaps the great move east for disaffected Cincinnatians will not materialize, throwing off demographic analysis for Brown County and environs.

No matter what the issue, the lack of activity and news on the planned Wal-Mart is curious. Maybe, for those of us against the building of a new Wal-Mart in Mount Orab, that’s good news.

2 thoughts on “No News Is Good News?

  1. Give me a break! We need a Wal-Mart and any other business that would consider coming to Mt. Orab providing desperately needed jobs in a terrible economy. We have to drive over 30 minutes in any direction to shop for anything we need except groceries. I’ve also heard Home Depot is coming to Mt. Orab. I can’t wait, and maybe they will put Kibler’s out of business! What a joke that store is, along with most other Brown County businesses. Stop living in the past and get with the future.

  2. I know it’s been a while since anyone has commented on this topic, but I want to add my voice to the others who oppose a Wal Mart in Mt Orab. This town should balance it’s future needs against retaining that which makes it a charming town to live in. We needed the Krogers..even if it meant a huge store and related development. But a Wal Mart super store would have been serious overkill. I’m ecstatic that they have maybe decided not to build one here. If they have a need to compete, maybe they should give Sardinia a look. But leave Mt Orab alone.

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