Wal-Mart Drumming Up Support For JC Super Center

By Jessica Light

July 22, 2010 Updated Jul 23, 2007 at 7:30 PM EDT

Look familiar?

Wal-Mart says it often sends out fliers like these to people who live around planned Wal-Mart stores.

But are the fliers changing anyone's mind?

"I just saw it as another piece of junk mail. It didn't make a difference one way or the other," says Kerry Downs of Johnson City.

"I thought it was fine, but I didn't do anything with them, sorry to say," says Theresa MacBlane of Johnson City.

Most people we talked to threw the fliers away, but a few welcomed the extra mail.

"I've always loved Wal-Mart and out here it's going to bring the value up," says Alex Leon of Johnson City.

Wal-Mart is asking you to fill out a postcard found in the fliers if you want a new store to be built here off CFJ Boulevard in Johnson City.

One woman took time to fill out the card, but changed a few things.

"I'd write a letter in protest of having a Wal-Mart here. I'd attend a meeting in protest of having a Wal-Mart here," says Mary Mineno of Johnson City.

Village Trustee Ron Jones has criticized plans for the new store.

But, before he and other trustee's vote on whether to make the property available for retail sales they'll hold a public hearing next month.

"I think this is a good way for the village to let the public weigh in and say I do not like the prospect of a Wal-Mart or any retail coming in to that particular location," says Jones.

Wal-Mart says people who return their postcard from the fliers will be invited to open discussions it will hold in the future.

A public hearing is scheduled on the Wal-Mart plans.

Before Trustees vote on allowing retail sales in an industrial zone, they'll hold the hearing.

It's scheduled for August 14th at 7:30pm, at Johnson City Village Hall.

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