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Glad that efforts are underway to enhance our downtown area and hopefully preserve its natural beauty, to maintain and support those things that set us apart from other places. We have good businesses that provide our basic needs and even more. These folks have been here for us, have served our needs with sacrifice at times. I met a lady who has a timeshare — she was shopping at one of our resale stores.
She commented that she looks forward to shopping here when she comes because it is so easy — convenient parking, clerks ready to help and great prices. She hates the huge parking lots and big stores where she lives — our stores making shopping easy.
Yes, you know I am getting around to the potential of a Wal-Mart for Pagosa. That will be a shame. If folks support it, then these local businesses that have “been here for us” will suffer and probably shut down. Is that what we want? If that happens, then we will lose our “unique” image and simply become “just another Wal-Mart town.” If we don’t support them when they come and they have to give up, we will be left with a huge empty building that no one wants where there used to be a beautiful meadow. What to do?