We need Walmart
by Mike Galotta, Patterson
Sep 16, 2010 | 1448 views | 5 5 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
EDITOR,

We need Walmart and we need it bad. Thank God they want to build it in Patterson.

The other day I was informed that black pants and a white shirt were needed for that night’s event at my child's school. So, not being able to get them in Patterson, I had to get in my truck that gets 10 miles a gallon and drive out of town at a total cost of $18 — I should buy something that gets better gas mileage, but I can’t save any money having to drive out of the area for everything. What a waste of gas (six gallons) and time (over one hour total drive time).

Last night, I went to get a glass of milk and we didn't have any, so I hopped in my truck and down to the store, but found nothing open at 11 o'clock. So, do I drive over an hour up and back at a total gas cost of about $18 for a gallon of milk? As much as I want my child to be able to have milk, I just couldn't do it.

I know what you’re thinking, “But milk used to be delivered to your house, too,” but that's the point — things have changed and are changing every day.

If you want to keep things the same, then get that milkman back to home deliveries and lower the gas prices to 29 cents a gallon, and let’s do away with all the fancy farm equipment and go back to plowing and milking by hand, just like my family used to do.

And what about our Patterson grocery store? It has always charged more for items in the Patterson store. I bought a 10-pound bag of potatoes for $3.99, and I had to return them — rotten inside. I got a 10-pound bag at a store in Turlock for $1.49. That was a savings of $2.50 on one. Come on, this has to stop. Walmart never has price-gouged. (I have found all stores have the same price, always.)

Last point: Sales tax — we don’t need it? Jobs — we don’t need them? Hey, why don’t we tell Grainger, Kohls and CVS to leave — then we can have a small town again (with blocks and blocks of empty homes).

Mike Galotta, Patterson

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stealthcat
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September 22, 2010
No, Walgreen's closes at 10 pm. Some are open 24 hours but not here. Figures.

Hah, I agree with you about the 'fake' sale prices at Savemart. The supposed "sale" price is already way higher than Walmart or other stores. I laugh every time I see those "You Save 10 cents" stickers. Yeah, right. It just means they're gouging me 10 cents less than they usually do.

Example: can of cat food with the You Save 10 cents sign at Savemart - 70 cents. Everyday price at Walmart - 47 cents. Big difference.

glenja
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September 22, 2010
I have 3 kids, and one income. I need Wal-mart as much or maore than any one. I hate Savemarts "fake" sale prices. The milk at SaveMart, is priced good. thats about it though. As for 24 hour shopping...isnt Walgreens 24 hour???
ptownstrangla
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September 16, 2010
Sounds like you guys need to go to the store a little earlier in the day and be prepared for your milk cravings! But yea I agree Savemart is ridicilous, I'll put beer in my cereal instead. Go Sam Walton! Patterson needs a Target too! Lol
denisev1220
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September 16, 2010
I tried to get milk one night at 5 after midnight. I paid $5 for one gallon of milk at the gas station by the freeway. I felt like I didn't get much of a deal no matter which way I went. For $5, I can buy almost 2 gallons at our pricey SaveMart. Having everything shut down at night and living so far away from everything, makes me feel wasteful. I am either wasting gas going to town and back, not to mention time, or else wasting money buying locally.
stealthcat
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September 16, 2010
I agree with you on everything except not being able to find milk at 11pm. Savemart is open until midnight and I believe CVS is also or you could have gone down by the freeway if after midnight. Or do you shop nowhere but the old part of town?


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