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Walgreens Approved, Watsonville Speaks Out

Watsonville residents are letting their opinions known about the new Walgreens coming to town. What do you think?

The 100 block of Main Street will welcome a new Walgreens by January 2014 if all goes to plan.

The Watsonville City Council unanimously agreed to fork over city-owned property to a developer who is aiming to break ground on the drug store by May, the Santa Cruz Sentinel reported. 

According to the Sentinel, "the proposed 15,000-square-foot store is expected to generate $4 million to $7 million in taxable sales, bringing, according to city officials, an estimated $40,000 in new sales tax revenue."

Tuesday morning, Wastonville residents over on the Watsonville Patch Facebook page shared their opinions on the prospect of a new Walgreens. See their thoughts below and add your own in the comments section. 

Dan: Wages/taxes stay local, but profits - which build a community in the long run - are sucked back to their corporate HQ.

Jennifer: I don't go to the one we already have.

Jessica: We don't need duplicate stores in Watsonville. We need something different, we need options.

Inquiring Mind: Technically, the current Walgreens is in Freedom, so this is not really a duplicate store. Having a Walgreens on the other side of town is a good idea....although it's not really "downtown." Incentives should be given to businesses willing to locate downtown.

Sarah: I don't think another pharmacy related store is needed in Watsonville.

Melodie: No! We need a Trader Joe's.

John Pilge December 13, 2012 at 12:36 AM
"estimated $40,000 in new sales tax revenue." I doubt that. The revenue will come from people who would have gone to OTHER stores and spend the money there. I'll just be happy if they don't sell spray paint.
Russell Rickman December 13, 2012 at 01:29 AM
A great idea about east lake, it would benefit everyone on that side of town including the farms & ranchs up the hill. A group that would really be happy the city began to think We all know that the seniors would love it.
tinyt831 December 13, 2012 at 03:52 AM
I think Whole Foods should move their office in the upstairs of Gottshalks and open a store at the same time.
Steve Bankhead December 13, 2012 at 04:53 PM
To De Hammer's question of who will benefit: I believe the property to be used is mostly owned by the Sanchez family...though the name of their daughter might be niore familiar: Stella Romo.
La Hammer... December 14, 2012 at 04:59 AM
Talk to the vice-mayor, lol.

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