With Walmart closing their doors on the Mansfield location today, we beg to answer the question, Now What?
When Walmart announced the opening of multiple “Express” style locations in several small towns, local businesses went into panic mode. Wondering how they could compete with the giant retailer, some gave up, closed shop, where others stood their ground, and hoped for the best.
While the vacancy now leaves a bad taste in some mouths, don’t forget that this loss, heavily impacts a small towns economics, not to mention the loss of jobs, and the possibility of job creation. On the flip side, it creates a resurgence to longstanding businesses that stayed open.
Will these buildings be utilized by other businesses, possibly donated for the towns civic use, or will it be an eyesore that collects dust, and trash? We’ll wait patiently, and see.