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Southridge's Thoughts On Wal-Mart Coming Into the Village

Southridge Mall manager Patrick Basche shares some of his thoughts in regards to the development in the 76th street corridor.

What does Southridge Mall think about all this new development?

Patch asked that question to Southridge manager Patrick Basche at yesterday's press conference for Macy's announcement.

Basche sees Wal-Mart as a positive addition to the 76th street corridor.

"I think what Walmart is doing with the type of store they are going bring is a good thing and are going to bring additional businesses to 76th street corridor," said Basche after yesterday's press conference.

Basche believes that Wal-Mart shoppers who might not be into the mall scene might come to Southridge. "They are going to bring shoppers here that may have never been to Southridge. We’re also going to feed their business too."

The store will be at the old location, which moved into a renovated location on the second floor. Just this year other stores like Kohls, Vanity and Wet Seal have renovated their interior and exterior as well. 

Basche believes that the Southridge "transformation" success not only lies inside the walls of the mall but also on the outside, such the new development along the 76th street corridor.

"Our success is on the success of everything that is outside of us," Basche said. "We got to work together."

Greendale Citizen May 24, 2011 at 12:06 PM
I completely disagree with Mr. Basche's statement, "I think what Walmart is doing with the type of store they are going bring is a good thing and are going to bring additional businesses to 76th street corridor," Walmart is Walmart. The outside might be nice, new and shiny...but what's inside is the same cheap merchandise that we can purchase in any three directions from that location. Walmart is NOT going to bring a new kind of store to the area. It will be the same kind of Walmart that you see anywhere in the nation.
Greendale Citizen May 24, 2011 at 12:46 PM
Rumor also has it that the Walmart on Hwy. 100 and Layton is expanding with a remodel. With that the golf center on Layton is closing. What a shame that a place that provides fun family activities has to close so Walmart can expand itself. So ask yourself again....Do we really need THIS Walmart in Greendale?
steve May 24, 2011 at 01:49 PM
A few years ago I rented a documentary from the library called "Walmart, the high cost of low price". It was made in 2005. All the people who think Walmart is a positive retail establishment should see this, it is an eye opener. Walmart employees are the biggest users of Bdgercare insurance in the state. Walmart has devastated small Ma and Pa stores in nearly every community they have ever settled in. Rent the video, and see for your self, Go to ...mcfls.org, and reserve it and tey will even deliver it to Greendale library.
Concerned For Greendale May 24, 2011 at 06:05 PM
So the residents of Greendale gave Simon Realty (one of the wealthiest shopping mall owners in the USA) a $15 million grant which "should" be repaid in $15 years by increased property taxes. Didn't the Village Board ever hear of Time Value of Money. We (the residents of Greendale) just made a HUGE loan to someone with deep pockets and we "should" get the money back in 15 years. But in 15 years the value of the $$ we get back will not be worth as much. Such a deal. Is the Village Board going to give a similiar deal to Walmart. And what is Simon Realty going to do about a root cause of the problems at Southridge; the clientel. How is Simon Realty going to get rid of the rif-raf that currently is the largest problem at Southridge. Have the Greendale Police clean them out??
Bren May 24, 2011 at 06:10 PM
I don't know what else SImon can say at this point. Walmart will be an enormous burden on village resources such as police,utilities, etc. Walmart exemplifies all that is wrong with the current mode of profits before patriotism capitalism that is wrecking our economy. Shopping there makes it all worse.
Lena May 25, 2011 at 01:20 PM
We don't want Wal-mart shoppers(-lifters) in Southridge. We have enough problems there without 'feeding their business" which in most cases police business and nothing to do with them spending money.

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