Archive for Thursday, March 3, 2011

Letters: Blame city for grocery closing

March 3, 2011

To the editor:

Don’t cry about lost sales tax for the city of Basehor! It’s the fault of city officials who for some reason want a very expensive roadway to be built between 155th and 158th streets.

Who owns the property along this stretch of land? Why wasn’t the new road cut through for the new grocery store that we here in Basehor had waited for for so long?

It is a disgrace that a very nice grocery was built and yet you did not give adequate access to it from State Avenue and 150th Street. I can’t help but think there were some politics involved. The new grocery was not going to harm the business at Casey’s, either.

Jean Clark

Basehor

Comments

Jason Bailey 3 years, 1 month ago

What in the world are you talking about, Jean? WolfCreek had one shot to woo customers away from Price Chopper just down the road. That one shot was reasonable prices which were in line with Price Chopper. They were not. The fact is that the owners of WolfCreek had a relationship with a competitor to Associated Grocers (AG) which had a higher margin on their base prices of the staple products like break, milk, and produce.

The owners of WolfCreek eventually addressed this issue but not until 3 months of negative impressions in the minds of buyers due to high pricing. I started going back to Price Chopper as well (after all, it's just down the road and I am not going to spend an extra $30 per grocery visit just to support the hometown company).

This had nothing to do with politics beyond the fact that the morons at city hall tied the city to the loan for WolfCreek and we are responsible for repayment if the business went under. That's what you should be outraged about, not some street.

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Dennis Mertz 3 years, 1 month ago

Jean,

I would like to point out that I was also against the street being tied to the City. I spoke to the formal Council against it several times as I had not yet been elected to the Council. TDD and TIF money is loaned for developments and roads all the time and it is a 50/50 shot at making it without some problems. Legends, Power and light district, Zona Rosa and the Great Mall are just a few. As you know the Legends has faired well and at the same time Power and Light is not making it's payments. The Kansas and Missouri Statutes have passed legislation that permits them to get these type of loans. If the City does not want the development to collapse then it must temporarily fund the difference such as Olathe and Kansas City, Missouri have just done a couple months ago.

I understand your frustration and want you to know we are working to fill the old grocery store and bring other businesses to Basehor.

Sincerely,

Dennis Mertz Council Member City of Basehor 913-449-7000

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