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New Walmart sparks high hopes for Glove Cities

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Wednesday’s opening of a new Walmart store brings dozens of new jobs to Gloversville and begins in earnest the effort to fill in the gap left in neighboring Johnstown, where a smaller Walmart store shut down the night before. Officials gathered for a grand opening at the new store at 329 S. Kingsboro Ave., where Gloversville Mayor Dayton King said guests shared in some celebratory cake. Others were there to shop — a line of ...

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August 15, 2013
12:08 p.m.

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"Hip, hip hooray" to Mayor King & the City of Gloversville! And "Nyah, nyah, nyah" to Mayor Slingerland & the City of Johnstown (who tried so hard to prevent Gloversville's success). And finally, well-deserved thanks to Supervisor McVean (and her predecessors) & the Town of Johnstown for realizing that we really are just one big village.

August 15, 2013
4:09 p.m.

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And which do you say to the employees and owners of small shops that will eventually close? You know, the places that bought an ad in the local yearbooks, the ones that let the drama club put up posters? What do you say about the profits that will go to Bentonville, AR, instead of the Capital District, because of shoppers abandoning their old store to save 20 cents on beans? How many of WonderfulMart's employees will eventually be laid-off Hanneford and/or PriceChopper employees?
This is a non-event; nothing worth "celebratory cake". Gloversville gets some sales tax revenue, Johnstown loses some, the entire county loses lots.