Black In Gainesville Part 1
East Gainesville has had trouble keeping businesses thriving.
Some local leaders are pinning their hopes on the walmart on waldo road to attract businesses back to East Gainesville.
In the first installment of a special report called "Black In Gainesville," TV20's Duke Carter examines the impact the big box store is having on this predominantly black part of Gainesville.
"Its conveient because its right down the street."
Lyneeta Maulbury has bought over a cart of milk.
For her daycare.
"It feels great because they have great customer service."
Service at the walmart on Waldo road in East Gainesville.
"I'm excited to have the walmart supercenter."
Former Walmart employee Doris Edwards worked here for three years and says the Walmart is to beneficial to folks living past 13th street.
"Had the Walmart supercenter not been here when Food Lion was closed we would have been heartbroken."
And Edwards say bringing people from the west side of town.
"The perception of East Gainesville, throw that out the window there are great people here."
"If Walmart were to close the 13th street location those 13 thousand households if they were to stay shopping at Walmart would then go to the other ones."
Business consultant Doctor Grant thrall says it takes a while before any business a business like walmart can bring others to the neighborhood.
He says its a game of "chess location."
In order for other businesses to boom and east gainesville to thrive.
The 13th street walmart would have to shut down for other businesses like aldi's or trader joes to come in…even if the store is not making as much profit.
But the question is would Walmart do it?
"If Walmart were to walk away lad's waiting to move in."
For now he says it too early to tell but change could come.
"But over the next ten years i expect over the next ten years there will be more business development."
"We'd like to have a I-hop a Red Lobster we're working on it."
East Gainesville residents pleased wal mart is in their community, Duke Carter TV 20 News.
Doctor Thrall says other factors can have an impact on the Walmart location, such as how much land Walmart owns or if the location is near busy roads.
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