Letter: There’s no need for new grocery store

May. 21, 2014 @ 03:45 PM


After reading in several issues of The Mountain Press about the yet unidentified supermarket chain planning on building in Pigeon Forge in the Wears Valley area, with a must-include millions of dollars in incentives, I disapprove!

What will happen to Kroger, already in the area?

I think it should be up to the citizens to decide.

Just think of all the jobs and taxes lost with layoffs and store closings.

I retired from advertising and marketing and know a 10-inch pie is only 10 inches. No bigger! However, to add another grocery chain store would only cut the pie into smaller pieces (taxes) not bigger!

This county already has enough supermarkets in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Sevierville and Seymour. 

The scale doesn’t balance.

If anything, what Sevier County needs is a good department store, i.e. Sears, J.C. Penney’s, Macy’s, Dillards, etc. Our taxpayers should not have to drive 50 or 60 miles to Knoxville to shop these stores.

Sure we have tourist outlets and malls, but you have to drive and walk needlessly to shop just a few.

I don’t care if it’s Publix, Schnucks, Piggly Wiggly, Safeway, A&P, IGA or any other chain store. Food Lion closed because they could not compete. Who else will close?

Look at all the restaurants that have closed. Lost jobs, lost taxes. Now there are more fast food and restaurants opening soon.

I think the Pigeon Forge Commissioners should not be the sole decision makers on an issue this big.

Norman Zammar