Let's Play Monopoly In Walden

Sunday, October 18, 2020

The Davis campaign is up to another use of a scare tactic and false information. Their inner circle of anti-development old-guard are pushing the theme that the proposed new Walden Village Grocery store will put Pruett’s out of business.

Let’s look at the facts. In less than the last two decades, Pruett’s has survived the addition north of the river, essentially at the foot of the mountain, a new Walmart supercenter, a Whole Foods more directly targeting its customer base, a Publix, and a value priced Aldi, all while flanked by a Food City on both Signal Mountain Road and Morrison Springs Road.

Retailers famously tremble at the approach of a Walmart supercenter, yet all of these retailers have been able to carve out their slice of the pie. 

Pruett’s has smartly worked in recent years to upgrade their format and offerings to differentiate their store from mainstream competition. Very few shoppers on the mountain are only shopping at one grocery retailer. The addition of a mainstream, competitively priced, convenient grocery store on the mountain only reduces the citizen trips up and down the mountain and keeps the tax revenue in Walden. 

Some in the Davis camp tout that while Signal Mountain and Walden are separate towns, we are one “community”.

And in addressing competition in our “community”, did Pruett’s worry about putting Walden’s wine and liquor store out of business when it added its wine department? Did Pruett’s worry about the impact on nearby pizza restaurants when it added the pizza oven? Did Pruett’s think about locally owned 517 subs, Southern Star and the Subway when they added a full sub and sandwich bar?

With the number of Lee Davis signs at Pruett’s, we have to ask ourselves, is Lee Davis running for mayor of Walden, or Signal Mountain?

Heidi Wheelock 


Mayor Trohanis Has Worked To Make Walden A Much Better Place - And Response

Tennessee Anti-Protest Bill Sets A Dangerous Precedent

Walden's Election Is About Planning Well And Making Best Choices


For those who are having difficulty deciding who to vote for mayor of Walden, consider this: On Tuesday, Apple announced its next round of innovative products, set to hit the market later ... (click for more)

For the last several weeks, the Tennessee Poor People's Campaign Eastern Team and fellow colleagues have been engaged in raising awareness and opposition to TN SB/HB 8005. SB/HB 8005 declared ... (click for more)

Some might think, why would anyone on the back of the mountain in Sequatchie County be interested in the Walden Town elections. I’ve been thinking about that and I know exactly why. We have been ... (click for more)



Opinion

Mayor Trohanis Has Worked To Make Walden A Much Better Place - And Response

For those who are having difficulty deciding who to vote for mayor of Walden, consider this: On Tuesday, Apple announced its next round of innovative products, set to hit the market later this year. The new products include enhancements in technology and functionality. And, most importantly, these products will better meet the evolving needs of their customer base. Amid all the ... (click for more)

Tennessee Anti-Protest Bill Sets A Dangerous Precedent

For the last several weeks, the Tennessee Poor People's Campaign Eastern Team and fellow colleagues have been engaged in raising awareness and opposition to TN SB/HB 8005. SB/HB 8005 declared that occupying the Tennessee State Capitol grounds overnight will now be a Class-E felony and punishable by up to six years in prison. The bill also specifies that overnight camping on Capitol ... (click for more)

Breaking News

Chattanooga Police Officer Involved In Shooting Early Tuesday Morning

A Chattanooga Police officer was involved in a shooting early Tuesday morning. At approximately 7:52 a.m., Chattanooga Police responded to the 7300 block of Standifer Gap Road on a report of a domestic disorder with a weapon call. The reporting person said that the suspect was armed with a handgun and that she was hiding from him. Officers encountered the suspect, who was ... (click for more)

13-Year-Old Boy Injured Monday Afternoon In Drive-By Shooting On Central Avenue

A 13-year-old boy was shot Monday around 4:48 p.m. on Central Avenue. Police located the victim at the 5200 block on Slayton Avenue and determined he had run from the actual crime scene in the 5300 block of Central Avenue. The victim was taken to a local hospital by Hamilton County EMS for treatment of a non-life-threatening gunshot wound. Officers secured the ... (click for more)

Sports

Roadrunners Come Up Short In Bid For Fifth-Straight Bojangles Tennessee Intercollegiate Title

The Roadrunners didn't get their fifth-straight win in the event, but they made a furious comeback that came up just short as Dalton State finished 2 nd with an 869 (+5) in the Bojangles Tennessee Intercollegiate at The Links at Kahite in Vonore, Tenn. on Saturday and Sunday. Host Tennessee Wesleyan finished in 1 st at 863 (-1), just 6 strokes in front of the Roadrunners. Reinhardt ... (click for more)

Lady Roadrunner Cross Country Team Edged 37-38 Southeastern At South Carolina Meet

The Roadrunners traveled to Bluffton, South Carolina in search of good NAIA competition. They found it in 17th-ranked Southeastern (Fla.). The race was intense and was a nail biter for the full five kilometers. The Lady Birds ran well but came up one point short of beating Southeastern. The final tally was 37 to 38, with both teams easily outpacing third place Ave Maria (Fla.) who ... (click for more)