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Walgreens Approved, Watsonville Speaks Out

Watsonville residents are letting their opinions known about the new Walgreens coming to town. What do you think?

The 100 block of Main Street will welcome a new Walgreens by January 2014 if all goes to plan.

The Watsonville City Council unanimously agreed to fork over city-owned property to a developer who is aiming to break ground on the drug store by May, the Santa Cruz Sentinel reported. 

According to the Sentinel, "the proposed 15,000-square-foot store is expected to generate $4 million to $7 million in taxable sales, bringing, according to city officials, an estimated $40,000 in new sales tax revenue."

Tuesday morning, Wastonville residents over on the Watsonville Patch Facebook page shared their opinions on the prospect of a new Walgreens. See their thoughts below and add your own in the comments section. 

Dan: Wages/taxes stay local, but profits - which build a community in the long run - are sucked back to their corporate HQ.

Jennifer: I don't go to the one we already have.

Jessica: We don't need duplicate stores in Watsonville. We need something different, we need options.

Inquiring Mind: Technically, the current Walgreens is in Freedom, so this is not really a duplicate store. Having a Walgreens on the other side of town is a good idea....although it's not really "downtown." Incentives should be given to businesses willing to locate downtown.

Sarah: I don't think another pharmacy related store is needed in Watsonville.

Melodie: No! We need a Trader Joe's.

Susan O'Day December 12, 2012 at 03:00 PM
I agree with Melodie..We need a Trader Joes...............(:
Carlos December 12, 2012 at 03:04 PM
I will get excited when we get a Costco and an In & Out Burger
Susan O'Day December 12, 2012 at 03:12 PM
Carlos, Those are great choices too.............Much better than another Walgreens..
Jennifer December 12, 2012 at 03:49 PM
Anything is better than another 99 cent store or discount mall!
SB December 12, 2012 at 04:52 PM
Unfortunately folks I'm pretty sure (guess only) Trader Joes will not come here as though there are a few of us here in Wats who would love it, this is not their overall demographic adn there would not be enough business. Though I would love an In N Out in town, it is not feasible as traffic studies were done at the proposed site by Red Roof and there is not enough traffic on highy 1 vs 101 where they put most of their area restaraunts. Additionally, this is not in the path of their other locations thus their delivery vehicles would be making extra single trips just for this location. Adding locations in SC/Capitola/or Scotts Valley would ease that, but SC & Capitola have a moratorium on drive thrus. But, the Costco idea is not dead. With the potential annexation of land near the Redman House / Red Roof, that is a strong possibility as then it would be considered Wats city limits thus helping the tax revenue for the city. Costco would be welocme as they are a good employer that actually has a conscience and pays their employees well with decent benefits unlike the heartless Walsomething that I pray never sets foot in this county as everytime they do open, a plethora of small business gets exiled and those that do end up working there are forced to rely on medicare / medical thus taxing our infrastructure further. Wait, what was the question again? Walgreens? Sure I guess. :)
Doc December 12, 2012 at 05:04 PM
Maybe we need a demographic change in this town!
Steve Bankhead December 12, 2012 at 05:17 PM
Heck, why not have a second Walgreen's just a few blocks from the existing downtown CVC pharmacy? Afterall, we have four Subway sandwich shops. My main concern in such duplication is it might indicate a city in such bad fiscal straits that it's willing to deal with whoever comes forward with the promise of quick, short-term development revenues at the expense of long-term community needs. Otherwise, the city would try harder to get a pharmacy back in East lake Village Shopping Center or the big empty lot next to it. A pharmacy there adjacent to the large senior neighborhood would be more supportive of long-term needs, and there are no pharmacies anywhere near that site, so it wouldn't impact other businesses as much.
jessica hernandez December 12, 2012 at 05:31 PM
Why are we building new stores instead if filling up all the empty businesses we already have? We don't need another Walgreens! We need something that makes sense!
Martha P Quintana December 12, 2012 at 05:45 PM
I agree with the idea of a Trader Joe's. We need healthier choices. I also agree that we need to fill the empty stores such as the Gottshalks. Most of us go out of town to shop because there isn't anything here. I think the city planners should consider all of its residents when planning for new businesses.
Born & Raised December 12, 2012 at 05:54 PM
I am of the mind that if ANY business wants to come to this city, we should welcome them with open arms. Lord knows, our demographic will not support the types of stores we would LIKE to get, but we cannot afford to be choosy. With discount malls and taquerias aplenty, this is not an opportunity that should be turned down. Big box pharmacies are always, ALWAYS busy in this town, to the point that I avoid them whenever possible. Walgreen's, CVS, whoever. These corporations have a matrix that they work off of, and when the numbers don't come back, they don't move in. If Walgreen's ran their study, and WATSONVILLE gets the nod, then by all means.....GET THEM IN HERE.
David H. Perez December 12, 2012 at 06:06 PM
@Steve Bankhead - I live near the East Lake Village Shopping Center, and putting a pharmacy back there is a terrific idea! That shopping center is surrounding by a lot of housing density, including the seniors village. I have no doubt that the business would be there to make a pharmacy thrive. It would also be nice to be able to walk to a neighborhood pharmacy rather than having to battle Freedom Blvd. or Main St. in the car. But I would never drive all the way downtown just to go to a pharmacy, and my insurance company requires I go through CVS Pharmacy anyway for all of my prescriptions.
David H. Perez December 12, 2012 at 06:08 PM
I totally agree that we should not turn down any business that is not a taqueria or cowboy hat store.
Daryl Wise December 12, 2012 at 06:15 PM
This Walgreens store was announced in the Sentinel on Monday and approved on Tuesday. Where was the public discussion? There is a CVS/Longs less than 3 blocks away that has been there for many years. This will only take away business from other stores and pharmacies. How many drug stores does one town need? The traffic is terrible on that corner too. Congratulations to El Pollero for NOT being easily swayed by the large corporation, unlike our small minded city council that rushed this store though. 5 years from now they will be gone (hopefully) but we will be stuck with a big and ugly store that we don't need and will never be able to take back.
theresa December 12, 2012 at 06:16 PM
it least they dont sell alcohol....knowing theres a big problem on lower main
Myrna Sherman December 12, 2012 at 06:44 PM
excellent idea
Myrna Sherman December 12, 2012 at 06:47 PM
Actually, Walgreens is on my pharmacy plan and so to be able to go to one on Main is more convenient for me. Besides the one on Freedom is old and not pleasant to go in. I think if a business wants to come here and build a new store let them.
Matie Nicholls December 12, 2012 at 07:03 PM
I hate Walgreen. I go to Watsonville pharmacy
Cathy P. December 12, 2012 at 07:05 PM
As usual Steve, you've come up with a brilliant idea (too brilliant for our current city leaders unfortunately). I use the Walgreen's in Freedom because they're open 24-hours but a business on this side of town would be great for all the reasons you mentioned, especially the location to the large senior neighborhood. The proposed Walgreen's isn't "technically" downtown anyway.
Cathy P. December 12, 2012 at 07:08 PM
"Where was the public discussion?" -------------------------------------------------------------------- lol, good question Daryl (you aren't from around here are you? ;)
De Hammmer December 12, 2012 at 07:46 PM
Who is going to benefit in the short run from this store going in? Who is getting a kick back under the table? Who is doing the demo work? Has anyone looked into those contracts yet? Might be worth a peek see.....
De Hammmer December 12, 2012 at 07:49 PM
This very idea was shelved some time ago because those wanting the demo and construction contracts have a lock on the downtown contracts. Follow the money.
Adam D. December 12, 2012 at 07:51 PM
Just another poor decision and reason why this city is on the decline. What we don't need: Discount Stores, discount grocery markets, another pharmacy, cell phone stores, jewelry stores, and taquerias. What we do need: Diverse restaurants, Trader Joes, Costco, Alternatives to Target, higher housing prices, new city counsel. A city counsel that is not bought and paid for would be preferable, but it's Watsonville - where the pay for City counsel is $400 a month, but some how they get by on that. Seems suspect.
De Hammmer December 12, 2012 at 07:55 PM
Cash is King and under the table.
sandra December 12, 2012 at 08:39 PM
Really? come on Watsonville we have to much of the same stores. Blowing it :(
John Pilge December 13, 2012 at 12:36 AM
"estimated $40,000 in new sales tax revenue." I doubt that. The revenue will come from people who would have gone to OTHER stores and spend the money there. I'll just be happy if they don't sell spray paint.
Russell Rickman December 13, 2012 at 01:29 AM
A great idea about east lake, it would benefit everyone on that side of town including the farms & ranchs up the hill. A group that would really be happy the city began to think We all know that the seniors would love it.
tinyt831 December 13, 2012 at 03:52 AM
I think Whole Foods should move their office in the upstairs of Gottshalks and open a store at the same time.
Steve Bankhead December 13, 2012 at 04:53 PM
To De Hammer's question of who will benefit: I believe the property to be used is mostly owned by the Sanchez family...though the name of their daughter might be niore familiar: Stella Romo.
La Hammer... December 14, 2012 at 04:59 AM
Talk to the vice-mayor, lol.

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