Originally Published: January 24, 2018 5:58 a.m.
“Sam’s Club closing in Prescott Valley” was Thursday, Jan. 11’s headline in the Courier. The article went on to say 150 to 160 people will lose their jobs. Some might be absorbed into the three Walmarts in the area, but not all.
Well, to get on point, there are now three large empty buildings in Prescott Valley: Haggens, K-Mart, and now Sam’s. Yet there is housing construction going on at a pretty high pace: “Talking Glass apartments — 214 units, Willow Creek apartments — 160 units, Jasper project – 3,600 units, and the ever popular Deep Well Ranch project – 4,600 units. That’s about 8,500 new family units being built.
At two people per unit, that’s about 17,000 new folks coming to the area in the near and not too distant future. This is just a partial list. Now go search for new industry in the quad city area and what do you find? Nothing comes up.
What is coming to the area to support these families? Our fast food industry can only hire so many. Where is the incentive to attract new industry with the high paying jobs to support the $1,000 plus per month rents? Construction is being praised as “progress,” but what is the rest of the story? I feel a valid point has been completely ignored here (aside from the obvious water issue). Let’s see what our city officials have to say.