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Sun, Sept. 22

Letter: Reader says TJ's tax revenue staying home


I wanted to respond to Jack Wilson (and others) who write letters about Trader Joe's not bringing "new" tax dollars and taking business away from local stores.

This sounds like people who are not regular Trader Joe's shoppers. Our family, and others we know, plan Trader Joe's trips when we are going to the Phoenix area, stocking up on products that we do not or cannot buy locally. We also stock up when returning from vacations where Trader Joe's are available. So a local Trader Joe's will be new tax dollars from us; going to Prescott instead of Scottsdale, Glendale, Phoenix, etc.

When in a Valley TJ's we would often ask when they were coming to Prescott. We were usually told that was one of their most asked questions, asked by people from Prescott who came into town to shop at TJ's. People spending tax dollars down in the Phoenix area.

Another writer stated that TJ's would only come to a city of 1 million-plus in population. This will come as a real surprise to Arroyo Grande or San Luis Obispo or Santa Maria and other small California cities as well as Carson City, Nev., or even Santa Fe, N.M.

We are happy that we are going to get to spend our tax dollars at home.

Ken Godbold


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