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Editorial: Turning eyesores into positives is what we need

Kmart in Prescott Valley, at 7550 Highway 69, closed in April 2016, and the building now has a new owner — Pruitt’s Fine Furniture — which expects a March 2019 opening. (Les Stukenberg/Courier, file)

Kmart in Prescott Valley, at 7550 Highway 69, closed in April 2016, and the building now has a new owner — Pruitt’s Fine Furniture — which expects a March 2019 opening. (Les Stukenberg/Courier, file)

The Christmas bows and wrappings have been put aside, and as we look to 2019 we are filled with hope and prosperity.

Well, most of us.

A business owner with ties to our area has purchased a building in Prescott Valley — the old Kmart, which has sat vacant since April 2016 — and plans to open in March. (CLICK HERE to read our Dec. 15 story.)

We were surprised, call it dumbfounded, when we read naysayers’ comments on social media about the move, which involves a Phoenix-based furniture store opening a location in Prescott Valley.

We would think people would be happy that a huge, empty building has a new lease on life. This is especially important, given the business will deliver new jobs, tax revenues, and a boost in area property values, among other things.

It saddened us to see some of the comments:

• How about opening a new store? We’re bringing in thousands of new people without bigger roads and shopping outlets?

• It’s for all those California people moving here…

• Let’s see how long it will last? Any bets?

How about trying more positive comments:

• Someone is trying to be positive with the building!

• Wow, people, give it a chance.

Let’s face it, the Greater Prescott area has some areas of blight. Vacant buildings exist in Prescott Valley and Prescott (Have you driven up Iron Springs Road lately? The Haggens market in PV still sits empty too.).

We wonder if the complainers prefer the empty storefronts. We think not.

As for the new year, we wait with baited anticipation that the economy continues to edge up like it has done in the past.

So far, the good news is an established company is moving into a massive eyesore of a building to try to make something good happen here. We, as a community, should be supporting this and focusing on all the good that it can bring.

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