Manhattan residents react to Wal-Mart staying open

MANHATTAN (KSNT) – On Friday morning, Wal-Mart announced a massive closings for the first time in its history.

Nine of the 154 stores closing in the United States are from Kansas. But one not on the list is the store in Manhattan at the corner of Hayes and Bluemont Avenue.

Store 35 is the only Wal-Mart in Manhattan.

“I think it would be very devastating to the community,” Terry Dekat said. “Wal-Mart is the biggest (store) for cleaning items, household items (and) pharmaceutical items.”

Dekat said he and his wife rarely go to the Target located at 800 Commons Place, on the west side of the city. He said Wal-Mart is their go-to for necessities.

The store is an important place to shop for Manhattan but the loss of the store could have meant loss of jobs as well.

“By us going to school, we need somewhere to work,” Aaron Finch said. “(The) Manhattan Wal-Mart, they fund a lot of our students.”

But for Finch, the store also helps a cause he cares about. He tries to help the elderly residents stay employed and independent.

“It occupies our time so yeah, definitely, Wal-Mart does a great job by keeping everybody entertained,” Finch said.


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