Monday, August 13, 2007

Home Depot here we go!

The Eureka Reporter - Article My brother Mike was up from Sacramento this weekend and saw we were potentially getting a Home Depot. He was shocked and disturbed by these developments. I told him people were still in the fighting process and he just laughed and said if they wanted in, they will be there.

I guess I better get a petition out there for a ball park on the waterfront soon! (You know, to match the Basketball Court in the Adorni.)

31 comments:

Stu said...

Richard, the basketball court at the Adorni sucks. No seating for fans, horrible lighting and shooting background. The whole building sucks. It has the most functionally obsolete floor plan I have ever seen. A useless lobby, weight room that is way too small, a small crafts room, and a small meeting room. What a facility it could have been! It could have been like Healthsport only on the bay, with an Olympic size swimming pool, and some sort of maritime use, like boat docks and kayak rentals. The Adorni Center is a joke ... and Tim Fleming calls it the "crown jewell of the Eureka waterfront".

Heraldo said...

he just laughed and said if they wanted in, they will be there.

In closely following news about Home Depot over the last year it's clear they are willing to fight a community that wants to keep them out until the bitter end.

So when Brian Morrissey said “One of the reasons we chose Home Depot was their commitment to the communities where they are,” it made me throw up in my mouth a little.

mresquan said...

They're committed to destroying any competitor in the communities in which they operate.

Anonymous said...

How is hiring some Olympic athletes helping our community?

rick said...

Well I have to say Mike is right. But I still feel that you should keep the big box stores out of the county. kind of like Costco and Target you know the Veteran and Bell Ringers hating store.I heard that Wally World opened a store in Cresent City and everybody goes up there now to shop. I dont shop Wally World that much but i drive right past Target when I do. And HD will do the same if they desire.

Carol said...

First we were told there would be soccer fields. Then we were told there would be no big box. I repeat, no big box. Now we have Home Depot. Isn't Home Depot a big box? I repeat a big box?

mresquan said...

Carol and Greg,Heraldo,Richard,and everyone else,I hope to see you there on Thursday.Let them hear your objections.

mresquan said...

And I just heard on the radio that there stocks took another plunge.

mresquan said...

Oops,their stocks.

Anonymous said...

Can't wait for home depot to open their doors.

you guys are afraid of them building it because the vast majority of the population here will in fact shop there.

We want to be able to better our quality of life and afford it.

Anonymous said...

Not everyone here wants to keep HD out. I'm waiting for it to open. I go to the one in Crescent City now. Some how it hasn't put Ace out of business. Some of you must leave Humboldt once in a while and drive by numerous Home Depot stores with other large stores selling the same type of goods that aren't going out of business like Lowe's. These are not in huge cities.

mresquan said...

Well I lived right down the street from one when I lived in Albany,and what a horrid store,every time I'd go in their you'd see new sets of employees and a worker morale so low it was depressing,and they didn't charge any less for most goods that you could've gotten in any of the local Berkeley stores. How they operate is they set their prices for products at a minute amount less than the competing stores in the area,and when those stores go out of business they mark up their prices to match what people were paying for the products at the other stores.
And the quality of there stuff sucks,not to mention the quality of the service contractors.It certainly is Walmart with a hammer.What's funny is once it gets built here if it does,the people who'll be bitching about it the most will be the ones so fervent in bringing one here.You'll see increases in crime,increases in traffic congestion which leads to taxpayer money needing to be spent to rebuild the roads going into it,can't wait to read Leo Sears' piece about that one.
And why are people so against putting in a business there that pays a decent wage?Is Rob Arkley serious when he wonders why kids leave the area after graduating high school,instead of staying here and working at a retail outlet at minimum wage,and which is supposed to be a great thing for the area?

Anonymous said...

Rob Arkley certainly didn't make his fortune in Eureka, he moved away to do it. But then, I would have probably moved away too if my dad was Robin Arkley.

Greg said...

We are planning to attend. See you all there?

samoasoftball said...

Are they serving Prime Rib? Maybe a huge end cut?

Anonymous said...

Prime rib? Now richard that would block your free flowing colon!!! And Stu, places for fans to sit ? Don't over inflate!!! As far as the Olympic atheletes go; Do you honestlt think tha there job at home despit is any more than a juket around the country to promote Home Despit? It is a tired ploy that is telling you that if you don't support Home Despit, you don't support our olympians so you are un- American. Bad tactic Brian ,But I am still in support of the Marina Center!!!

Carol said...
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Anonymous said...

It will be cleaned to local, state and federal standards!!! Now lets go to your house and tell you what our vision is for that tract!!!

Anonymous said...

I remember seeing Former City councilman Dave Meserve ranting about how awful big box stores and then one time seeing him walking out of Target with two bags FULL of stuff!

Such hypocrisy...they want a high quality of life for themselves and they want the rest of us to be toiling and exhausted just to survive.

Anonymous said...

Home Depot pays more than minimum wage and they have health benefits, stock options and 401k plan. Had a friend that applied in Redding for a job at Home Depot that was working here at Simpson and he would have made more money at Home Depot than Simpson.

The Adorni is built on a contaminated capped site and I don't remember anyone insisting that it be cleaned up thoroughly. So what's the difference? The Adorni actually touches the bay.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
"I remember seeing Former City councilman Dave Meserve ranting about how awful big box stores and then one time seeing him walking out of Target with two bags FULL of stuff!"

Funny. The same thing happened when Costco opened. People who opposed it for various reasons were seen there soon after it opened for business. That includes at least one local politician who had yelled long and loud against it. I was astonished to see him in the pharmacy line, but he held his head high for some reason.

Can we all spell h-y-p-o-c-r-i-t-e?

Are we all doing our best to avoid becoming one?

mresquan said...

"That includes at least one local politician who had yelled long and loud against it."

Well I wouldn't call Rex Bohn a politician,but you are correct he and his buddies at Renner screamed pretty loud about Costco coming here.
Well since the object of big boxes are to crush its competitors in a given area which it has done to some businesses,one indeed does has a more limited choice of where to buy crap.

Anonymous said...

Yeah Mark, and we all see how Renner has suffered as a result...as if...

Anonymous said...

I thought Rex Bohn was a Republican. Republicans are for competitive business and growth aren't they?

Anonymous said...

Actually, I know Rex Bohn and he is in favor of competition and privately had no problem with Costco gas coming in.

Please substantiate Rex's "screaming pretty loud about costco coming here".

Anonymous said...

Yeah, if you want an example of a Councilmember in Eureka who screams loud and does NOT A DAMNED THING then look no further than Chris Kerrigan, all ambition and no ethic.

Eric V. Kirk said...

I told him people were still in the fighting process and he just laughed and said if they wanted in, they will be there.

Did you tell them about the "WalMart Waterloo?"

Anonymous said...

Yeehaw bring it on

Anonymous said...

More goods from China. That's just what we need.

Anonymous said...

Brought to you by the Bush Crime Family. You do of course know that George Bush, Sr. was Nixon's ambassador to China?

Anonymous said...

How did Rex come out on that sodemy charge? Rumor has it he took it in the ass!