Story last updated at 6:40 p.m. Thursday, December 26, 2002

Large store ban favored
Editor's note: The six-month moratorium on the building of large stores has not been enacted. It is still just a proposal and will receive a public hearing in January before the council takes final action on it.

I for one hope the Fred Meyer chain doesn't come to town. Don't get me wrong: I love Fred Meyer. I shop there all the time. I'm not anti-box-store, either. I like new businesses and new buildings.

Someone needing 12 acres in the middle of town for a 90,000-square-foot building doesn't sit well with me. I think downtown Homer has so little land now for future businesses. If you look around, new buildings are being built and old buildings are being fixed up. I feel things are moving along quite well.

I might have been all for a new Fred Meyer three or four years ago before Ulmer's restored the Lakeside Mall and before Save-U-More decided to make a major commitment and build a new building. I think Save-U-More can be our token box store.

Fred Meyer says their store won't be as big as the Soldotna store. I believe that. They say they'll sell mostly groceries. Well, that part is hard to believe. I know that they'll do whatever they have to do to make it work -- I would.

The thought of all those RVs in the parking lot during the summer and all those parking lot lights during the winter is a little hard to take.

As far as passing a moratorium, it sends the right message: We care about Homer, and a big business doesn't belong in a small town. It's time for the city council to make a stand. This one is easy, guys: it's us or them.

Tiny Nolan