Proposed Dollar General Could Alter Feel of Downtown Fort Bragg

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  1. Though I would not dispute the fact that the proposed Dollar General Store could alter feel of downtown Fort Bragg; I do not feel anything in your article really justifies using that headline.

  2. Dollar General is terrible for any community. It treats like a commodity and the money doesn’t stay local it goes to Tennessee. From mismanagement and cheap crappy items sold that belongs at a 99cent store. It would definitely affect The feeling of Ft. Bragg local businesses will be affected negatively . I’ve seen from the inside and out what happens when Dollar general floods a county with their chain stores and destroy small businesses and sucks the life out of the local economy and its community. Ft. Bragg say NO!

  3. seriously?! why not let Willits have this store? they have a much larger riff-raff community to support an enterprise like this: such as single, unwed mothers; the obese; neglected, homeless, drug addict, lowlifes… we don’t need anymore folks like this on the coast. (and in case anyone else is reading this, we also don’t need a Wal-Mart!) also, rents aren’t getting cheaper either on the coast. to those locals who want big-box in our backyard: we need YOU out of here.

    Fort Bragg is unlike (and aspires to be unlike) other american towns in that we actually have some semblance of culture which other towns do not and cannot possess — galleries, a cinema that plays art-house films (during the county’s annual film festival), theatre troupes, gorgeous coastal scenery, as well as an aesthetic sensibility that is gradually eroded everytime a big-box store opens in our area.

    sure, i understand business is business but we don’t need this business here. take your business elsewhere.
    fort bragg can survive covid19, but Dollar General represents a more virulent strain of disease and social malaise that- well, let’s just say we need a DG as much as we need an earthquake that plunges fort bragg into the ocean via tsunami.

    if town planning has such a hard-on for a big-box store then why not opt for a Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s instead? no sensible person in the community wants a DG in the middle of town, on the outskirts of town, or ANYWHERE ELSE in the world for that matter!

    • …I don’t want DG here either, but to dis Willits and the people there is just beyond rude…

    • Riff-raff? You are pretty dismissive (and inaccurate on the subject) of a lot of different groups. I am not drawn to the idea of a Dollar General Store, either, but I am certainly not so because of snobby ideas like yours. I think stores should serve their communities well and I think we could do better than a Dollar General for that purpose.

    • Wow, you’re a very judgmental person. Fort Bragg is already going to heck and has been for some years. It’s become unaffordable and when a city relies so heavily on tourism, it’s important to keep in mind that people who work those jobs need food and housing. People who work full time, living in tents or their cars.

      You’re unbelievable.

  4. I am a free-market advocate, with heavy social activist tendencies. California, due to restrictions in planning and heavy taxes continues to have a mass exodus of businesses and people priced out of it’s economy. Tesla has relocated most recently to Texas and the line-up to border states like Arizona, Utah, Nevada, Oregon continues. for former low and middle class Californians. The inner-city restrictions for Ft. Bragg may be grand, but choking off availability of “crap sales” to some of Ft. Bragg folks and healthy tax income to the city is reprehensible. Show me some open arms, Mendocino County; your population is shrinking as well.

  5. Skipping past the comments showing extreme derision for the poor among us, I would say this: FB has already dropped the ball on downtown by allowing too many property owners to let their storefronts remain empty so they don’t have to bring them up to code. Thus it is the City of FB that is responsible for the tax base drying up, and now they want to make it look like every other town in the country, because sure, why not? FB has already lost it’s charm, so let’s just send the last of it down the tubes, right?
    Hey, you voted for these mooks, so now ya get to live with it

  6. Riff-raff? You are pretty dismissive (and inaccurate on the subject) of a lot of different groups. I am not drawn to the idea of a Dollar General Store, either, but I am certainly not so because of snobby ideas like yours. I think stores should serve their communities well and I think we could do better than a Dollar General for that purpose.

  7. It’s deja voodoo all over again.
    I grew up in Santa Rosa and well remember the contentious introduction of the first Walmart store in Sonoma County’s ‘planned community’, Rohnert Park. The city’s intent was to increase the city’s tax revenue by attracting consumers from surrounding communities which was also the major point of contention.
    Those fears soon were soon realized as all small merchants in Sonoma County, including Rohnert Park, felt the drop in commerce and empty storefronts became more common. This boon in tax revenue for Rohnert Park was short lived as Santa Rosa, in an effort to recover some of its lost tax revenue, soon allowed another Walmart to be opened within its border, further hastening the degradation of its central district.
    Another noticeable side effect of this boondoggle was the loss of product diversity. Soon everybody I knew had the same cheap electronics, furniture, food brands, tools, clothes, etc. as I now did.
    Think carefully Fort Bragg, once you invite the devil in you’ll pay hell trying to get rid of him. You have something priceless here, you may not know that until it’s gone. And so cheaply, too?

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