Sunday, July 12, 2009

As large retailers shut doors, warehouse-like buildings sit unused � Knoxville News Sentinel

As large retailers shut doors, warehouse-like buildings sit unused � Knoxville News Sentinel: "A former Walmart in Carlinville, Ill., was converted to a church, but not before a legal battle from the city.

Mayor Robert Schwab said retail space is at a premium in the city of about 6,000, so when Walmart announced it was building a new supercenter in town, community leaders were hopeful the old facility could be turned into new retail space.

Instead, Walmart sold the 50,000-square-foot building to the Carlinville Southern Baptist Church in 2007.

'Nothing against churches, but the city loses, the county loses and the school district loses sales tax and property tax as a source of revenue,' the mayor said.

'It was probably the largest building available in probably the whole county,' Schwab said. 'There was a lot of interest in it but Walmart found a willing buyer that gave them no competition at all.'"

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