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1/18/2014 1:33:00 PM
Petitioning for ALCO

Bill Helm

Camp Verde resident Ambie Charles, left, signs a petition in front of the Camp Verde ALCO on Jan. 13. Camp Verde resident Patricia Bassi, unhappy with the recent announcement that ALCO will close its Camp Verde store in April, encouraged people to spend $5 and to sign a petition as a show of support to keep the store open. When ALCO closes, Charles says, "We will lose an opportunity to spend our retail dollars locally and [we will] miss the taxes collected at ALCO that benefit Camp Verde directly." In four hours, Bassi had collected 136 signatures on her petition. VVN/Bill Helm

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Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, January 23, 2014
Article comment by: Victoria OMalley

Even with their store closing sale, the stuff in there is way overpriced, This is why they are closing. You can not expect to keep a place running when your prices are sky high. Especially in such a small town. Thanks for your efforts.

Posted: Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Article comment by: Kayo Parsons-Korn

I think Julia is wrong. 10 years ago, ALCO had very little competition. They might have had some overlap of goods with CVS and Basha's, but that was it. Since then we have had a Family Dollar, Dollar General, and Walgreens move in. Now ALCO has five other stores that it has to compete with and it often has the highest prices on those common overlapping items. Its hard to compete with Family Dollar and Dollar General on price. They are huge national chains.
If you really wanted to bring tax dollars into Camp Verde, then you want stores that not only Camp Verdeans will shop at, but other Valley residents will shop at too. A Costco, a Trader Joe's, a Target. Something that isn't duplicated in another town and has unique inventory.

Posted: Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Article comment by: June Trinidad

Patricia, There will be some comments that are off base and some that know. Thanks for all the work you are doing. I too do not have the time to drive to Cottonwood (at least 20 min each way) and would rather spend a little more knowing that my tax dollars are here in Camp Verde. I will continue to shop at Alco hoping it will make a difference. Let the naysayers drive to Cottonwood. They will anyway.

Posted: Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Article comment by: Wacka Wacka

I have an idea .. based on the recommendations from those NeoCons who think everything is bought and paid for.

If you think ALCO is a great, going concern, buy it!

Posted: Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Article comment by: Julia Muncy

Patricia Bassi: I just want you to know that I appreciate your efforts! And I sincerely hope you succeed in keeping the store open! We do have a couple of other discount stores, but each one, including Alco, carry slightly different items at different prices. Which is a good thing, as it gives people a choice! And even "poor" people deserve a choice! Also, I for one cannot afford the extra gas to drive elsewhere to shop. Nor can I tolerate the crowds in some of the stores, nor the traffic, nor the attitudes of a lot of clerks in other towns. And what about the folks with no vehicle of their own to go elsewhere when they need something?

Again, thank you Patricia for your efforts!

Posted: Monday, January 20, 2014
Article comment by: Patricia Bassi

I have been in Alco almost daily the last two weeks and I find it inaccurate what Robert says about the disgustingly dirty store. I have been amazed actually how clean and polished the floors were on my last visit. If I do my shopping elsewhere it takes more money out of the Town of Camp Verde. Money we need in this town to clean the streets, fix the pot holes, and many other necessary City functions. So I do not find that an actual alternative. We have a town here that needs support by the residents not doomsday scenario's. What is with people anyway? I am at least trying to do something. Again thanks to all who participated on Monday January 13. Keep calling Alco headquarters, tell your friends and neighbors. We need hundreds of phone calls.
We need to be heard.

Posted: Monday, January 20, 2014
Article comment by: Robert Turner

Stop the bleeding and close it already. Patricia will do her shopping elsewhere and she will be just fine without this disgustingly dirty store.

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