I don’t know about others, but I don’t want a vacant and abandoned building in my neighborhood. Not only is it an eyesore, it’s also been a real drain on the surrounding businesses. The new Walmart expected to go into a building that is now vacant is going to be a 100% improvement.
It is important to have empty buildings quickly occupied and converted into something that would benefit other surrounding businesses. To most business owners (and observant community members), an empty storefront means lost sales, lost customers and lost jobs. The new Walmart will not only employ hundreds of Burbank residents, but it will also help the surrounding businesses keep their employees paid and their sales in the black.
We need investment from companies that will draw shoppers, and the Walmart will be just that: a magnet for more growth and development to the area. It’s time to take down the paper on the windows and let Walmart in.