Yelm Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Cecelia Jenkins says in the Spring, 2009 Chamber Connection publication insert in the February, 20 NVN:
“Third-quarter 2008 data for taxable retail sales show Yelm rose 5.35 percent to $43.2 million from $41 million….
Retail trade data show Yelm rose 9.58 percent to $21.6 million from $19.7 million. This is a positive reflection on the quality of goods and services being offered locally. More importantly for chamber members, the study confirms what we promote and believe; our community is supporting local business.”
OF COURSE THIRD QUARTER 2008 SALES FIGURES WOULD SHOW A MAJOR INCREASE, SINCE 2008 HAD A NEW SUPER WAL-MART OPERATING FOR THE FULL QUARTER, COMPARED TO LESS THAN 2 1/2 MONTHS OF OPERATION IN THE COMPARABLE 2007 QUARTER, AFTER THEIR JULY, 2007 GRAND OPENING.
TO PUT THIS IN PERSPECTIVE, WITH WAL-MART OPEN 17% MORE DAYS IN THE THIRD QUARTER OF 2008 VS. THE 3RD QUARTER OF 2007, DOES 9.58% RETAIL TRADE GROWTH ACTUALLY EQUATE TO A NET NEGATIVE RETAIL GROWTH? YOU DECIDE.
TO GET A FAIR COMPARISON, LET’S SEE THE 4TH QUARTER COMPARABLE NUMBERS, SINCE WAL-MART WAS OPEN FOR THE FULL QUARTER IN 2007 AND 2008.
THE YELM COMMUNITY BLOG SAYS TO NOT ONLY SUPPORT LOCAL BUSINESSES AS THE CHAMBER, RATHER SUPPORT LOCALLY OWNED BUSINESSES, TOO!
Congratulations to Yelm Citizen of the Year Cecelia Jenkins!