The Sears located here closed a couple of years ago and I don’t know how it stayed open as long as it did, Even 15 years ago it was like a mausoleum any day of the week.
For some reason the business climate here is not as welcoming. There’s no Best Buy, Target, Tractor Supply, and so on even though smaller cities 50-75 miles away have those type of retailers.
The city fought Wal Mart tooth and nail for 6 years over putting in a SuperCenter on the outlying edge of town. There was a paved 2 lane road about 2.5 miles long running north from the highway and the city’s claim was that “Wal Mart traffic would clog up the works”.
So while they’re stalling Wal Mart in an extortion attempt to get WM to foot the bill for reworking that stretch of roadway they allowed Lowes to set up on one corner and a local farm and ranch store to build a corporate office and warehouse on the other. Needless to say that warehouse has heavy truck traffic in and out all the time and all operating off of a narrow 2 lane.
Wal Mart refused to budge and the city finally allowed them to build. The city never said a negative word about 3 churches, a new school, multiple housing additions, nursing home, private school, and a number of other facilities to build along there.
Everyone knew that road was going to be swamped; Wal Mart or no Wal Mart. The 3 churches went in first on open prairie and one thing preachers are good at is sniffing out future money through the city planning commission.