"Wal-Mart already said in a statement that the village board vote will block a store from being built there, and Wal-Mart will not wait two years for a decision".
If Wal-Mart will not wait two years for a decision, that is their business decision. If they think an SL store will be profitable, they will build...in two years, five years or ten years. It's a business decision.
"Stanley Chevrolet is now sitting empty, paying no salaries; it looks pretty bad when driving past it".
Yes, Stanley Chevrolet is sitting empty. It's a pretty big lot wouldn't you say? At least as big as the plaza across the street? Big enough for a 68,000 sq ft Wal-Mart probably. Business decision.
"This idea of a community department store is not the answer, it’s one of the worst solutions to the problem I’ve ever heard of".
It's a solution? Why? Are there any reasons other than that you want a 121,000 sq ft Wal-Mart instead?