She would welcome a Staples store
Reading so much about Rick Pappas objecting to "big box stores," I wonder where was he when Friedman's store tripled in size? Not a peep out of him then, but now that a competitive store that would accommodate someone who needs something immediately, and is not carried by one of our favorite stores here in Sonoma, he objects to our having the convenience.
Being a member of the large senior population (I'm 84) living in Sonoma Valley, I would welcome a Staples store in Mr. Holder's building on West Napa Street. It's sad to see such a lovely location go empty for more than a year.
Having attended the Sonoma City Council meeting when the issue was discussed, I was glad that Staples' people and their attorney were there to fill in the information that many of us wanted. It did not seem that their attorney was threatening at all, but very informative, and their people were also very friendly and helpful.
If this store is not allowed to occupy that space, my friends and I will probably take the easier shopping route to Napa and, naturally while there, purchase other things that we would normally buy here. Then the City and County of Napa will reap the benefits of our shopping, instead of the City and County of Sonoma.
Also, I appreciate the people who wrote letters of support and the newspaper for printing them. Rah for all of you. I really resent Rick Pappas' campaign to keep Staples out. It has lost him loyal customers in our house and family because we will still be loyal to the small businesses that we have always patronized for the personalized attention and services they give us.
Lorraine W. Kenny