Rome, NY Sucks

But At Least We're Not Utica

Monday, August 21, 2006

Walmart Pays Up, Eventually

After years of property tax-free status, Wal-Mart will pay taxes on the full assessed value of its store, despite the recent filed grievence. I'm not one to bash Wal-Mart, but Griffo shouldn't have struck this deal with the devil in the first place. 80% of Rome's land is untaxable in the first place and this deal only made it more expensive to live in the area.

And, by the way, Wal-Mart's grocery prices are 3%-20% higher in the Rome store than the North Utica store. Apparently, Wal-Mart bases food prices on the median income of the city's residents. In case you wondered why Wal-Mart doesn't list food prices on the website.


  • At August 29, 2006 6:30 PM, Blogger Roman Hokie said…

    Think maybe Rome's Walmart SC is more expensive because it's a good 10-15 minutes off the Thruway? I don't think the Utica store's that far off the highway...

    Not to mention, isn't there a DC in Marcy? (I don't know if it's a dry or grocery DC)

  • At August 29, 2006 10:48 PM, Blogger RomeHater said…

    I was told by a vendor that people were buying infant formula in Oneida cheap and then returning it in New Hartford for a profit. His explaination was that Wal-Mart used median income to determine food prices. Considering that the DC for Wal-Mart in Marcy covers multiple states, there would have to be a huge markup for a store located more than 50 miles away. The extra 10 miles from Rome seems small in comparison.

  • At August 31, 2006 9:40 PM, Blogger Roman Hokie said…

    And Wal-Mart can't resell baby formula. Pretty slick...

    I know Sam's Club prices are more in Alaska and Hawaii than stateside. Back in 2000, it was generally about 5 - 10% more than mainland US.

  • At June 28, 2008 10:50 AM, Blogger jourdysmom said…

    I spoke with the General Manager at the Rome store and he stated that the Utica and New Hartford stores MUST have lower prices as they have to compete with all the other grocery and drug stores in that area... The Rome store can have higher prices because people "have" to pay them or drive to cheaper stores which most people WON'T do...How crappy is that???


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