Small Business Owners Prepare for New Wal-Mart Supercenter

A new Wal-Mart Supercenter is rolling into Bainbridge and while that maybe an economic boost, it means local business owners are also facing some stiff competition. Small business owners in the area say they realize the challenge that faces them and that preparing for this multi-billion competitor means stepping up their game for the sake of their businesses future.

Small business owners in Bainbridge, Georgia like Jim Little say a dominant retail competitor coming into town may give him a run for it's money.

Smith says he's not preparing to close up shop, but rather changing up the way he runs his business, and city officials are expecting to draw in people from neighboring towns and they want local businesses to take advantage of the opportunities this creates.

Smith just so happens to be on his Wal-Mart history as a bookstore owner and is aware of the threat posed by the business, but he says he'll have to just put his skills into overdrive.

This 187,000 square foot super center will be located on U.S. 27 across from the charter house and is expected to be up and running in 2005.

Officials say that the downtown Bainbridge Business Association will be holding seminars for downtown merchants to prepare them for the competition, and a national Wal-Mart expert has also been in town to talk to some folks.