The Buzz

December 14, 2013

POLITICS: Should mega-stores get mega-breaks in Columbia?

The Buzz

A blog from The State's political team of Cassie Cope, Jamie Self and Andy Shain. Email tips to

Columbia-area shoppers want more national stores. They create Facebook pages begging retailers to open. They line up by the hundreds when Whole Foods and Mast General Store open, and crowd the parking lot at the new Trader Joe’s to overflowing for weeks.

But should government offer incentives to a retailer to locate in the Midlands?

It has happened before – think Mast General Store along Columbia’s Main Street.

But it’s a bad idea, critics say.

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