Monday, September 17, 2012

So, what do you do with an empty Walgreens?

Posted By on Mon, Sep 17, 2012 at 1:18 PM

The news that Fayetteville may lose two of our Walgreens stores isn’t particularly great news for anyone who touts our economic strength in Northwest Arkansas. We already have more than a few empty store fronts in the New York City of the Ozarks, and Walgreens isn’t helping us any.

Driving by a Walgreens, one is struck by the question:

Just what the hell do you do with a deserted Walgreens, anyway? They are built to fit the specific needs of the drug store giant, and to see anything else in there might seem a little odd. Might it just just sit there, laying fallow for years to come?

That isn’t such an unrealistic expectation, actually.

On North College, across from one of the Walgreens set for closure, sits a long-abandoned car lot. Now, that is a property much only built for one purpose. Next to the car lot is a Burger King, accompanied by the shell of a mini-market type store, driven into the ground when Kum & Go (where employees must wear white shirts and ties, giving you the museum gift shop experience) ) opened up across the street.

As a former Night Manager at 7-11, the entire concept of forcing employees to wear white shirts and ties seems nothing short of insane; it’s the sort of corporate decision made by people who will never have to do the kind of work the Kum & Go workers do.

Behind Walgreens, up on the hill, is the ghost of yet another car lot.

On another note, these are jobs that are leaving Fayetteville. Are any of the candidates running for local office talking about jobs?

No, not”Green” jobs. Just jobs in general.

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KFSM - Waiting for the Plan 9 from Outer Space moment?

I have been watching KFSM (Channel 5) with a certain degree of fascination over the past week. It has become painfully apparent that there seem to be no camera people in the studio, and and a static wide-shot takes in anchors Darren Bobb and Ashley Beck.

We’ll get back to the anchors in a moment.

I suppose KFSM is saving oodles and gobs of money, because not only do there seem to be no camera people, but the one camera covering the studio seems to be it - not even a director cutting shots between several cameras.

This is not economy - this is cheapness.

Admittedly, all of my television training comes from the good folks at public access (who are damn talented, by the way) but even I can see this ain’t working. Hell, young kids who have taken studio class at public access could probably set up a better shot for them than this.

It looks that clumsy.

What also looks clumsy is the pairing up of Darren Bobb and Ashley Beck. They don’t seem to have worked out a system for when each will jump into a story.

Each night, Bobb’s left hand sits, claw-like, on the desk, as if he wanted to have a Plan 9 from Outer Space moment and begin screaming at his co-hort - or at the world in general.

Screaming what, one can only imagine.

Yes, KFSM is the place I’m gonna be for a while . . .

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