Not Everyone Will Shop At New Wal-Mart Supercenter

For the last 23 years, Wayne Lees Grocery store has served residents in Lucedale.

"People are loyal to Wayne Lee's," George County resident Maggie Thompson said. "I think Wayne Lee's will survive, but I don't think our other stores will."

"It's not going anywhere. People rely on it," Lucedale resident Carol Childress Cooley said.

Wayne Lee's has always faced competition, but the new Wal-Mart Supercenter just down the road could be their biggest threat. Residents like Marcie Rogers agree. She drives to the Wal-Mart Supercenter in Mobile County to do all her grocery shopping.

"I always go to Mobile to Super Wal-Mart to get my groceries and stuff," Rogers said. "You just can do everything at one store."

"One stop shopping - you have your pharmacy, you have your everyday items, your groceries, a little of everything," Lucedale resident Nicole Parker said.

Officials at Wayne Lee's didn't want to do an interview, but they did say they're expecting a drop in business after Wal-Mart opens. Regulars at Wayne Lee's, like Maggie Thompson say, the store will survive because of services Wal-Mart doesn't offer.

"This is by far my favorite store," Thompson said. "I do all my banking here; I cash my checks, pay my phone bill."

City officials say the Wal-Mart Supercenter is expected to make around $1 million a week. That's three times more than the current Wal-Mart does.