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A vision of Trinity Site with a few requirements

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By The Staff

I believe that there are some essential requirements and considerations that must be addressed before any other requirements for the Trinity Site.

1. The Trinity Site must permanently increase our tax base. Without this increase, we will never be able to enhance the amenities in this community.

2. The Trinity Site should have a core store that provides the missing essential shopping needs of Los Alamos. Unless this core store covers these shopping needs, our citizens will continue to shop off the Hill to the detriment of the entire retail community.

3. The core store should be a magnet to pull people downtown in order to create the foot traffic essential to the survival of the stores that we presently have and hope to attract. (All downtown merchants can benefit if the bus system runs continuous shuttles that brings all stores to within 5 minutes of each other.)

4. A true magnet store will require lots of additional local parking, at least as much additional parking as presently exists at the Mari-Mac shopping center.

5. A magnet store will need to be accessible (the Trinity Site is in an ideal location).

6. A magnet store is likely to find Los Alamos attractive only if it can substantially increase its market share in Los Alamos and the surrounding region.

Any commercial entity that we attract would expect to see a large increase to their total sales volume in the Rio Grande corridor north of Santa Fe. Placing a Super Wal-Mart in Los Alamos would have some effect on increasing their local market share. I think that we might have a stronger marketing position for aggressively approaching, for example, Fred Meyer or Costco and marketing Los Alamos as an ideal regional location. A Fred Meyer or Costco, plus the stores that we presently have, would cover almost all of our shopping needs.

Start with the magnet store with an adequate parking lot and landscaping to enhance traffic flow. Then add trails and other stores along Trinity where commercial development interest has been expressed.

In summary, the incentive to come to Los Alamos for a big box merchant would be to increase their market share in the region. A Fred Meyer, Costco or a super Wal-Mart would meet the missing retail needs of the citizens of Los Alamos.

E. Alan Wadlinger

White Rock