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Author Topic: Minnesota: Cottage View Drive-In to Close; Wal-Mart to Build Super Center
Scott Clayton
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From: Minnesota
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 - posted September 21, 2012 11:39 AM      Profile for Scott Clayton           Edit/Delete Post 
One of the last drive-in movie theaters in the area is closing to make room for a Wal-Mart.

The Cottage Grove City Council approved Wal-Mart's plans to build a super center on the site at it's Wednesday meeting.
Now, the Cottage View Drive-In will close next month after 47 years in business. Wal-Mart will start construction in the spring.

http://hastings-cottagegrove.kstp.com/news/news/162060-cottage-view-drive-close-wal-mart-build-super-center

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Bob Allen
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 - posted September 21, 2012 02:01 PM      Profile for Bob Allen   Email Bob Allen         Edit/Delete Post 
Sadly many DI operators have found they could get more money for the land their DI sits on than they could operating it as a theatre. I think the same thing happened up in Park Rapids. A WalMart not sits where the DI used to be.

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Robert Crabtree
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 - posted September 25, 2012 10:51 AM      Profile for Robert Crabtree   Email Robert Crabtree         Edit/Delete Post 
The Wal-Mart SuperCenter in Pinellas Park sits on the sites of two former theatres- a 12 screen UA, described as having the charm of a cinderblock warehouse, and a DI.

Wal-Mart- DI killer

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Bob Allen
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 - posted September 26, 2012 03:25 PM      Profile for Bob Allen   Email Bob Allen         Edit/Delete Post 
I also worked for WalMart. The company is not a "DI killer". They will get the best buy they can on property to open a store. Frequently that property is owned by a DI operator who is struggling (whether through poor management or whatever). But WalMart does not have a goal of shutting down drive-ins.

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Christopher Crouch
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 - posted September 29, 2012 04:00 AM      Profile for Christopher Crouch   Email Christopher Crouch         Edit/Delete Post 
It's similar to how closed theatres are taken over by churches with such frequency. Movie theatres and churches have similar facility needs; drive ins and "big box" retailers have similar land requirements.

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