posted September 21, 2012 11:39 AM
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.
posted September 21, 2012 02:01 PM
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.
posted September 25, 2012 10:51 AM
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.
posted September 26, 2012 03:25 PM
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.
posted September 29, 2012 04:00 AM
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.