From their competitors. You know… because they are good at offering consumers a good product at a good price.
“There is only so much of the pie to go around,” Tom Beck, owner of Beck’s Green Bay Avenue Mart, said at the March Plan Commission hearing, according to an Ozaukee Press article. Beck, whose business is next to the future Kwik Trip, couldn’t be reached for comment.
Zietlow said similar claims were made when Kwik Trip was getting approval for stores in other Milwaukee-area communities. That includes a 2011 proposal for Menomonee Falls, near Silver Spring Drive and Lilly Road, which Kwik Trip dropped.
“I think most elected officials see through that,” Zietlow said. “They understand that competition is good for the market.”
Instead of the competitive effects, local officials should base their decisions on whether the proposals meet their zoning standards, Zietlow said. Kwik Trip shouldn’t be treated differently from other gas station and convenience store operators, he said.
Saukville Village President Barb Dickmann agreed.
“It is not government’s role to regulate commerce,” she said. “We can only look at it from the standards of the Plan Commission.”
Barb Dickmann has it exactly right. Government should not be in the business of limiting competition to protect existing businesses. Let the consumers and the market decide.
On a related note, it sure would be nice to get a Kwik Trip in West Bend.