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Lamesa residents react to Walmart closing

Walmart in Lamesa (Source: KCBD Video) Walmart in Lamesa (Source: KCBD Video)
Walmart in Lamesa (Source: KCBD Video) Walmart in Lamesa (Source: KCBD Video)
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

Lamesa residents are trying to understand why their Walmart location is closing.

Though they aren't the only ones saying goodbye to a retail store. The corporation said the location in Brownfield will be closing, too.

Shock and disappointment echoed throughout the parking lot in Lamesa.

"Disappointed," O'Donnell resident, Willie Villarreal, said. "Because you live here, you want to keep your money here and you want to do everything here and it's going to be disappointing. It's disappointing to see them leave."

Vannessa Smith said the store is in a state of chaos.

"They're in shock, they're in here buying just cases and cases of water, detergent, food, everything at one time," she said.

News spread quickly that Walmart will be closing their doors for good on Oct. 19.

Josh Stevens, Mayor of Lamesa, said the city found out Friday morning and immediately called city council members in to talk about their options.

"It's a great opportunity for several new businesses to come in," he said. "We've already been in contact with some larger stores. So, we'll be talking with them, as well."

Though, he said he feels for the nearly 70 families affected by Walmart's decision, he is staying positive for the City of Lamesa.

"It's a lease issue," Stevens said. "But we're looking forward to the future, for that shopping center where Walmart is located."

In Brownfield, 79 people will be losing their jobs as their store prepares to close in January.

Folks in Lamesa are sad for the affected families.

"Really hurts my heart for all of these families, like now, tossed out, especially with such short notice," Brenay Kimbrough said.

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