Rausch has been the business editor since September 2008, previously serving as senior business reporter. He joined the Chronicle in April 2007. He has written for newspapers in Napoleon, Ohio, Moline, Ill., and Lima, Ohio. He holds a bachelor of science in journalism from Ohio University (1992). In 2006, he received a second place award in business writing from the Association Press in Ohio.
Posted January 19, 2012 10:51 am - Updated January 19, 2012 10:52 am

Will the area be overly saturated with Walmarts?

A question was raised about whether the metro area will be overly saturated with Walmarts once the new one is built on Wrightsboro Road down the street from the Augusta Mall.
The new one would be the eighth for Augusta-Aiken.
I pulled up the census and looked at similarly sized cities in the U.S. and compared the number of Walmarts there.
We’re bigger than Odgen, Utah, and they’ve got 10 Walmart stores. Chatanooga, Tenn., has a dozen. And Jackson, Miss., has seven.
Then there are some similar cities that have very few Walmarts. Youngstown, Ohio, for example, has three of them. There are only four of them in Madison, Wis., and Scranton-Wilkes Barre, Penn.


ADDING: Kimberly-Clark is putting up a $700,000 addition to its Beech Island facility.
The project is related to infrastructure improvements around the dust collection system in the personal care area of the mill, said Stephanie Forest with Kimberly-Clark corporate media relations.
No new jobs will be added as a result of the addition, which should be completed by June 1.


WORLD OF COKE: The World of Coca-Cola hit a milestone on Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday. The Atlanta attraction has had 5 million visitors since it opened on May 24, 2007.
An interesting local fact: The Coke museum keeps track of where its visitors come from. Augusta is ninth on the list of cities.