The World As I See It

July 1, 2014

Dick’s coming to Easton; BJ’s to follow

Thanks to stiff support from the Women’s League of Voters, the Easton Planning Board has approved Dick’s Sporting Goods for the area. This was music to the ears of many women in the area, “I know a lot of people are opposed to Dick’s being here,” said stay at home mom Staci Simpson, “But let’s face it, ‘Dick’s; ‘can’t live with them, can’t live without them,’ am I right?”

As expected, shortly after the approval of Dick’s people began to voice their support for BJ’s Wholesale Club to come as well, “I don’t know how you can have Dick’s without BJ’s,” said one area father, who admitted that even if BJ’s were to come to the area he didn’t think his wife would allow BJ’s to ever be a part of his daily routine, “But it’s just nice to know that BJ’s is an option.” He went on to say that he was at least hoping his wife would allow BJ’s on his birthday.

Many people are excited at the proposition of Dick’s arrival making it possible to avoid having to drive to Salisbury or across the bridge every time you need balls, “Dick’s will provide all of your ball needs,” said one planning board official, “They carry balls of all shapes, sizes, and colors. You need balls. Dick’s will have them.”

The idea to get Dick’s to come to the area was the brainchild of frustrated stay at home mom, Kimberly Bennett, who got the idea after spending an afternoon sipping Sangria and scrapbooking with other area Moms, “We knew something was missing,” she said, “The more we talked the more we realized we were missing Dick’s. It’s not that we necessarily want Dick’s here, but the reality is we need Dick’s. At least that’s what my therapist says.”

With the confirmation that Dick’s was coming talk quickly turned to the need for BJ’s, “I’ll be honest, I don’t even remember what BJ’s is like,” said one seemingly frustrated area man, “But as I recalled I liked it. I guess I support BJ’s for nostalgic reasons.”

Easton’s planning board said the hardest part is determining where to put Dick’s and BJ’s, but assured the public that they would be side by side, “The plan is to build the BJ’s, then stick the Dick’s right in the front of it. Just seems like it would condense space and it’s nice to have Dick’s and BJ’s together,” said one town official speaking on condition of anonymity and giggling like a schoolgirl.

Admittedly the approval for Dick’s went smoother than the approval of BJ’s as many local women were more against BJ’s than the board had expected. “It’s funny, they were relatively quiet at first, but the more we talked about it the more they started to sort of say they didn’t really want BJ’s,” said one town official, “Many of the local women said they had experience with BJ’s and while they were ok with BJ’s during their early 20’s, they would be fine if BJ’s was no longer a part of their lives.”

In the end the board felt that if they succumbed to the women and approved Dick’s they would have to throw a bone to the men and approve BJ’s, “We’re not saying that everyone has to be a fan of Dick’s or a fan of BJ’s, but we think that the happiness of our citizens will improve with Dick’s and BJ’s in their lives,” said one planning board member, “It’s time to put some big old smiles back on our citizens faces.”

There has been no official grand opening date set for either store, but town officials preached patience, “Dick’s should start their ground breaking pretty quickly. The minute you ok Dick’s they show up pretty quickly,” said one town official, “But BJ’s will be a slower proposition. We expect some opposition and you really have to ease the idea on a lot of people. Some people are apprehensive about BJ’s.” The official went on to say that BJ’s would definitely be here eventually. It was just real hard to say exactly when.

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