Smokers in the Grand Valley Frantic Over Walmart's "Mis-Communication"

By: Lindsay Housaman Email
By: Lindsay Housaman Email

Smokers in the Grand Valley have been frantic for the last 24 hours or so, after shopping at the Rimrock Walmart and seeing cigarette prices as high as $90.00 a carton.

A sign hung in the cigarette aisle of the store as of midnight last night. It reads: due to a new state law the price of tobacco products is increasing.

An employee tells 11 News, "told they printed it up because customers weren't believing what was going on."

With no new law in Colorado to raise cigarette tax since 2005, it didn't sound right and neither did the almost $10.00 a pack and $90.00 a carton.

Smokers agree,"$90.00 a carton. O my gosh. That's crazy." "That's a lot of money to be spending on a carton of cigarettes."

11 news contacted the store manager who confirmed what we heard was true. An employee says they were told by management to say it was the state not them.

It was time to contact other cigarette distributors to see if they had to raise their prices too because of a new state law, and no one else has.

The manager of Sinclair on 25 and F Roads says, "If any changes of the state of any kind of increase of any tobacco product, our company would of called us that day and told us to raise our cigarette prices and we haven't heard nothing."

State Representative Bernie Buescher says there's no new law, and State Representative Steve King got down to the bottom of the pricey situation by going and talking with the Rimrock Walmart store manager.

The Rimrock Walmart says everything should be cleared up by Monday.

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  • by Diane Location: Montrose on Nov 25, 2007 at 03:20 PM
    Did that manager really say, "our company would of [sic] called us...and we haven't heard nothing [sic]"? And was it your reporter's intention to embarrass that person by quoting their poor grammar? By the way, I doubt you meant "cigarette isle," unless Wal-Mart has the cigarettes displayed inside of a pond. I must admit, this was certainly an entertaining story. Unfortunately, it was amusing more because of the errors and sloppy reporting than because of the topic itself.
  • by Miranda Location: Louisiana on Nov 25, 2007 at 09:32 AM
    Well, Walmart must be miscommunicatin a LOT, because they did the EXACT same thing here in Louisiana--and told me the exact same "explanation" this morning(11/25/07).
  • by Ken Location: Fruita on Nov 25, 2007 at 09:31 AM
    Thanks for the news! I always watch NBC Evebing news and then KKCO Local News. Butch is the best. He's knowledgeable, funny, knows how to pronounce the town names and the trivia he has hidden away in his head is great.
  • by Paul Location: Grand Junction on Nov 24, 2007 at 09:35 PM
    It's pretty sad when the price of cigarettes at a Walmart store puts some smokers into a panic and makes the news. People ought to realize how foolish being addicted to nicotine is, and do everything that they can to quit smoking.
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