SARANAC LAKE - The story of the Saranac Lake Community Store has been getting airplay on radio stations across Canada in the last few weeks.
A 16-minute radio documentary titled "I Thank Walmart," by Montreal-based CBC Radio producer Susan McKenzie, tells the story of how Walmart's unsuccessful attempt to build a 121,000-square-foot supercenter on Lake Flower Avenue in 2006 led to the creation of New York's first community-owned department store.
The story includes interviews with Community Store organizers Melinda Little, Alan Brown and Gail Brill, store Manager Craig Waters, Enterprise reporter Chris Knight, and local residents and business owners.
The title of the feature comes from a line in Mckenzie's interview with Brill.
"I thank Walmart for coming because it really did light a fire under us to come up with a solution to the retail situation," Brill says.
McKenzie traveled to Saranac Lake in late February to gather audio and conduct interviews for the documentary.
It was initially broadcast on CBC Radio One's "The Sunday Edition" on Sunday, Nov. 18. It was replayed on the show "In the Field" on Sunday and Tuesday and is also available online.