Wal-Mart Fan or Not So Much?

Real Estate Agent with Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Florida Network Realty BK 3030920

We had an EPIC battle a few years ago here in the Beaches of Jacksonville, with Wal-Mart threatening to open their big box retail in an area mainly serviced by small, locally owned businesses.

Atlantic Beach didn't want Wal-Mart in their beach community; Neptune Beach, which has less commercial space, and could have benefited greatly from the tax base Wal-Mart would bring, was considering allowing them in Neptune Beach.

The public outcry indicated the beaches population, for the most part, didn't want a Wal-Mart in their community -we are all perfectly fine to drive the additional 10 minutes to get to one. Which does mean driving over the "ditch" (local slang for the ICW).

Which leads me to wonder: WHY would Wal-Mart want to threaten/bully/use heavy-handed tactics to put a store in that the PUBLIC has said they don't want, and will not patronize? It doesn't seem to make very much sense to me, and apparently, I'm not alone: NYC residents don't want a Wal-Mart in the city.

Full story here: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/27/nyregion/27walmart.html?_r=1&hpw

What do you think? If Wal-Mart were to come to your immediate market area, would it be a good thing or not so much?

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Navona Hart
Real Living Cornerstone - Farmville, VA
Selling the Best Properties in CentralVirginia

And yet Carol people do go to the very stores they protested!  In droves.  I have found in my town, the local stores that provided excellent customer service and good product are still here and hopefully thriving.  I despise Walmart, however, while sitting on the baseball field another mother wanted to let me know that I needed to think of all of the local people who have jobs there and how they are grateful Walmart is here.  Walmart does bully, it would be nice if it didn't feel like that. 

Dec 26, 2010 11:07 PM #1
Mike Jones
SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) - Tucson, AZ
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I think they've found out that regardless of the up-front fight, people will shop for the prices.  They're putting a super WalMart two miles from our home.  We'll continue to patronize the Mom and Pop stores in Tucson where we have developed relationships.  (Sort of like Real Estate and the cut-rate brokerages, isn't it?)

Mike in Tucson

Dec 26, 2010 11:10 PM #2
Lauren Selinsky Broker CRS
California Coastal Estates - Aliso Viejo, CA
"Your California Real Estate Broker" TM #oclauren

Carol, Although I am a Neiman Marcus kinda' gal & I actually like Wal-Mart, but I wouldn't want it in Laguna Beach.... There are places for Wal-Mart, but I am thinking it's NOT for Neptune Beach either ;)

Dec 26, 2010 11:11 PM #3
James Dray
Fathom Realty AR LLC - Bentonville, AR
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Good morning Carol I live in Bella Vista Arkansas next door to Bentonville which is the home of Wal-Mart.  Since Mr. Sam (Sam Walton) died the company has changed some for the good but some bad.  I guess it all depends on your point of view.

Dec 26, 2010 11:25 PM #4
Valerie Zinger
House Proud Ottawa-Ontario-Canada - Ottawa, ON
Home Organizer

Carol:  A huge Wal-Mart is being built close to my neighbourhood.  It is on vacant property but is not well serviced with street access.  Almost everyone's concern is the traffic jams that are going to occur.  I know that most retailers spend a lot of time doing location studies for new stores.  There must be a market here for the new Wal-Mart but the size will be astounding and so will the traffic. 

Dec 26, 2010 11:28 PM #5
Pam Sitterly
CRS Magnolia-Tomball Texas

I love Mom and Pop business more than I love Walmart prices. But I love WalMart prices.

Dec 26, 2010 11:29 PM #6
Joshua Zargari
MJ Decorators Workshop LI staging and home decorating - Lynbrook, NY
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Good morning Carol!

Dec 27, 2010 04:04 AM #7
Gretchen Karr
Berkshire Hathaway Homesale Realty - Lancaster, PA

Carol: There are definitely pro's and con's to the Walmart epidemic.  Here in Lancaster, Pennsylvania there are several areas with Walmarts that do bring in jobs and are used heavily.  However, there are surrounding small towns that thrive on the mom and pop businesses.  The people in these towns have fault the local municipalities, and won, to prohibit Walmart from coming in.  I am not opposed to Walmart, I just do not feel that it is right for every town.       

Dec 27, 2010 04:12 AM #8
Jim Frimmer
HomeSmart Realty West - San Diego, CA
Realtor & CDPE, Mission Valley specialist

The City of San Diego doesn’t want the super Walmarts in its city limits but the public seems to want it. It seems to be the labor unions that are against super Walmarts. Signature gathering is underway to force a public referendum to override the San Diego City Council, and I think it will make the ballot and pass.

After going to a super Walmart in Lemon Grove (just outside the San Diego city limits), it’s hard not to shop there. Prices, especially for groceries, are low and the selection is great. Food is much less expensive. Cat food is less expensive. Etc. The super Walmart is equidistant from a regular Walmart so I’m thinking I’ll be going to the super Walmart from now own.

I hope you had a Merry Christmas with lots of fun and food with family and friends.

Dec 27, 2010 02:49 PM #9
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