With Wal-Mart, Smaller=Better

So Wal-Mart’s ongoing attempt to dominate the known universe with identical big-box stores where you can purchase both a rifle and some Cocoa Puffs at the same time has hit a minor setback in Central Florida, as their new store over in East Orange will be a “smaller” Wal-Mart:

Wal-Mart originally proposed building one of its Supercenters at the site in 2005, but community pressure prompted the retailer to change its model to a Neighborhood Market, part of its grocery-store chain. The Neighborhood Market is about 40,000 square feet, much smaller than the Supercenter, which could have been up to 250,000 square feet.

Of course, residents are still unhappy, especially those who choose to air their grievances online:

We wanted an up-scale market as a concession and got a poorly run, poorly maintained and low-income venue that has already brought property values down. Thanks Mildred. I am sure you will not shop there – nor will I unless I am on welfare like most of the customers.

Um…yikes!

1 Comment so far

  1. Terry Howard (unregistered) on January 16th, 2008 @ 10:13 pm

    You know, that person’s comments show just how ignorant they are. First off, I’ve been to one of those Walmart Neighborhood Markets and they are nicer than Albertsons or Winn Dixie. The fact that she assumes they will be poorly run shows she has absolutely no idea the logistics and business marvel the Walmart machine is. And to say all Walmart customers are welfare recipients. As Matt said, yikes!

    As to lowering property values… Are we to believe this person has some kind of instant assessment system that no one else knows exists? Oh, and seeing as how the real estate market is in the throws of a downward trend that still has yet to find bottom, this person somehow can tell what is market conditions and what is this instant Walmart devaluing effect. Mr. Greenspan, meet your replacement!

    It’s a store people, a store. Get over it and get over yourself. It’s not going to do anything but create jobs, generate tax revenue and provide reasonably priced goods and services.



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