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Walmart: Do You Love Them or Hate Them?

Our Patch Question of the Week is about Walmart, the super successful company that so many people love to hate. What do you think of the company's expansion in and around Atlanta?

 

Walmart is one of those companies that many people love to hate.

Just north of the Decatur city limits, Walmart and Selig Enterprises hope to shopping center in the first half of 2013 to make way for a new Walmart Supercenter. The project has sparked angry protests from nearby residents and talk of a lawsuit to stop the project, but some people do support it.

In Sandy Springs, the city council quickly passed a moratorium on all big box stores, apparently after hearing rumors that Walmart wanted to come to town.

Walmart broke ground in the Westside Village in March despite complaints from some area residents that the company didn't do enough to design an attractive building, as it has in other locations. That store is expected to create 200 jobs and become a badly needed source of fresh groceries for the English Avenue and Vine City neighborhoods when it opens in early 2013.

And a Walmart neighborhood market _ the company's version of a neighborhood grocery store _ is reportedly moving into the Tucker Square shopping center. Because of their smaller size and focus on food, these stores haven't sparked the kind of anger that the supercenters often do.

So what do you think of Walmart? Do you see this store as serving an essential need? Is it just hip to hate Walmart? Tell us what you think in the comments area below.

Fourth ward July 10, 2012 at 01:27 PM
It used to be an american ideal someone makes a living wage can raise a family and put kids to school, working at a factory. Their family working up the ladder. Now its a liberal talking point. God the right has you so played and they screw you over and over and you defend them like Uncle Tom
John McGrew July 10, 2012 at 01:36 PM
So ironic then, Fourth, that it was union excess that drove those jobs overseas, thus destroying your "american ideal".
JayMan July 10, 2012 at 01:38 PM
Some jobs are not meant to raise a family on...
Fourth ward July 10, 2012 at 02:27 PM
No John not unions, that's the talking point you have been taught. Its CEO's that wanted to make 500x the avg worker and if profits arent up every quarter Wall st has a problem. But it comes back to what the American dream is being coming, I got mine screw you and that's not how our economy functions. The middle class is shrinking,wages have been flat for forever if it wasnt for cheap credit, people would of been aware alot sooner. Without a thriving middle class, we become some third world nation. Now tell me the talking point how the jobs creators taxes how to stay low so that can happen lol. Yep Jayman keep making the talking points,the rich men tell you to say. lol
Fourth ward July 10, 2012 at 02:29 PM
Another FYI back when things were booming the 50's and 60's union membership was one third of the workers.
John McGrew July 10, 2012 at 09:57 PM
JayMan, that's what Progressives do when they know they are counter to the facts and reality. Since they can't defend their position rhetorically, they just go the ad hominem route and accuse everyone else of being slaves to some ideological boogie man or "talking points". I already trashed Fourth's math well above; Nearly every Fortune 500 CEO in America could be working for free without making a visible dent upon employee pay. We could even seize all the wealth of Bill Gates & Warren Buffett in the name of balancing the budget, and it would be all spent by the end of the weekend. Meanwhile, why doesn't Fourth plot the growth in the size of our government against the shrinking of the middle class? Talk about an inconvenient truth!
John McGrew July 10, 2012 at 09:59 PM
Also during that period, America had no competition in production, and a planet full of consumers with no where else to buy. It had little to do with unions.
John McGrew July 11, 2012 at 01:57 AM
Thank you for your reply, Tom. Responses like the above are the best indication of a utter lack of intellect and any ability to support any argument, thus forcing one to revert to their most base emotional instincts, which in your case is insensitivity and hate. It gives me comfort in knowing that people like this disagree with me.
Ms. July 11, 2012 at 03:49 AM
Just wow...
Tim Darnell (Editor) July 11, 2012 at 10:14 AM
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bulldogger July 11, 2012 at 01:00 PM
Folks, be wary, very wary of the Walmart Neighborhood Markets.....I'm sure what they have in mind in building these, is they want to take over the food supply in this country......they have the marketing skills, and most important they have the money, lots and lots and lots of MONEY. They will begin building these everywhere to compete with and destroy Kroger and Publix. It's coming and remember "You heard it here first". Remember to vote on November 6, 2012. It's the most important election in any of our lives......this election will decide the future direction of our country.
Tim July 11, 2012 at 01:25 PM
According to CNNMoney, “Some studies show for example, that Walmart’s low prices often raise the household wealth of poor, and particularly, minority families considerably. Other studies show that new Walmart stores lower average wages and reduce the number of retail jobs in an area.” Lets agree there are at least two sides to each story.
RD July 11, 2012 at 07:22 PM
Lies, damned lies and statistics!
JayMan July 11, 2012 at 08:05 PM
so why should we "be wary"? If the product is inferior to Kroger or Publix, then the Walmart Neighborhood Markets wont thrive, correct? If it is better, then Kroger and Publix will have to.....gasp....compete for business!!
John McGrew July 12, 2012 at 12:09 AM
About 7 or 8 years ago, Consumer Reports magazine did a study of what people in different urban areas paid for groceries. In Atlanta, we were paying 33% more than most other cities. This was due to the oligopoly between Kroger & Publix. The WalMart opening in Chamblee changed that. Even if you've never stepped foot on their property, you've benefited from them being there. So no, I'm not afraid of their neighborhood market. And clearly, they haven't destroyed Kroger or Publix either, as the success of the new Publix a mile down the road at Town Brookhaven clearly demonstrates.
Laura July 29, 2012 at 10:37 AM
Excellent post Louis! I would like to also add that for every dollar Lynn spends at Walmart, a percentage goes to Walmart's charity endeavors. This could mean a small grant to help clothe or feed some poor students at Lynn's school. But Walmart saves the large grants for "education reform." So if Lynn is a public school teacher, then she may be buying herself out of a job. Walmart is one of the largest funders of charter schools. Last year, they donated 50 million to Teach for America. Lynn, if you are an older teacher in an urban or rural school, Walmart -- and its customers -- is making it possible for one of those young TFA heroines to take your job. But that's OK. If the local charters are all staffed with TFAs, you can work for Walmart someday and not even have to buy school supplies again. Hey, you love it! I understand the high cost of supplying a classroom because I also am a teacher. But I would rather sacrifice a few bucks and buy from locally owned teacher supply stores.
Sandra July 30, 2012 at 05:40 AM
As a Walmart cashier I am privileged to work with some of the most wonderful people, in the world, like minded socially oriented volunteer type people. I have however been trying to work full time for over a year. I am fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese. I have the equivalent to an associates degree, qualify financially for public assistance but refuse to apply for it because I think it should be for those less physically & mentally able. Unfortunately our store can only have one full time cashier in East Cobb.
Sandra July 30, 2012 at 05:47 AM
Or at least I have been told there can only be one full time cashier with a regular schedual I want to be able to get my daughter back but when safe ride put me out of Buisness Walmart was the only job I could find. I don't mind having to pay my dues and prove myself, but after a year I am a bit surprised that I haven't progressed more,...
GoAndie August 28, 2012 at 09:12 PM
Totally agree with you on the freshness, especially on their meats. They have the worst meats. Don't buy Great Value meats, it's toxic!!
GoAndie August 28, 2012 at 09:24 PM
Louis Myers, you hit WalMart right on the mark! This company mass produce cheapness, but with the economy being what it is, I still shop there, BUT I 'm very, very selective on what I buy. I try to get the MOST out of every purchase just as they do out of their employees. It's sad to think that we, shoppers, help fund them and help promote them hiring people who has to get govt assistance. I heard their employees talk about making less than 40/week, part-timers get no benefits, and they cut hours to control how much workers bring in weekly. And since millions shop there, the cycle continues; as longas we continue to shop, they will be in business to put out other businesses.
GoAndie August 28, 2012 at 09:43 PM
How can we stop WalMart or WalMonster? How can we control the shoppers spending money there? I don't want them to eat up all their competition (becoming a monopoly) over our food. They produce the GreatValue brand and it's a poor inferior quality of food. They have the Worst meats and I don't trust their motives in trying to dominate the marketplace, even matching their competitors prices; they will not be undersold. Poorer people will have to buy their cheap food, which can led to an earlier death via health problems, which will led to population control of the poor. Is this their goal?
GoAndie August 28, 2012 at 09:51 PM
They believe in hiring only part time people. They know part time workers can't live a full-time life off their wages; thereby making their workers their number one customers(with the 20% employee discount). Most of what they pay out to their workers comes right back to them!! It's by design that you can't afford to shop anywhere else but WalMart if you work for them.
John McGrew August 29, 2012 at 01:08 PM
@GoAndie, can you not hear yourself? "How can we control the shoppers spending money there?" Who made you god?
GoAndie August 29, 2012 at 04:20 PM
John McGrew, it was sarcasm, DUH!!! The question was meant to be a joke, just like the one you made:"who made you God?". I don't need to answer that, we all know the answer. Just like we all should know that we can't stop shoppers from buying WalMart.
J. H. September 20, 2012 at 06:42 PM
To get on the Walmart bandwagon is a downhill spiral of cheap chinese made merchandise and low employee wages. In the end the only ones that win are the Walton family.
John McGrew September 20, 2012 at 07:22 PM
Then don't shop there. Dollars speak louder than words.
Nathan Schwinn September 20, 2012 at 08:19 PM
Patch has a thing for Wal-Mart. This is about the 5th Wal-Mart related story they have run. Durn Lib'ral press, give it a rest and don't be such suck-ups for page hits.
Miles Rich September 20, 2012 at 09:43 PM
Most of Walmart's stock is no longer owned by the Walton family. The stockholders win, but you are correct, very few other people do. It is a downhill spiral to bottom.
Miles Rich September 20, 2012 at 09:46 PM
Why is it, Nathan Schwinn, when you don't like the story, even though the story is true, you attack the messenger. There have always been newspapers with liberal or conservative editorial pages. It just so happens that more journalists are progressive or lean left because they are more open minded, but most professional journalists attempt to be fair and report a story accurately. I am sure you watch the Fox News Channel, on which there is very little news, and almost none of it is Fair or Balanced.
Laura September 20, 2012 at 10:33 PM
Walmart is the largest private employer in this country and the largest corporation in the WORLD. They have invested millions in organizations that influence public policy in this country. Considering the impact walmart has on every one of us -- even those of us who refuse to shop there -- I would say that five stories is not that many.

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