Wal-Mart Fan or Not So Much?

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Real Estate Agent with Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Florida Network Realty BK 3030920
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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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Carol Zingone is a full service Broker Associate proudly affiliated with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty in Atlantic Beach, FL.  I help buyers and sellers locally, regionally, and internationally.  With hundreds of happy buyers and sellers over the course of my career, I'm thrilled to help first time buyers, military buyers, seniors, investors, 1031 exchange properties, short sales and REO's.  I have spent hours honing my expertise, including the designations of: Graduate Realtor Institute (GRI), Loss Mitigation Certification (LMC) , Short Sales, Foreclosures, REO's, (SFR), and Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES).  I pride myself on providing excellent expertise to all buyers and sellers. Search the MLS via www.carolzingone.com  for Jacksonville and area listings!

 

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Valerie Zinger
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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. 

December 27, 2010 07:28 AM
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Pam Sitterly
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I love Mom and Pop business more than I love Walmart prices. But I love WalMart prices.

December 27, 2010 07:29 AM
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Joshua Zargari
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Good morning Carol!

December 27, 2010 12:04 PM
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Gretchen Karr
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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.       

December 27, 2010 12:12 PM
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Jim Frimmer
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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.

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