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?