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Old 10-17-2012, 09:04 AM
 
Location: ๏̯͡๏﴿ Gwinnett-That's a Civil Matter-County
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Hey here's a novel idea... why don't the city zoning officials ask the local residents what they want?
And if they say "we don't want a walmart in our neighborhood", instead of making concessions and accommodations for walmart to open there anyway, they say "tough luck walmart, there's some newly minted suburb 50 miles away, go move there instead."
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Old 10-17-2012, 11:24 AM
 
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Hey here's a novel idea... why don't the city zoning officials ask the local residents what they want?
And if they say "we don't want a walmart in our neighborhood", instead of making concessions and accommodations for walmart to open there anyway, they say "tough luck walmart, there's some newly minted suburb 50 miles away, go move there instead."
Who says there are "concessions and accomodations" that need to be made? If the parcel they want to occupy is already zoned for the use, the city really can't keep Walmart out, provided they meet any stipulations/requirements of the zoning. If it's not zoned for the use currently, then it's up to the residents to show up at the zoning hearings and make their voices heard if this isn't something they want.
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Old 10-17-2012, 12:31 PM
 
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If the parcel they want to occupy is already zoned for the use, the city really can't keep Walmart out, provided they meet any stipulations/requirements of the zoning. If it's not zoned for the use currently, then it's up to the residents to show up at the zoning hearings and make their voices heard if this isn't something they want.
Exactly. If Walmart (or any other company) meets the requirements of the law they can build a store anywhere they please.

If the residents don't like it they are equally free to move somewhere else.

As they say, corporations are people, my friend, and you can no more discriminate against them than you would anyone else.
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Old 10-17-2012, 01:08 PM
 
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It will either thrive or will fail miserably. Personally I hope it thrives because these jobs, as low paying as they may be, are certainly an upgrade for many of the residents of that area.
That is an excellent point.

I would imagine if Wal-Mart fails, it would have a huge chililng effect on the area. If I wanted to open a small business and saw that Wal-Mart failed, my logic would be "if Wal-Mart, with all its business savvy, studies, and huge team of business professionals couldn't make it in this market, what chance do I stand as one man with limited resources?"
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Old 10-17-2012, 01:25 PM
 
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Hard to see how they could fail, though. Has any Walmart ever gone out of business?
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Old 10-17-2012, 01:36 PM
 
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I am going to be honest. I thought this area was some off places in the burbs but isn't in the middle of town.

Why is everyone acting like this is some remote area? It's just a small area near downtown?

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Old 10-17-2012, 01:42 PM
 
Location: Kirkwood
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I am going to be honest. I thought this area was some off places in the burns but isn't in the middle of town.

Why is everyone acting like this is some remote area? It's just a small area near downtown?
This area needs the jobs, opportunities, and retail.
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Old 10-17-2012, 02:01 PM
 
Location: Savannah GA
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Hard to see how they could fail, though. Has any Walmart ever gone out of business?
Yes, but fewer than 20 in the U.S. and each with a unique and unusual set of circumstances. In an earlier post, I mentioned the one in Tuskegee, AL was shut down after a very short time because of widespread theft by employees. That store should never have been built in the first place and is one example in which Walmart's execs made a mistake. But it doesn't happen often.

(Google WALMART and TUSKEGEE if you want to read more about it)

Of course, Walmart REPLACES old stores with new ones all the time, and has closed some Sam's Club locations for low sales. They've also closed some international locations (China I think) and some of their smaller neighborhood market stores that just didn't fly. But the wholesale closing of a full-size Supercenter is very rare.
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Old 10-17-2012, 03:18 PM
 
Location: 30080
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In certain areas where WalMart is announced, North Decatur, they'll raise hell. But an area like Vine City that needs to jobs and retail very little opposition is heard. WalMart is a good fit for this area, but not a good fit for Glenwood Park.
They'll raise hell and it'll still be packed everyday like the rest of them in the metro are. Those people that complain are rarely the majority.
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Old 10-17-2012, 06:25 PM
 
Location: Atlanta ,GA
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I agree. WalMart is taking a gamble on the area, but there is great upside. I think this will be a boom or bust investment for them. It will either thrive or will fail miserably. Personally I hope it thrives because these jobs, as low paying as they may be, are certainly an upgrade for many of the residents of that area. A small paycheck is better than no paycheck and 100% government dependence.
WHAT!!! You said something positive for a change .WOW!!
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