Archive for the 'Eastern U.S.' Category

“[L]ittle more than window dressing.”

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

I’ve seen rumblings again that New York City might get its first Walmart. In truth it seems that New York City has no reason to be alarmed as our long lost friends at the Neighborhood Retail Alliance put them down here. The post is a long one and well worth your time, but my favorite […]

Wal-Mart vs. the Wilderness

Sunday, May 3rd, 2009

More on Walmart siting near a historic Civil War battle field. Wal-Mart vs. the Wilderness To commemorate the bloody struggle, portions of the Wilderness — which is near Locust Grove, Va., in Orange County — were set aside as a national military park. However, just 21 percent of the battlefield is permanently protected; other key […]

Walmart and the Adirondacks

Friday, May 23rd, 2008

I don’t usually like to just link to items treated elsewhere, but we did have quite a discussion about Walmart’s attempt to move into Saranac Lake. Walmart Watch reports on a new attempt to move into Tupper Lake, promoted by the mayor. I find this quote from the mayor as most revealing: “Tupper Lake has […]

David vs Goliath

Wednesday, March 12th, 2008

A Stand Against Wal-Mart and, for Now, a Victory Monsey, NY It was Friday afternoon when the developer who had been intent on building a 215,000-square-foot Wal-Mart in this hamlet sent word to the town offices in Ramapo. The fax was terse, but its message clear: “We will not continue to proceed with the development.” […]

Quote of the Day (Weekend Edition)

Sunday, July 15th, 2007

“To me, there is an absolute nexus between Wal-Mart and increase crime generated in an area.” – West Boylston, Pennsylvania Police Chief Dennis Minnich, via the Consumerist, July 13, 2007.


Friday, May 11th, 2007

I loved the above headline from The New York Observer and I just had to steal borrow it. The battle between Wal-Mart and New York is heating up and the Bentonvile Behemoth is getting creative about how it insinuates itself into local politics. Politicians are running away from Wal-Mart as fast as they can. A […]


Friday, May 11th, 2007

In a fifth-column move intended to help Wal-Mart breach the barriers preventing the Bentonvile Behemoth from pillaging the retail market in New York City, the company has joined the The Association for a Better New York. According to The New York Observer: [The ABNY is] a civic organization in the city that works “for the […]


Tuesday, May 8th, 2007

In what could be a commercial version of the retail tear-down trend (buying a house for the property and demolishing the existing structure to build a new one) Wal-Mart is reportedly looking at the Gottschalks chain of 64 stores in California. Such a brown-field strategy could signal an expansion-plan change. If this is the case, […]

Walmart’s Image Problem

Sunday, March 4th, 2007

As I’ve said many times before “Walmart” has become a kind of shorthand for a certain type of corporate behavior much like Enron or Exxon. Once a firm gets this type of association it’s very hard to shake. Phillip Morris tried by renaming itself Altria. Actually Exxon also did this in a former age when […]

Does the Emperor have no clothes?

Monday, February 26th, 2007

Ever since I have been a Wal-Mart blogger, there has always been a little part of me that wondered whether Wal-Mart is (like Enron was) actually a house of cards waiting to collapse. I know, I know – the company is profitable, but think of their fixed costs and all that discretionary spending going into […]

Work for Wal-Mart and they think they own you.

Wednesday, January 24th, 2007

Brian, the better-paid critic at Edelman’s “Paid Critics” offers his usual “bad cop” portrayal of this story out of Rhode Island’s Pawtucket Times. What he doesn’t tell you is why they were protesting: The union officials were particularly irked that Wal-Mart is lobbying to get rid of a state law that requires that workers be […]


Tuesday, January 9th, 2007

…Without hitting a Wal-Mart. Rhode Island gets its 10th Wal-Mart this month. Our smallest state covers 1,214 square miles, that’s 121.4 square miles per Wal-Mart. Figure that each square is about 11 miles on a side and you get a horrifying picture. No one in the state is more than 6.5 miles away from a […]


Wednesday, December 27th, 2006

From the Letters To The Editor page of this morning’s Emira, New York, Star-Gazette: Hats off to Elmira Free Academy student William Moore for his well-researched, well-thought out and well-presented treatise on the Wal-Mart “scandal.” I applaud his youthful concern for the plight of workers and his support of rights of employees. What was it […]

Alice Walton: Cultural Pillager

Saturday, November 18th, 2006

One of the nicest things about blogging exclusively on the subject of Wal-Mart is that despite that limitation, you can still end up writing about some very unexpected subjects. So whenever Alice Walton decides to buy another famous American painting, I get to write about art. Yesterday, I ran into the rundown on reaction in […]

Opponents Try to Lock Up the Bronx Before Wal-Mart Knocks on the Door

Friday, November 10th, 2006

From today’s NY Times Now, the Bronx has emerged as the latest battleground over attempts by Wal-Mart to open its first store in New York City. Leaders of the anti-Wal-Mart campaign have been forming alliances with Bronx community groups and politicians as well as holding town hall meetings to plan their attack and energize their […]