Archive for the 'Central U.S.' Category


Monday, June 23rd, 2008

I wanted to feel the blogger at Blogaholic’s pain, I really did. His long tale of woe in dealing with buying contact lenses at Wal-Mart started the rage rising in my gut. He was well and truly fecked by customer service from hell. Then I read this: But, honestly, they’re the cheapest for my very […]


Saturday, June 30th, 2007

Don’t look for any great session of back slapping and exchange of rude party jokes anytime soon, but there does appear to be some light showing through a barely cracked door in Chicago over the living-wage issue. From WMAQ: The détente between Mayor Daley and Chicago Federation of Labor President Dennis Gannon — which helped […]

A TGIF Wal-Mart Roundup

Friday, April 20th, 2007

* Sam Walton’s wife Helen has died at age 87. * I think we neglected to report the results of the Chicago Alderman election. It seems to have gone about as badly for Wal-Mart as anyone could reasonably have expected. * Nazi T-shirts: Still out there. * Do the plaintiffs here have anything to do […]

Breaking: Some Wal-Mart workers are not happy.

Thursday, April 5th, 2007

I think it was Charles Fishman who first suggested that members of the press should follow up after a Wal-Mart opens to see if the company keeps its promises. Much to their credit, Chicago Public Radio has done precisely that. Do yourself a favor: Download and listen to this story. It’s actually nothing but Wal-Mart […]


Monday, February 26th, 2007

Other than how to say Welcome to Wal-Mart, of course. Francisco Soto is the owner of Midwest Audio, a Chicago business in Wal-Mart’s first Jobs and Opportunity Zone. Last Christmas, says Soto, Wal-Mart sold TV-radios for $25 under his cost. That’s my bread and butter,” Soto says. “I don’t know what my future here holds. […]

Bringing Wal-Mart to a New Level

Monday, February 26th, 2007

Via an item on DailyKos which references work from Midwest Environmental Advocates comes a story about a Walmart effort in Wisconsin: Last fall I moved to a lovely little town in southern Wisconsin. It is small, has a thriving downtown, and the traffic is minimal. Unfortunately, Wal*Mart also thinks it’s the perfect town to build […]

A missed opportunity.

Sunday, February 25th, 2007

Read this article by the AP concerning that much-discussed Wal-Mart in Chicago and tell me what’s missing. I’ll put my answer in the comments.

Wal-Mart Holds a “Conversation” With Unsuspecting Missourians

Saturday, January 6th, 2007

Ever since I started writing about Wal-Mart online, I’ve tried to make the effect of Wal-Mart on small communities an important sub-genre. For example, here’s one on the town of McGehee, Arkansas I remembered well enough to have found it in the Kos archives. What I never considered before is that a Wal-Mart doesn’t have […]

The retail equivalent of telling little Susie there’s no Santa Claus

Tuesday, November 7th, 2006

Yesterday, I wrote about how Global Insight, the firm Wal-Mart hired to “prove” how much its allegedly-low prices saved every American, might not really have proved anything. Now Forbes goes and writes this: [D]iscount drug chains in the Great Lakes region were pricing carbonated soft drinks well below Wal-Mart. Then they started offering cheaper items […]


Thursday, October 12th, 2006

Every Wednesday I assemble a digest of my past week’s post here and publish them on my personal blog Have Coffee Will Write as Wal Mart Wednesday. This week one of my regular readers felt compelled to share a personal Wal Mart story. In light of these two posts from Jonathan, I wanted to share […]


Tuesday, October 10th, 2006

As my co-blogger Jonathan suggested, this is too good to hold until Friday night. From The Meerkat Media Collecative via the Sixth Annual Media That Matters Film Festival comes: How Wal Mart Came To Haslett. Haslett is 45 miles southwest of Michael Moore’s Flint. Jeff Hess: Have Coffee Will Write.


Wednesday, September 20th, 2006

Counties with a Wal-Mart store experience slower growth in their standard of living than those without the world’s largest retailer. That’s the lede on an Associated Press story out this morning on The Effect of Wal-Mart on the Economic Growth of Nebraska Counties. The study arises from a master’s thesis written by Gibson Nene that […]


Monday, September 18th, 2006

I don’t really remember riding around in baskarts, but I know I did it. And I didn’t die. But then the stores weren’t 200,000 square-feet plus. Are our children so incapable of entertaining themselves that they need videos in their baskarts? Will The Wiggles, Barney and Bob The Builder make the shopping experience fun? From […]


Wednesday, September 13th, 2006

Just what do you call this beast? A superduper Wal Mart? A mega Wal Mart supercenter? A behemoth Wal Mart? The words just don’t capture the size of a single store with 203,000 square feet or 4.7 acres. I grew up outside of Marietta, Ohio, on land barely larger. From The Southern Illinoisian: In eight […]


Friday, September 1st, 2006

Youngstown, Ohio is the poster child for industrial death in Ohio and the heart of convicted felon and former Democratic Congressional representative Jim Traficant’s district. It’s not an inviting part of the state right now. But the Bentonvile Behemoth sees opportunity there. And The Walrus is concerned. In Liberty Township, there’s something strange coming to […]