Archive for the 'Western U.S.' Category


Tuesday, May 10th, 2016

I attended Colorado State University back in 1975 and I have fond memories of the brilliant night skies once you got away from the light pollution of Fort Collins. Seeing those stars gets more difficult with each coming year and, some residents of Pagosa Springs believes, each coming Walmart. A Walmart parking lot is a […]


Monday, March 16th, 2009

Walmart has long marketed to Spanish-speaking consumers in the United States, but now it is going far beyond secondary signage and cultural/regional foods. Walmart announced Friday its intent to dedicate whole stores in Arizona and Texas to the market niche. From The Financial Times: Wal-Mart plans to open its first Hispanic-focused supermarkets this summer in […]

Port Policies

Sunday, February 24th, 2008

I mentioned awhile ago about the interest Walmart has in changing the way the ports on the west coast operate. Part of their plan is to improve the ports in Mexico and then use local truckers to move the freight to the US. Here’s another aspect of the story from the blog Open Left. Labor/Environmentalist […]


Saturday, July 14th, 2007

Is it just me or does Wal-Mart seem to doing a bit of legal triage these days? It seems that the Bentonvile Behemoth is picking its legal battles more carefully. I think this is a good sign for people who think Wal-Mart can change. From The Arizona Star: Wal-Mart announced Friday that it will not […]

Pyrrhic victory.

Wednesday, July 11th, 2007

My apologies for not having been more on top of this story out of San Diego as it developed: In a surprise victory for Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the City Council on Tuesday failed to override the mayor’s veto of a ban on some big-box stores in the nation’s eighth-largest city. Councilwoman Donna Frye reversed sides […]


Thursday, January 25th, 2007

Jonathan and I were pounding the keys at the same time on the announcement of Wal-Mart’s nearly $34,000,000 settlement agreement with the U.S. Department of Labor. I hit publish at 1426.07 and Jonathan tapped in at 1429.02. As always, there’s plenty of story to go around. Like this little sideshow out in California. The California […]

Xmas Sales vs. Public Safety. Which do you think Wal-Mart chose?

Thursday, December 28th, 2006

From the Sioux Falls (SD) Argus-Leader: Last Saturday afternoon, Eva Voorhees heard the clatter of feet on the roof of the Wal-Mart Supercenter in Mitchell where she works in the photo department – but it wasn’t the pitter-patter of reindeer. It was the police looking for a bomb. Up front, police officers, the SWAT team […]

Dynamists for Sprawl

Monday, December 11th, 2006

If you take one argument from a very long list of complaints and blow it up to mythic proportions, does that make it a red herring? A pink herring, perhaps? Here is Virginia Postrel of the Dynamist blog fame from a piece called “In Praise of Chain Stores” in the Atlantic of all place: Stores […]


Wednesday, November 29th, 2006

The fight by citizens of Pullman, Washington against the Walmarting of their community continues with a decision to carry the battle to the 3rd District Court of Appeals in Spokane. According to The Pullman Alliance for Responsible Development: The decision came after several weeks of deliberation and discussion. PARD legal liaison T.V. Reed stated that […]

Exactly the kind of argument you’d read in “Paid Critics”

Tuesday, November 28th, 2006

From Voice of San Diego: With upward of 2,000 community members anticipated at Tuesday’s City Council meeting, the gathering promises to be an unusually large civic exercise in chambers more accustomed to sparse crowds. And with elected leaders scheduled to decide whether to ban Wal-Mart Superstores and regulate most other types of big-box retailers in […]


Monday, September 18th, 2006

As I was reading about delays in the opening of a Wal Mart Super Center in San Jacinto, California, this leapt out at me: Additionally, Wal-Mart buys nearly $500 million of goods annually from more than 400 Inland-area vendors, indirectly fueling 16,000 additional jobs. Huh? What could they be making in San Jacinto that Wal […]


Tuesday, September 12th, 2006

The Wal Mart-in-my-community debate is repeated again and again in communities around the world every day. People on both sides of the argument are guilty of not hearing what the other side is saying and focus on themselves rather than the bigger picture. That isn’t helpful. Like this example from the letters section of the […]


Tuesday, July 11th, 2006

A local law requiring retailers with 95,000 square feet or more to pay up to 165 percent of the state’s minimum wage took another step forward and will now go out for petition signatures. According to Mike Prager, writing in the SpokesmanReview: An initiative to raise the minimum wage for workers at large retail stores […]


Sunday, July 2nd, 2006

The Peace and Justice Action League of Spokane wants Spokane, Washington’s, city council to pass a Big Box ordinance requiring certain companies to pay workers as much as 165 percent of the state’s minimum wage. The ordinance requires that: …all “big box” retailers in the City of Spokane whose business premises are 95,000 square feet […]


Tuesday, May 23rd, 2006

Wealthy people hire lawyers, and that may be the lesson for Wal Mart in the case of the affluent Hercules. Back on 6 May I wrote how the town’s city council wants use its power of eminent domain to stop the construction of a Wal Mart. I thought it was a bad idea then and […]