I can't begin to count the number of stories I've read about citizen groups failing to stop a Walmart being built in their community. Stopping a Walmart is like stopping a Tsunami. So much so that I have given groups that have contacted me about how they might be successful little to no hope for their fight. Reading about Walmart's decision to cancel a
development despoilment in Wheat Ridge (a suburb of Denver), Colorado, this morning, therefore, gave me a lift. Joe Vaccarelli, reporting in Walmart pulls out of Wheat Ridge development for The Denver Post, writes:
A planned development in Wheat Ridge will no longer include a Walmart grocer after the developer informed the city on Wednesday that the company was pulling out of the project. The Corners at Wheat Ridge Project at West 38th Avenue and Wadsworth Boulevard, a 15-acre site with a mix of housing, retail and a grocer, had an agreement with Walmart to anchor the development. The plan had drawn the ire of residents who did not support the planned Walmart Neighborhood Market. The developer, Quadrant Properties, told the city about Walmart’s decision on Wednesday. Quadrant partner Bob Turner said in a statement that his team is “committed to working on an alternative plan that we believe will complement the surrounding neighborhoods and fulfill the city’s mixed-use vision.” Walmart public affairs director Josh Phair did not immediately return calls for comment, but said in the statement that this was a business decision based on the company’s long-term strategic goals. He added: “However our commitment to our Wheat Ridge customers has not changed and we look forward to working with the city to identify other appropriate sites where we can provide our customers the convenient and affordable shopping experience our stores have to offer.”Sadly, I expect that Walmart pulled out not because of citizen protests, but rather because the deal the Bentonvile Behemoth wanted was not forthcoming. Jeff Hess: Have Coffee Will Write.