Wal-Mart won the Battle of Cleveland. We’re winning the war.

So we lost Cleveland. This is not good for Cleveland, but Al Norman, the king of the Wal-Mart fighters, puts it into perspective:
Citizen groups' successes grew at a 21% annual rate in 2004 and 2005. My records indicate that 46 Wal-Mart projects alone were defeated or withdrawn in 2006. Not only has Wal-Mart suddenly slammed the brakes for 2008, but the company told shareholders last June that it would open about 170 superstores per year for the next three years. As proof that citizen opposition has thrown Wal-Mart off its production game, the company also admitted that as many as 80 of its supercenters which were expected to have ribbon-cuttings in 2008, have been deferred into 2009. Roughly 30% of its planned stores are not coming in on time, and many of these may never, in fact, open. Hence, the narrowing of the production pipeline for 2008 and out years. But this week, Wal-Mart dropped production levels even further, tamping down U. S. store growth by 2010 to about half the new retail space it added in its fiscal year 2007.
When you think about it, that's an amazing success rate for ordinary people up against the biggest (or is it second-biggest now?) corporation in the world.

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