Wal-Mart has Lehigh Township in its sights

A 127,000-square-foot Wal-Mart might soon pop up just south of Walnutport , according to plans being considered by Lehigh Township officials. Full Story
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Slatington, PA

#1 Mar 15, 2008
Walmart go f*&( youselves. We are sick of you.
RobWho

Hellertown, PA

#2 Mar 15, 2008
Block this Wal-Mart. Wal-Mart is NOT good for the community. Go To Walmart Watch dot com and educate your self.
JOSEPH E HUERTA

AOL

#3 Mar 15, 2008
BIG MISTAKE FOR WHITEHALL TOWNSHIP. I SAW WHAT HAPPEN IN BISMARCK , N.D.- MA AND PA STORES AND OTHER SMALL BUSINESSES CLOSED DOWN AND DOWNTOWN BECAME AAN ALMOST GHOST TOWN.

I AM NOW IN LONGMONT, COLORADO AND THE DOWNTOWN MAINS STREET STORE FROTNS ARE EMPTY WITH NO NEW BUSINESSES IN SIGHT. THE CURRRENT MALL IS ABOUT 75 PERCENT IN OPERATION AND DETERIOTING. PENNY'S MOVED OUT, DECK THE WALLS MOVED OUT, SEARS IS CURRENTLY WILL MAKE THE DECISION TO MOVE BY THE END OF THE YEAR, RESTAURANTS ARE NOT DOWN TO ABOUT SIX - PREVIOUS HAD 12, CANDY SHOP ANNOUNCED IT WILL CLOSED THE END OF THIS MONTH ALONG WITH THE U.S. POST OFFICE.,HALLMARK CARDS CLOSED ITS DOORS FEB. 29TH.
CURRENTY WANTS TO BUILD ANOTHER PROMISING TO HAVE A SAMS CLUB. CITY COUNCIL HAS SNOT SEEN THEIR PLANS FOR THE BUILDING WITH A SAMS CLUB. WAL-MART DENIES THEY EVER WOULD HAVE A SAMS CLUB. IT IS NOW IN LIMBO. WE NOW HAVE A SUPER WAL-MART ON THE NORTH END OF TOWN AND THE SUPER WAL-MART NOW IN LIMBO WAS TO BE LOCATED ON THE SOUTH END OF TOWN. PLANS FOR TWIN PEAKS MALL RO BUILD AN OUT DOOR
ENTRANCES INTO STORES. LIKE WE NEED TO WALK OUT IN THE COLD WHEN TEMPERATURES DURING WINTER IS ALWAYS BELOW FREEZING UNTIL LATE APRIL AND EARLY MAY. NOW THEY (THE NEW OWNERS) WANT THE CITY TO HELP REBUILD TWIN PEAKS MALL AT TAXPAYERS EXPENSE. THE CITY COUNCIL OR BOARD MEMBERS SHOULD TAKE A HARD LOOK AT THEIR PROPOSALS. LIKE CASH SALES TAX INCREASES, EMPLOYEMENT (MINMUM WAGE AND WITH NO BENEFITS BECAUSE THEY WILL HIRE PERSONNEL PART TIME. I HAVE YET SEEN THE SALES TAX REVENUE PUBLISHED AS TO HOW MUCH WENT INTO THE CITY. THYE PROMISE BUT DO NOT DELIVER. SAY NOT TO WAL-MART.
Change not always bad

Germansville, PA

#4 Mar 15, 2008
If anyone has been to the area of the proposed Wal Mart in Walnutport, one would realize that it isn't such a bad location. Walnutport doesn't have a "downtown" just a few chain stores in an outdoor shopping plaza. Slatington's downtown is quickly becoming a ghost town already. I can think of 3 storefronts that are empty already. Other than 1 pizza shop, i can't think of any store worthwhile. And with the price of gas these days and no relief in site, it would be nice to not have to drive all the way to Target to get what I need.
Buying American

Raleigh, NC

#5 Mar 15, 2008
No, but the Kmart will probably close up, and there will be a nice big empty building sitting there. Not that Kmart is the greatest, but it's not like they need a Walmart in addition to the Kmart, especially if there is going to be one in Schnecksville. Wouldn't it be a little canibalistic on their part?
nra

Slatington, PA

#6 Mar 15, 2008
just what this area needs more low paying jobs with no bennies. more traffic, close all the stores in Slatington and Walnutport, then Palmerton stores are next.
One Who Knows

Nazareth, PA

#7 Mar 15, 2008
Folks--building a WalMart does not close down mom and pop stores. Shopping at one does. By keeping WalMart out, you are saying people should continue to pay higher prices at the mom and pop. Why should consumers subsidize inefficient mom and pop stores? If the cdemand was there, they would stay open but it is not. If you are willing to pay more for your items at the mom and pop, do it! But don't force me to as well. Free enterprise!
Ghost town

Philadelphia, PA

#8 Mar 15, 2008
Change not always bad wrote:
If anyone has been to the area of the proposed Wal Mart in Walnutport, one would realize that it isn't such a bad location. Walnutport doesn't have a "downtown" just a few chain stores in an outdoor shopping plaza. Slatington's downtown is quickly becoming a ghost town already. I can think of 3 storefronts that are empty already. Other than 1 pizza shop, i can't think of any store worthwhile. And with the price of gas these days and no relief in site, it would be nice to not have to drive all the way to Target to get what I need.
Yeah bring in Wal-Mart, You will kill all the other small stores around Walnuport, Slatington, and palmertown. Just a bad idea all the way around. I am suprise they are putting up a Dunkin Dounts or a drig store, something else we need more of. GO AWAY WAL-MART !
Squash KMart Strategy

Catasauqua, PA

#9 Mar 15, 2008
Buying American wrote:
No, but the Kmart will probably close up, and there will be a nice big empty building sitting there. Not that Kmart is the greatest, but it's not like they need a Walmart in addition to the Kmart, especially if there is going to be one in Schnecksville. Wouldn't it be a little canibalistic on their part?
Poor KMart will be squeezed out by Wal-Mart! That is their plan. I hate Wal-Mart and their bullying way they do business. Stay out of our towns and Lehigh Valley officials step up, get some %^$# and kick them out too! Our town is going to &%#$ with all this crap coming into the Valley. Enough is Enough People!
danielsville

Slatington, PA

#10 Mar 15, 2008
we need some stories in Lehigh Township,there is no place for school kids to start out and the gas prices are to high so we all need jobs. Go for it Lehigh Township
Educate Yourself

Slatington, PA

#11 Mar 15, 2008
Squash Kmart Stategy, I agree...The Kmart in Walnutport is one of the cleanest and nicest Kmarts in the area.
Wal Mart just sucks! It's a cess pool. They want to build so bad, build in center city Allentown!
Lehigh Twp. is known for being "in the sticks" and I'd like to keep it that way.
I like the fact that Walnutport only has a small shopping center, kind of gives it a small town feel.
We do not need a Wal Mart here!
I plan on following in the footsteps of the residents of North Whitehall and and doing what I can to block this development!
What happened to preserving the land in the outer lying townships??
I will be contacting the twp building immediatley to find out when the next twp meeting dealing with this proposal will be held.
This has to stop!
Pork Chop

Bethlehem, PA

#12 Mar 15, 2008
It would be a pleasure to shop at one that ain't filled with PR s talking Spanish I refuse to go in to the one in Whitehall because of that I cant stand them
07823Terrier

Pottstown, PA

#13 Mar 15, 2008
I am uncertain as to my stance on WalMart's internal politics, however I do not like to see the "little Man" squeezed out of main street USA. Some of the unique little stores in Walnutport and Slatington (Boyer's Hardware) will survive, they offer goods that you can not buy in standardized box stores.
I do wonder how putting down hundreds of thousands of square feet of impervious surface will affect the Lehigh River basin, and specifically how the adjacent state recognized area of environmental significance (Bertsch Creek Seep) will fare with the runoff.
Unfortunately on this one, the current diverse board of supervisors will have no choice but to vote yes, as this site is zoned for this use. This decision was made by a board years ago.
As we lose 4 square miles of open space in the Lehigh Valley each year, I hate to see yet another field fall under the steel blade, Lehigh Township, please preserve your uniqueness!
475Eagle

Pottstown, PA

#14 Mar 15, 2008
Educate Yourself wrote:
Squash Kmart Stategy, I agree...The Kmart in Walnutport is one of the cleanest and nicest Kmarts in the area.
Wal Mart just sucks! It's a cess pool. They want to build so bad, build in center city Allentown!
Lehigh Twp. is known for being "in the sticks" and I'd like to keep it that way.

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I like the fact that Walnutport only has a small shopping center, kind of gives it a small town feel.
We do not need a Wal Mart here!
I plan on following in the footsteps of the residents of North Whitehall and and doing what I can to block this development!
What happened to preserving the land in the outer lying townships??
I will be contacting the twp building immediatley to find out when the next twp meeting dealing with this proposal will be held.
This has to stop!
Many of us here in LT agree with you. Please come support this cause. Be prpeared for a vocal crowd of folks who may oppose you though. Please stay with this general issue, not only this particular development, as you can make a difference. Our rural countryside needs allies.

“Fight bigotry.”

Since: Feb 07

Toms River, NJ

#15 Mar 15, 2008
Fine, buy your cheap, fall-apart, made in China by what is essentially slave labor crap at WalMart. WalMart's sourcing practices have forced many US-based businesses to close doors because of the drive to the bottom line. This was not good for the country years ago, and it still isn't.
One Who Knows wrote:
Folks--building a WalMart does not close down mom and pop stores. Shopping at one does. By keeping WalMart out, you are saying people should continue to pay higher prices at the mom and pop. Why should consumers subsidize inefficient mom and pop stores? If the cdemand was there, they would stay open but it is not. If you are willing to pay more for your items at the mom and pop, do it! But don't force me to as well. Free enterprise!
BillsOlympicDine r

Pottstown, PA

#16 Mar 15, 2008
Pork Chop wrote:
It would be a pleasure to shop at one that ain't filled with PR s talking Spanish I refuse to go in to the one in Whitehall because of that I cant stand them
Where do you think the diversity will migrate to?
Over the mountain

Fogelsville, PA

#17 Mar 15, 2008
I don't think any of the Palmerton stores would close. Most of them have been there for a long time, and there are a number of people elderly people that don't have cars, to go shopping out of town. There is a Wal-Mart in Lehighton and that doesn't seem to have taken any business away from Palmerton.
walmart SUCKS

Schnecksville, PA

#18 Mar 15, 2008
Y DO WE NEED ANOTHER WALMART , SO CLOSE IS EVERY OTHER ONE. WALMART JUST BRING TROUBLE.
it dont matter

Walnutport, PA

#19 Mar 15, 2008
so there is a wal-mart in lehighton, and whitehall, about 15 mins appart, One coming in orefield, and walnutport which are 15 min appart,and all within the frist 15 min appart.
So that means we will have 4 wal-marts all within this Now 10- 15 min area.
Wow I THINK I'M WAL-MARTED OUT!!!!! and so will our area...
Maybe it's just me but sounds pretty dumb to me.
Fact Is

Allentown, PA

#20 Mar 15, 2008
Just what we need a Wal-Mart every 12 miles !

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