Wal-Mart files for store in The Dalles

Wal-Mart files for store in The Dalles

There are 39 comments on the The Dalles Chronicle story from Oct 20, 2008, titled Wal-Mart files for store in The Dalles. In it, The Dalles Chronicle reports that:

A 149,174-square-foot super center planned off west freeway exit By RODGER NICHOLS of The Chronicle Wal-Mart filed an application Friday with The Dalles planning office for a 149,000 square foot Wal-Mart ...

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L-Murray

The Dalles, OR

#1 Nov 7, 2008
Certainly hope Wal-Mart makes it through the red tape, this area needs a super Store!
Judy Monroe

Odell, OR

#2 Jan 3, 2009
The Dalles does not need a Super Wal-Mart to compete with its already existing businesses. Albertson could not survive and had to close because of competition from Fred Meyer & Safeway. Competition from Wal-Mart will affect the existing supermarkets, pharmacies (Rite Aid & Walgreens), and other businesses (Sears, Kmart, BiMart). Sure, this would bring in jobs, but it will all balance out as many others lose theirs and other businesses see a decline in profit and sales. There is nothing to gain. Has The Dalles not learned from the aluminum plant and putting all their eggs in one basket? The Dalles needs to bring something in that won't compete with local businesses. I saw one report that said that Hood River was not affected by WalMart. Well....the WalMart there is not a super WalMart because Hood River was smart to keep them out. There is no direct competition with the high end downtown boutiques. Think, people, think! Why do other communities protest a super WalMart?
better then you

Cascade Locks, OR

#3 Feb 4, 2009
judy judy judy you are dim witted read the market statistics check the us censuses and and check publi tax records

and you will see that the hood river walmart makes as much money as it would if it were a super center

and if the put the walmart supercenter in the dalles

the market topography of shopper that to hood river from the dalles will instead go to the dalles providnt to bennifts one walmart in the dalles will pay higher taxes coprates taxes that money will be used by the dalles goverment to fund serval thing in your city that are crappy norcor for example the community colllege and the public school for that matter the police force the list goes on

number two there will be less sales in hood river cause hood river city to have competitive advantage over walmart
no one

The Dalles, OR

#4 Feb 14, 2009
My comment is learn to spell..........
better then you wrote:
judy judy judy you are dim witted read the market statistics check the us censuses and and check publi tax records
and you will see that the hood river walmart makes as much money as it would if it were a super center
and if the put the walmart supercenter in the dalles
the market topography of shopper that to hood river from the dalles will instead go to the dalles providnt to bennifts one walmart in the dalles will pay higher taxes coprates taxes that money will be used by the dalles goverment to fund serval thing in your city that are crappy norcor for example the community colllege and the public school for that matter the police force the list goes on
number two there will be less sales in hood river cause hood river city to have competitive advantage over walmart
no one

The Dalles, OR

#5 Feb 14, 2009
You know what else we need? We need a Craker Barrel resturant. That palce is awesome!!!!!
L-Murray wrote:
Certainly hope Wal-Mart makes it through the red tape, this area needs a super Store!
Mom of 4

Roseburg, OR

#6 Feb 15, 2009
All I have to say is this area is already depressed financially speaking. Building a superstore here will benefit countless members of the community. Per Capita our local demographic is clearly lower-middle income. If local business are so much about "community" then they can just reduce their prices to make their items affordable for the largest portion of the community. If they don't want to do that then I seriously hope wal-mart does end up closing them down. I'm not trying to come across as rude but the ONLY thing I care about at the moment is making it from pay check to paycheck to support my family and give them a life full of laughter and security, wal-mart makes that possible for so many families like mine, local businesses DO NOT!
Mom of 4

Roseburg, OR

#7 Feb 15, 2009
Thought I would add I do in fact live in The Dalles not sure why it's showing Medford as my location....
Mom of 4

Roseburg, OR

#8 Feb 15, 2009
Also, Albertson's was in fact making a profit, their corporate office chose to close that location because in comparison to other stores their profit margin wasn't high enough in comparison to stores in larger populus areas (which is the companies error & choice) and quite frankly that store was NASTY. I chose not to shop there because it was filthy and over the last year the quality of their produce and meat went into the crapper.
Frustrated in Hood River

Roseburg, OR

#9 Feb 18, 2009
My wife & I have lived in the in the Hood River (HR)area for the past 20 years. We can remember when Bi-Mart came to The Dalles....we were thrilled!!!

We experienced a similar feeling when we heard
about a Super Wal-Mart coming to Hood River several years ago. That warm-fuzzy feeling was replaced by frustration when the local tide turned against Wal-Mart.

Please try to understand, at times I really hate the HR Wal-Mart (too small and cramped) BUT, in HR it's the only dance in town for buying everyday items. We see ads in the HR newspaper to "shop locally".....OK, I'll try that. With very few exceptions there are relatively few stores that carry what we regularly shop for.

In my work life I've had an opportunity to visit nearly every community in Oregon and Washington. What we have in the Gorge is very unique and special. We also are "special" in that we are pathetically lacking opportunities for shopping and the resulting economic benefits.

I sense an "elitist" flavor lurking about the Gorge that would deny ANY growth. Please be careful what you wish for, you may just get it.

From a Forester's perspective......
Zero growth = no life = DEAD

Growth can and must be managed, but we must never the less grow or perish.
hello

Hood River, OR

#10 Feb 23, 2009
the hr walmart is rarely fully staffed and makes me wonder if "they" can appropriately staff a supercenter AND the hr walmart simultaneously. my thoughts, nope.
go walmart

The Dalles, OR

#11 Feb 24, 2009
This town needs a walmart in the worst way. There is no good reason to block WalMart from building here. All it will do is improve this town. If the "city planners" of the past and present are so concerned about this city, then it shouldn't be in the shape that it is now. The prices in the two large grocery stores are so ridiculous that I get angry every time I shop there. Grocery Outlet is the only saving grace in this town. If the elitist are successful in blocking this store it will be a shame and The Dalles will continue to spiral downward.
Mark Ulrich The Dalles

Sunnyside, WA

#12 Mar 11, 2009
Judy Monroe wrote:
The Dalles does not need a Super Wal-Mart to compete with its already existing businesses. Albertson could not survive and had to close because of competition from Fred Meyer & Safeway. Competition from Wal-Mart will affect the existing supermarkets, pharmacies (Rite Aid & Walgreens), and other businesses (Sears, Kmart, BiMart). Sure, this would bring in jobs, but it will all balance out as many others lose theirs and other businesses see a decline in profit and sales. There is nothing to gain. Has The Dalles not learned from the aluminum plant and putting all their eggs in one basket? The Dalles needs to bring something in that won't compete with local businesses. I saw one report that said that Hood River was not affected by WalMart. Well....the WalMart there is not a super WalMart because Hood River was smart to keep them out. There is no direct competition with the high end downtown boutiques. Think, people, think! Why do other communities protest a super WalMart?
Albertsons did not close because of the competion, Valumart their new owner decided it was not a profitable store because of the age. Valuemart closed all Albertsons Stores in Oklahoma last year. Walmart will be great addition to my town.
davis

Ashland, OR

#13 Apr 17, 2009
This town is a backwater unable and umwilling we deserve walmart as walmart deserves us
ariverwalker

United States

#14 May 16, 2009
Hood River blocked the super walmart so it will be The Dalles' gain to get it. Fred Meyer and Safeway both overcharge. Walmart will set that right. I live in Lyle, and the only reason we shop in HOod River is because of WalMart. If they put in a WalMart, we will go back to shopping in The Dalles as we used to do. I wish WalMart was already in and open.
ANNONYMOUS

Central Point, OR

#15 Dec 1, 2009
I cant wait until walmart comes to town, I love safeway, the workers are great so I will continue to do my grocery shopping there, however i hate fred meyers, they are the most over priced store and have the worst customer service ever, If i got to have bad customer service i would rather have the low prices that go with walmart!!
walmartwatch com

The Dalles, OR

#16 Dec 16, 2009
Have you ever asked yourself WHY Wal-Mart prices are less? Have you researched their reputation and practices?
Mom of 4 wrote:
All I have to say is this area is already depressed financially speaking. Building a superstore here will benefit countless members of the community. Per Capita our local demographic is clearly lower-middle income. If local business are so much about "community" then they can just reduce their prices to make their items affordable for the largest portion of the community. If they don't want to do that then I seriously hope wal-mart does end up closing them down. I'm not trying to come across as rude but the ONLY thing I care about at the moment is making it from pay check to paycheck to support my family and give them a life full of laughter and security, wal-mart makes that possible for so many families like mine, local businesses DO NOT!
Anxious

Tygh Valley, OR

#17 Jan 16, 2010
I am really looking forward to Walmart coming to The Dalles. As it is I would have to drive 45 min to an hour just to shop the Hood River store. I hope they have enought clerks because in The Dalles, Home Depot is totally overstaffed...There are either not enough employees or too many in the local stores.There are more employees than items at Home Depot and only have of them know where anything is.
So good luck with the new Super Walmart..
fahn

Corvallis, OR

#18 Jan 21, 2010
no one wrote:
You know what else we need? We need a Craker Barrel resturant. That palce is awesome!!!!!<quoted text>
and i think you should learn to spell as well.
dwight

Hood River, OR

#19 Feb 18, 2010
This town was desighned for a horse and carage. It's pretty small place most our buisness comes from ouside town. People who live in washington so they don't have to pay sales tax or live here because of property taxes. So our town is filled with more people who don't live here and you wanna add more traffic. How does it feel to be ruled by the ruling class. Don't you love being poor while making others rich. Have a back bone, your a lazy tool made in china for 30 cents. No wonder THEY TOOK YER JOB! Besides you didn't want to work anyway. Go spend your old ladies welfare check.

The summer olympics were expensive on china.
crying babies

Hood River, OR

#20 Feb 18, 2010
I agree with Judy. The un educated love to lash out on facts and absalutes. They need walmart like they hate capatalism. Yon know why white people wine and cry about social services for mexicans? They don't like it. What will their kids live off? A walmart trust fund (perchased by the phone cards)
or The Walmart collage fund(also by the phone cards) or the walmart overthrow america card(powered by toyata) My point is Walmart and the people who shop there are unAmerican. They wine about the ruling class. While they empower them to rule. Maybe obama will save us from ourseleves. Like credit card interest and close down walmart for our own good. We'd still line up outside cuase were little babies who mock those who died for our freedoms. AND IT'S ALWAYS JUST ABOUT US. I wonder what min. wage is in china, or healthcare. Keep thinking about you america. The rest of the world knows our obsessions with ourselves.

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