St. Peters Wal-Mart plans spark opposition

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A new Wal-Mart Supercenter is coming to St. Charles County, and that isn't sitting well with some residents. Read more
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Since: May 07

St. Peters, MO

#22 Jun 9, 2007
Let's face it, retail jobs have always been near the lower end of the wage scale, primarily because the employers can more easily replace the existing workforce. That's not to say there aren't some better paying specialized positions. But as long as there are students, senior citizens, layed off workers and those seeking second jobs ready to replace the existing workers, the only hope for increased wages is through the state and federal government. Personally, I think that the current minimum wage is too low. It's really not a lot more than I was making when I was a teenager(many years ago).

I just detest the angry vocal minority that singles out Walmart as the villain. My family has worked in the retail industry(and still does) for a long time. The pay and benefits are OK. Don't believe for a minute that the other retailers including Macy's, Dillards, Sears, Target etc are any better. I think the latest increases in the mimimum wage are a step in the right direction. But in the end, the marketplace and/or the government will determine what people get paid. I normally am not a big fan of the government getting involved in wage issues, but let's be realistic, the minimum wage has been stagnant for too long.

For the most part retailers like Walmart and Target have given the people what they want. Good products for a decent price. Their wages are typically fair given the conditions.

Let's just be real here... Labor such as sales clerks, cashiers and baggers will never have much chance to increase their pay unless they move on to a new profession. Develop your skills, go to school and hopefully the employers will treat you better.
ithasacarb

United States

#23 Jun 24, 2007
Mel wrote:
<quoted text>Welcome Wal-Mart!
I don't understand why so many people protest
Wal-Mart. They bring new jobs in the area and
make things affordable to All. Those that protest
Wal-Mart are usually the first in line when the
store is opened
You obviously never try to get anywhere in st. peters during the day. Go somewhere at 10 pm and it takes you 5 min, try that same place at 8 am to 7 pm and the same trip takes you 30 min. Walmart has crap insurance that you have to pay premiums on for a year until you can file a claim on and they hardly pay anything at all. Walmart is not good they are trying to take over the world. Three Walmarts in the same county does not mean better prices!!! It means more traffic and a monopoly. What happened to that store you always went to with your parents to go shopping??? Walmart moved into town and they had to close down. Now the owner works at Walmart and is barely making it. NO MORE WALMARTS IN ST CHARLES!!!!!!!!!!
JCH00

Saint Peters, MO

#24 Jul 26, 2007
I cannot wait for the St. Peters Supercenter to open. I am so excited! I just wish they would hurry up with the construction.

All of this opposition to Wal-Mart is crap. They are a great store with great prices. Who cares if you believe they don't pay well or have good health insurance? Don't Work There!!! If the "mom and pop stores" are so concerned with losing their businesses, then they need to have competitive prices. The only reason Unions protest them is because they are angry that they cannot get their hands on Wal-Mart's money. Unions would receive hundreds of millions of dollars a year if Wal-Mart joined and their employees paid union dues. Wal-Mart haters can complain all they want. Obviously, not many agree since Wal-Mart is one of the richest and most successful department stores.
kim

Foristell, MO

#25 Aug 3, 2007
The major problem with walmart super centers are more than just a traffic increase during the day but as well as at night. Then you have to worry about the trash generated that comes from a wallmart. Most importantly yes it brings down the prices from schnucks and dierbergs (Stl natives) but ruins the lives of all the mom an pop stores, smaller chains, and those hard working regular people trying to start their own business. After so long those more well known grocers are going to close unemploying several more than wallmart will employ. Even if you do end up working for walmart you receive min wage an are not capable of purchasing their crappy insurance. It has been a proven fact that those who use foreign supplier do keep their prices lower until they remove the competition. So how is wallmart good for an area? It is not Schnucks and Dierbergs at least has standards of quality for both products, service, and for their employees.
dIrte pOlitician

Jerseyville, IL

#26 Aug 13, 2007
WAL MART is anti american you know it.At least the folks working at Schnucks,Shop n Save etc. don't collect welfare like the Wal Mart welfare way.
Person

Saint Louis, MO

#27 Aug 14, 2007
Why are these people from out of state commenting on saint charles, mo?
Young hee

Saint Louis, MO

#28 Aug 14, 2007
I was trying to locate korean grocery stores in the area and it brought me to this web page. wtf?
dIrte pOlitician

Jerseyville, IL

#29 Aug 14, 2007
Person wrote:
Why are these people from out of state commenting on saint charles, mo?
Don't worry about it,it's free country. Go buy some toys from Wal Mart.
Mark

West Plains, MO

#30 Aug 20, 2007
Market saturation by any one company will be bad for all of us.
trueroxygirl13

Lagrange, GA

#31 Aug 20, 2007
No layaway? Not everyone can get a credit card so those people are just screwed!!! thanks walmart
newtostcharles

Collinsville, IL

#32 Jan 1, 2008
I recently relocated to the st charles area from northeast TN. I have to say that the lack of a "true supercenter" is very frustrating. Sure there are all kinds of "wannabe" supercenters out there but lets get real people. They are poorly designed(old stores), somewhat dangerous area's, dirty, cramped and on an on.

I wish they would build one right off 370 in the large development near where I currently live.

I will gladly bring my shovel and start the digging.

Bring on the big WALMARTS.....the other ones are honestly some of the worst examples of retail walmarts I have ever seen in my short 32 years on this earth.

Since: Sep 07

Black Mountain, NC

#33 Jan 2, 2008
You consider Zumbehl&70 and Jungerman&94 to be somewhat dangerous areas?

Whew...I guess if you grew up in the woods.
ModernDay Edison

Belleville, IL

#34 Jan 3, 2008
Mel wrote:
<quoted text>Welcome Wal-Mart!
I don't understand why so many people protest
Wal-Mart. They bring new jobs in the area and
make things affordable to All. Those that protest
Wal-Mart are usually the first in line when the
store is opened
You couldn't be more wrong.

And if you don't understand why so many
people are protesting Wal-Mart then maybe
you should do some homework on the subject.

Yes, they may bring lower prices.

But the only way they can afford to do that
is to undercut American suppliers on price.

Not just American retail competition, but
American suppliers, the industries that make
things, hire people, do things, here in America.

Sure your paycheck might buy more there,
but that money is leaving the country.

And once it's gone, it's gone.

There is no way of predicting when or if
that money will ever make it's way back
into the U.S. economy again.

Gow does the Government solve this?

They print more money.

Which reduces the value of the American Dollar.

Which means the cost of living is going to
keep rising but the wages won't keep pace.

Eventually the entire middle class will be
eliminated and there will only be poor homeless
people, and filthy rich people.

The economy will fail into a full
blown Depression.

It has already begun.

Since: Jan 08

United States

#35 Jan 5, 2008
so how many "Mom and Pop" local stores pay more than minimum wage? Does McDonalds or Hardees or Wendys or Burger King? Do any of these places give benefits?
Gidget Hates Wal Mart wrote:
<quoted text>
Yeah, they replace all those local owned businesses with part time minimum wage jobs and replace all the American made goods with Chinese products. They're really all American.
BOYCOTT WALMART!!!
Tammy st peters mo

Chesterfield, MO

#36 Feb 18, 2008
I think it would be great to have a supercenter walmart in the st charles county, As of right now there are none,It would be nice to do all my shopping in one trip.So i say start building it!!!!

Since: May 07

St. Peters, MO

#37 Feb 24, 2008
Wow... surprised this topic is still alive considering the project was dropped 6 months ago.

I'm still holding out hope for a SuperCenter in St. Peters in the future. My wife and I have found our regular Walmart's grocery sections to be a big money saver for our family.

Thanks Walmart.
Fourth Amendment

O Fallon, MO

#38 Feb 24, 2008
Oh, no fear Facts. Those tax loving animals at City Hall here in ST. Peters will find a way to get the Super Center built sooner or later. I'll support their efforts but for completely different reasons.

I'm still waiting for 'newinstcharles' to explain how the area of Zumbehl&70 and Jungerman&94 are "somewhat dangerous areas".

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