Super Wal-mart still in progress

The Wal-Mart Supercenter proposed for Oroville is still moving through environmental studies, with traffic impacts now being assessed. Full Story
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South County

United States

#1 Feb 7, 2009
Just what Oroville needs...a bigger Wal-Mart. I already own enough imported crap, I don't want any more.
batman

Paradise, CA

#2 Feb 7, 2009
South County wrote:
Just what Oroville needs...a bigger Wal-Mart. I already own enough imported crap, I don't want any more.
Yeah I see where youre going. Why cant we just get a Target Supercenter instead. Walmart is pretty much the reason why other companies stay away from Oroville, so I pretty much like to see Walmart go
Paradise Mom

Chico, CA

#3 Feb 7, 2009
Unbelievable. Is Butte County going to let Wal-Mart suck up the entire retail market?

This is disgusting and wrong.

Somebody needs to do something or we are going to lose hundreds of jobs in Paradise, Oroville and Chico when all the small businesses close.

Is this why we live here? Do we really want to be a Wal-Mart poster child?

Good grief.
batman

Paradise, CA

#4 Feb 7, 2009
Wal-Mart Supercenter, you're not welcomed in Butte County!!!!!

“Don't take life too serious”

Since: Aug 08

Oroville Ca

#5 Feb 7, 2009
Go away Wal-mart. Your cheap crap falls apart and you treat your employees like crap. Leave all together. Bring in some good stores. Bye bye Wally World. Where's the petition to stop the super giant from sucking away everything that is left?
Peter

Sacramento, CA

#6 Feb 7, 2009
My aunt and uncle sold their store in Downtown Oroville a few years after the original Walmart came to town. Downtown business has gone downhill. I've been told that there was once a JC Penny's downtown. I guess the Oroville city council wont be happy until the entire downtown is nothing but boarded up buildings.
Wal Fart

Chico, CA

#7 Feb 7, 2009
What a bunch of freaking grumpy, whining jerks. You don't like Wal-Mart? Then don't shop there, pinheads.
South County

United States

#8 Feb 8, 2009
Wal Fart wrote:
What a bunch of freaking grumpy, whining jerks. You don't like Wal-Mart? Then don't shop there, pinheads.
I don't. Now, if I could just keep my wife out of there LOL.

Didn't Chico successfully repel a super Mao-Mart there?
basic

Chico, CA

#9 Feb 8, 2009
I do not like walmart in any shape or form. I however do shop for some (a few small items) items when I can not get them any other place in town. I buy as much as possible at small stores unless the people at that smaller store happens to be rude. I watch the sale adds and pick up 2 or 3 of an item and keep stocked up.
It is my understanding the wal mart near beal air force base has very low prices and is uncutting the px. Now isnt that sad. somehow I doubt Sam himself would care for that.
Notice up on the forum to your right is "business downtown oroville" so far they have eight ideas of new businesses.
I think the traffic will be a mess on feather river blvd. with this new store going in. I find it awful that just about everything is made in china in that store.
history nut

Sacramento, CA

#10 Feb 8, 2009
You people think Oroville started failing because of WalMart are dead wrong. I've lived in this town for 65 years and Wal Mart had nothing to do with anything. You can call them what ever you want but blaming them for downtown is not the truth. I went to a store downtown just looking around and could not believe the prices !! and the quality wasn't that great. This town can never get back what it had but Wal Mart had nothing to do with it. I can hardly wait for the super store and guess what ...they will employ more people. Great Job Wal Mart
HOORAY

Chico, CA

#11 Feb 8, 2009
HOORAY FOR WAL-MART!
South County

United States

#12 Feb 9, 2009
history nut wrote:
You people think Oroville started failing because of WalMart are dead wrong. I've lived in this town for 65 years and Wal Mart had nothing to do with anything...
Then surely you remember K-mart and Woolworth's, both of which went out of business almost immediately after Wal-Mart opened. Wal-Mart had shoppers in those stores recording prices and then deliberately undercut them - even at a loss - to force them out.

The same thing happened to smaller businesses all over town. This was when Wal-Mart was running their "Made in America" campaign, with little flags in all of the aisles highlighting the "Made in USA" items. What a joke that is now.

Wal-Mart has contributed to the current state of the economy by forcing manufacturers to move their operations offshore to meet Wally's aggressive purchasing policies. US factories close, jobs are lost and the cycle continues.

Wal-Mart is bad for Oroville, and Wal-Mart is bad for the country. They have almost reached the point where nobody can afford to buy even the cheap crap they sell. They are now expanding into China so they can exploit the new working class there.

At some point, they will go down, and they will go down hard and fast. When that day comes, I'm going to throw a party. ;)

“An Erudite Hillbilly”

Since: Mar 08

Lake Oroville, CA

#13 Feb 9, 2009
I used to shop at a Super Wal-Mart in the Mid-South. I loved one-stop shopping. Not to mention, we only currently get to choose between overpriced Raleys, or the low-quality option.

Not to mention, think of the reduced impact on the environment. The welfare people will only have to take a taxi to and from Wal-Mart, instead of Wal-Mart and a grocery store.

How come nobody is whining about the cheap Chinese crap coming in from the Dollar Store and Big Lots? Oh that's right, they don't represent Middle America.
another oroville parent

United States

#14 Feb 9, 2009
First off walmart no longer represents what it set out to, Tim. Secondly people dont seem to understand that initially it appears that walmart provides more jobs, but with in a few short years there are actually fewer jobs due to the fact that small business that often pay more and offer some benifits have to close there doors. Walmart is famous for not promoting women and minorities. keeping hours just below full time so they dont pay benifits and is also the # one importer from China. When people shop at $tree or big lots they know what they are getting, its no big secret these are close out stores, but they dont suck the life out of other near by business. The impact report done on the super wally was scary! The number of small business that were expected to close due it is shameful, yet we are getting it anyway. The only good thing that might come from this is that maybe food maxx will be forced to lower its prices. Food is cheaper at the chico food maxx! Also people need to realize that when other companies see that walmart is the #1` retailer in town they dont want to open stores here. Most locals I speak to about this agree Oroville was a much better place to shop before walmart. HOpefully we will get a decent store in the current walmart building and not another huge vacancy.
Also a parent

Sacramento, CA

#15 Feb 9, 2009
Yes HOORAY for Wal Mart. You people need to pool your money touether and open what ever kind of store you want. Stopp this stupid garbble and get on with your lives. Hey, I remember the old Woolsworth and K-Mart. They were good ( talking about Kmart) until they got their last Manager And single handedly ran people away with how dirty it became. This was not Wal Marts doings. As for downtown, those store owners did it to them selves. Their prices were very high and customer service very poor. As a kid I loved to go to town. we had lots to chose from but as all small towns...things change. And THANK WALMART FOR FILLING IN THE GAP.
another oroville parent

United States

#16 Feb 9, 2009
Sorry but we owned our own business for several years, we bent over backwards to provide good customer service. We supported the Eagles and Rhinos, Soccer, baseball, school bands and many other local clubs. We tried to keep the prices very competive while still trying to make a little profit. But all we heard was ''I can get this cheaper at walmart". Walmart doesnt go thru distributors, they name their own prices and under cut all other stores in town. Why would any one want this in their community.... Support other stores and support your town.
Also a parent wrote:
Yes HOORAY for Wal Mart. You people need to pool your money touether and open what ever kind of store you want. Stopp this stupid garbble and get on with your lives. Hey, I remember the old Woolsworth and K-Mart. They were good ( talking about Kmart) until they got their last Manager And single handedly ran people away with how dirty it became. This was not Wal Marts doings. As for downtown, those store owners did it to them selves. Their prices were very high and customer service very poor. As a kid I loved to go to town. we had lots to chose from but as all small towns...things change. And THANK WALMART FOR FILLING IN THE GAP.
Its me

United States

#17 Feb 10, 2009
Who cares about all the small businesses in down town Oroville. They are all way over priced and have very little selection. It's a joke. We need the super Wal Mart and Im glad it's coming, so get over it. Woot Woot Horay for the Super Wal Mart....
gary

Ukiah, CA

#18 Feb 10, 2009
You folks can whine and moan all you want, but two things are going to happen......One, Walmart will prevail, and two, most of you will be there shopping with the rest of the customers. I know, "Oh, no, not me!", but yes, it will be you!

“I'm Not Grumpy, I'm in Pain.”

Since: Feb 09

Butte County

#19 Feb 10, 2009
Tim Pro wrote:
How come nobody is whining about the cheap Chinese crap coming in from the Dollar Store and Big Lots? Oh that's right, they don't represent Middle America.
Hey Tim, I know that imported stuff is everywhere these days. Companies have quietly shifted their production and hoped nobody would notice. It worked.

It seems that many today only care about themselves and their immediate convenience instead of considering the big picture. Wal-Mart is the largest and most aggressive corporation actively working to dismantle our country. I can not and will not ignore that fact.

Sure, the Super Mao Mart will provide some jobs and undoubtedly cheaper groceries, but what will it cost us in the long run? Will the other grocery retailers decide it's just not worth it to compete?

Even if it ends up being the only grocery store in town (which is quite possible), I won't shop there.

Hooray for Wal-Mart? Never. In a different time, their actions would never have been tolerated by the citizens of this country. Today, nobody cares, and Wally is banking on that.
another oroville parent

United States

#20 Feb 10, 2009
excellent intelligent post!!!! thank you thank you thank you!
South County wrote:
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Hey Tim, I know that imported stuff is everywhere these days. Companies have quietly shifted their production and hoped nobody would notice. It worked.
It seems that many today only care about themselves and their immediate convenience instead of considering the big picture. Wal-Mart is the largest and most aggressive corporation actively working to dismantle our country. I can not and will not ignore that fact.
Sure, the Super Mao Mart will provide some jobs and undoubtedly cheaper groceries, but what will it cost us in the long run? Will the other grocery retailers decide it's just not worth it to compete?
Even if it ends up being the only grocery store in town (which is quite possible), I won't shop there.
Hooray for Wal-Mart? Never. In a different time, their actions would never have been tolerated by the citizens of this country. Today, nobody cares, and Wally is banking on that.

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