Merchants preparing for Wal-Mart

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Regular Guy

Cowden, IL

#1 Oct 23, 2006
"Merchants Preparing For Wal-Mart" What a puff piece! You didn't interview any business owners who will be directly impacted by Wal-Mart opening in Shelbyville. Your article only mentioned in passing about how the local taxpayer is subsidizing W-M with free water and sewer upgrades and $500k in sales tax rebates.

Say good-bye County Market, good-bye Alco, good-bye Dollar General & Family Dollar, etc...

Downtown Shelbyville consists of many nick-nacks, 1 jewelry, 2 gun & coin, and many taverns. At least the unemployed and under-employed will have a place to drink away their time.

Local business is dying. The new Wal-Mart will kill whats left.
Regular Guy

Charleston, IL

#2 Jan 17, 2007
Good riddance! Every one wants the best deal until it affects them personally. Don’t bitch unless you buy all your clothes from downtown stores, hire union plumbers carpenters, electricians. If you don’t, put all your money where your mouth is. Stand up, don’t step foot in Wal-mart, Menards, Lowes or any other discount chain. Spend excessively and keep the less competitive ma and pa stores in business while purchasing inferior goods and products. If you have a GOOD store or restaurant, Wal-mart will have NO effect. One example of being able to compete is Wade’s meat market, not the cheapest game in town. They sell high quality and seem to do well and Wal-mart will have no effect on that. I get tired of all the crying and bellyaching about Wal-mart. If you are in a business you need to compete or move out of the way.“Big box” stores provide many jobs with good benefits and much needed TAX revenue for Shelbyville and the county. My only complaint to Wal-mart is not having a tire and lube center in the Shelbyville store
Regular Guy

Charleston, IL

#3 Jan 17, 2007
Regular Guy wrote:
"Merchants Preparing For Wal-Mart" What a puff piece! You didn't interview any business owners who will be directly impacted by Wal-Mart opening in Shelbyville. Your article only mentioned in passing about how the local taxpayer is subsidizing W-M with free water and sewer upgrades and $500k in sales tax rebates.
Say good-bye County Market, good-bye Alco, good-bye Dollar General & Family Dollar, etc...
Downtown Shelbyville consists of many nick-nacks, 1 jewelry, 2 gun & coin, and many taverns. At least the unemployed and under-employed will have a place to drink away their time.
Local business is dying. The new Wal-Mart will kill whats left.
Good riddance! Every one wants the best deal until it affects them personally. Don’t bitch unless you buy all your clothes from downtown stores, hire union plumbers carpenters, electricians. If you don’t, put all your money where your mouth is. Stand up, don’t step foot in Wal-mart, Menards, Lowes or any other discount chain. Spend excessively and keep the less competitive ma and pa stores in business while purchasing inferior goods and products. If you have a GOOD store or restaurant, Wal-mart will have NO effect. One example of being able to compete is Wade’s meat market, not the cheapest game in town. They sell high quality and seem to do well and Wal-mart will have no effect on that. I get tired of all the crying and bellyaching about Wal-mart. If you are in a business you need to compete or move out of the way.“Big box” stores provide many jobs with good benefits and much needed TAX revenue for Shelbyville and the county. My only complaint to Wal-mart is not having a tire and lube center in the Shelbyville store.
Regular Guy
Shelbyville
Regular Guy

Cowden, IL

#4 Jan 20, 2007
Hey Regular Guy imposter from Oconee, are you too stupid to think up your own internet name? Must be, because I get tired of dimwits like you who feel obligated to defend the billionare Walton clan.

Anybody who thinks working at W-M is good money, has long ago dropped out of the middle class into the underclass. Its like the old story about how you boil a frog. If you throw him in a boiling pot of water, he'll hop right out. But if you put old froggy in a cool pot of water and gradually turn up the heat, he won't notice what's going on until its too late.

All the good paying factory, union type jobs are slowly going away. Say good-bye to $80k a year, say hello to part-time $15k a year at W-M. I'm glad you like your meat from Wades', because tomorrow all you'll be able to afford is frog soup. Enjoy your frog soup, Sucker!

The One & Only - Accept No Substitutes - Regular Guy
mom

Kansas City, MO

#5 Jan 29, 2007
i grew up in shelbyville and it does need some changes. the real true businesses that care about the customers will not lose there customers. because they enjoy the one on one service. all walmart would do is bring in more stores. MORE JOBS!!!!!!!!!!
Wal Mart Associate

Mattoon, IL

#6 Mar 26, 2007
well i work at walmart and i an kinda stuck in the middle. at first i didnt want it to come to town because i was worried about the other businesses in town. Since i have started working there i have heard a lot of comments about it and a lot of people have changed their minds about it and now support wal mart. im not sure if its because of the convenience of it or if they have noticed that the other businesses are still doing ok. wal mart is a great place to work no matter what anyone else thinks. their policies are reasonable and the people there are friendly...most of the time. haha. im glad that wal mart came to town, because it helps families when they need it. for instance, JOBS and low prices. go walmart!
RWW

New York, NY

#7 Nov 2, 2007
Did you always shop downtown Shelbyville or did you drive to the Wal-Mart Supercenter in Mattoon or Effingham before? Shelbyville has been dying for years...the only thing that keeps it going is the lake and influx of summer tourists.
WHODWHO

Jerseyville, IL

#8 Nov 24, 2007
OH Squeeze me,
I give the people who work at Wal-Mart a thumbs up. At least they are not sitting on their asses collecting federal aid and link. And if any of them are they are at least doing it the right way. Because lets face it you can get disability for having migraines now. Not to mention they are not illegally in our country taking advantage. The shop around the corner does not check to see if the person they are hiring is a legal citizen, whereas W-M does. I place the blame of work place benefits and salaries on the leaders of this country. If our citizens were to get the jobs before the outsiders we would all be in a better state of living.
Regular Guy wrote:
Hey Regular Guy imposter from Oconee, are you too stupid to think up your own internet name? Must be, because I get tired of dimwits like you who feel obligated to defend the billionare Walton clan.
Anybody who thinks working at W-M is good money, has long ago dropped out of the middle class into the underclass. Its like the old story about how you boil a frog. If you throw him in a boiling pot of water, he'll hop right out. But if you put old froggy in a cool pot of water and gradually turn up the heat, he won't notice what's going on until its too late.
All the good paying factory, union type jobs are slowly going away. Say good-bye to $80k a year, say hello to part-time $15k a year at W-M. I'm glad you like your meat from Wades', because tomorrow all you'll be able to afford is frog soup. Enjoy your frog soup, Sucker!
The One & Only - Accept No Substitutes - Regular Guy
Regular Guy

Mattoon, IL

#9 Dec 10, 2007
WhoDwho gives W-M employees a "thumbs up", what does that mean? Instead of execution in the Roman arena, instead they're sentenced to work at W-M. Wal-Mart X 1 year: Fewer new jobs - Did you hear? They've shortened their hours cuz too little business and too much late night shoplifting and retail theft by W-M Associates and Meth addicts. The only growth industry in Shelby County is Meth. It pays better than W-M, but its hard on your teeth. We've lost Big Sweeties and The Gathering Place two businesses so far this year. Forgive me WhoDwho, but were you born yesterday or what? You blame our leaders for our sad current labor woes. Who do you think they listen to, you or the Billionare Walton Gang, who pays millions in lobbying (bribes) to do whatever they want. It must be all the lead in all the Chinese-made W-M junk that dulls your faculties.
Regular Guy

Mattoon, IL

#10 Dec 24, 2007
Hey Boys & Girls! Another one bites the dust. Ridings Jeep/Chrysler just closed their doors in Shelbyville. I guess all those highly coveted, low-paying Wal-Mart jobs don't pay enough to buy a new car. The city council said W-M was going to generate more sales tax. True, briefly, until in time we start losing other big retailers like a car dealership. Ouch!

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