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Retailers object to a Walmart in Westerville | The Columbus Dispatch

There are 108 comments on the Columbus Dispatch story from Jul 2, 2010, titled Retailers object to a Walmart in Westerville | The Columbus Dispatch. In it, Columbus Dispatch reports that:

Some Westerville retailers have a message for those involved in Wal-Mart's effort to open a store in the Westerville Square Shopping Center: Not so fast.

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Enzyte Bob

Columbus, OH

#86 Jul 8, 2010
Walmart is a great success story. Sam Walton, country boy, JCPenney manager, Ben Franklin Store owner, pulled himself up by the bootstraps and created something awesome. Sam Walton's story is no less a success than Bill Gates, Warren Buffet or Steve Jobs. In fact, Sam's is an even better success story since he came from modest means whereas Gates and Buffett came from more connected backgrounds.

But people sure hate Sam for some reason. Mostly politics, with the unions, the greenies and the libs attacking his creation even though one could argue that the "in" capitalists are just as thuggish as those who don't make the hit parade.

But just think what would have happened if Sam had kept all the local nameplates. What if his stores had the names Woolco, Big K, Hecks, Howards
Brandiscount and whatever other stores he took over. The advantage I see is that Walmart wouldn't be as much of a target as it is because people wouldn't be able to associate the local names with the big-bad parent.
Rt 3 nightmare

Zanesville, OH

#87 Jul 8, 2010
I don't have anything against Wal-mart in Westerville even though I don't shop there because I won't pay for cheap crap that doesn't last. But I'm really really not looking forward to the increased traffic problems.
Randy

United States

#88 Jul 9, 2010
I live in Westerville and am opposed to Wal-Mart opening a store here. Look at the sh!thole the store just outside of Easton has become. It has trash all over the parking lot and the clientele, well an awful lot of them are pretty damn scary.

Wal-Mart stay out of Westerville!

Since: Oct 09

Location hidden

#89 Jul 9, 2010
Walmart is no different than any other store. One must shop for quality items. Not everything in Walmart is shoddy and their prices usually cut the competition.
westerville square tenant

Somerset, OH

#90 Jul 12, 2010
I understand why everyone is in an uproar.. but.. try to look at some positives to this addition to Westerville Square...As much as I dislike the Wal-Mart Corporation, I believe something is needed in Westerville Square. We have been begging Hadler to fix leaky roofs, cracked sidewalks..uneven pavement in the parking lots.. paint the building.. and now, because Wal-Mart will help pay for it, they will. Also, the general walk-in business will increase in my business. Keep in mind, this wal-mart is not a supercenter, it won't even have a grocery area. I know that It's hard to picture a "nice Wal-Mart".. especially when you have the one at Morse Road.. however, keep in mind, the planning commission has been working very hard trying to maintain Westerville's integrity with the design of this store. As far as trashy employees, I'd be willing to bet, most of the employees will be Otterbein College Students or High School kids because of how nice the area is.
If they REALLY want to put the money in to be there because they see opportunity.. they will win because they do have deep pockets.
Let's all just try to hear out the planning commission and Hadler and see EXACTLY what kind of animal we are dealing with.
too late

Portsmouth, OH

#91 Jul 12, 2010
I hope you can accept food stamps at your business too. I am sure your business will pick up, especially around the first of the month.
bring WM to Ville

Columbus, OH

#93 Jul 12, 2010
My checkbook can so handle the first of the month crowd. Anything to give Krogo and Giant Iggle some competition. How low can those prices go!!!??? Uh oh!! Pretty low!!! Ha ha lol bring WM to the Ville!!! My checkbook and cash card will love all the pampering!!! Keep your gas points and charity gauntlets. Give me low rollback prices!!!
Cell Phones ARE Trash

Zanesville, OH

#94 Jul 12, 2010
You don't have to "beg". If the roof leaks, the solution is to sue the responsible party and do it PROMPTLY. I do it all the time...works perfectly. Most, if not all, of these people who own these commercial properties are nothing but immoral bloodsuckers. They're the modern day equivalent of the 19th century factory owners and capitalists who worked people to death, that is if the workers didn't die first in an industrial accident. America: The Land of Slaves and their Capitalist Masters.
westerville square tenant wrote:
I understand why everyone is in an uproar.. but.. try to look at some positives to this addition to Westerville Square...As much as I dislike the Wal-Mart Corporation, I believe something is needed in Westerville Square. We have been begging Hadler to fix leaky roofs, cracked sidewalks..uneven pavement in the parking lots.. paint the building.. and now, because Wal-Mart will help pay for it, they will. Also, the general walk-in business will increase in my business. Keep in mind, this wal-mart is not a supercenter, it won't even have a grocery area. I know that It's hard to picture a "nice Wal-Mart".. especially when you have the one at Morse Road.. however, keep in mind, the planning commission has been working very hard trying to maintain Westerville's integrity with the design of this store. As far as trashy employees, I'd be willing to bet, most of the employees will be Otterbein College Students or High School kids because of how nice the area is.
If they REALLY want to put the money in to be there because they see opportunity.. they will win because they do have deep pockets.
Let's all just try to hear out the planning commission and Hadler and see EXACTLY what kind of animal we are dealing with.
Cell Phones ARE Trash

Zanesville, OH

#95 Jul 12, 2010
westerville square tenant wrote:
I understand why everyone is in an uproar.. but.. try to look at some positives to this addition to Westerville Square...As much as I dislike the Wal-Mart Corporation, I believe something is needed in Westerville Square. We have been begging Hadler to fix leaky roofs, cracked sidewalks..uneven pavement in the parking lots.. paint the building.. and now, because Wal-Mart will help pay for it, they will. Also, the general walk-in business will increase in my business. Keep in mind, this wal-mart is not a supercenter, it won't even have a grocery area. I know that It's hard to picture a "nice Wal-Mart".. especially when you have the one at Morse Road.. however, keep in mind, the planning commission has been working very hard trying to maintain Westerville's integrity with the design of this store. As far as trashy employees, I'd be willing to bet, most of the employees will be Otterbein College Students or High School kids because of how nice the area is.
If they REALLY want to put the money in to be there because they see opportunity.. they will win because they do have deep pockets.
Let's all just try to hear out the planning commission and Hadler and see EXACTLY what kind of animal we are dealing with.
Animal is right...you hit that right on the head. What a riot.
too late

Portsmouth, OH

#96 Jul 12, 2010
What is a checkbook? Typical WalMart shopper!!!
Go there

Portsmouth, OH

#97 Jul 12, 2010
Go to WalMart all you want. Bringing it to uptown Westerville is the worst idea ever if you care anything at all about the future of the town. If you like saving a little cash on chinese products and eating meat and produce grown by south american farmers then by all means do it. If you want to go to the ghetto then go, no reason to bring the ghetto to us.
New Westerville

Portsmouth, OH

#98 Jul 12, 2010
Once WalMart is in place, the rest of the shopping center will be full of business opportunities.
1. Check Cashing Stand
2. Liqour Store
3. Gun Store
4. Food Stamp office
5. Jubba Market
6. Used tire store
7. Cigarette, lottery outlet
8. Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority
Plus we can put a giant Cota bus center out front where the car wash used to be.
coonboy

Columbus, OH

#99 Jul 12, 2010
mi kind of hood, ize feels at homes already. weeze cans only hopes it all come tru, dis would be grate.
New Westerville wrote:
Once WalMart is in place, the rest of the shopping center will be full of business opportunities.
1. Check Cashing Stand
2. Liqour Store
3. Gun Store
4. Food Stamp office
5. Jubba Market
6. Used tire store
7. Cigarette, lottery outlet
8. Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority
Plus we can put a giant Cota bus center out front where the car wash used to be.
westerville resident

Naperville, IL

#100 Nov 7, 2010
westerville square tenant wrote:
I understand why everyone is in an uproar.. but.. try to look at some positives to this addition to Westerville Square...As much as I dislike the Wal-Mart Corporation, I believe something is needed in Westerville Square. We have been begging Hadler to fix leaky roofs, cracked sidewalks..uneven pavement in the parking lots.. paint the building.. and now, because Wal-Mart will help pay for it, they will. Also, the general walk-in business will increase in my business. Keep in mind, this wal-mart is not a supercenter, it won't even have a grocery area. I know that It's hard to picture a "nice Wal-Mart".. especially when you have the one at Morse Road.. however, keep in mind, the planning commission has been working very hard trying to maintain Westerville's integrity with the design of this store. As far as trashy employees, I'd be willing to bet, most of the employees will be Otterbein College Students or High School kids because of how nice the area is.
If they REALLY want to put the money in to be there because they see opportunity.. they will win because they do have deep pockets.
Let's all just try to hear out the planning commission and Hadler and see EXACTLY what kind of animal we are dealing with.
No Chance dear tenant - here is an idea your store will be out in 4 years and replaced by parking lot or a sam's club. A wal mart will drive you out like yesterdays news.
Eddie

AOL

#101 Nov 8, 2010
Enzyte Bob basically deep down inside hopes the store gets the OK and gets open so his application for greeter can be looked over and he can work at this location as well. Don't you recognize him ? you should he is the ignorant dork that hands out the happy faces to people as they enter other stores.
westerville resident

Naperville, IL

#102 Nov 8, 2010
SmartMom wrote:
I'm a Westerville resident and I for one welcome this proposal. America shops Walmart whether some people like it or not -- and we might as well keep the jobs and tax revenue in our backyard. The old, tired argument that Uptown retailers are making again does not hold up because the type of product lines for the most part are different. You can't buy an antique dresser or special unique gift in Walmart and you can't buy a tv, pool or a lot of baby items in Uptown. Store fronts that have been vacant for years don't help anyone and nobody else is knocking. Big Lots is already there so making the strip mall a value oriented destination makes sense. While there are other Walmarts in the northeast area, getting to them with the traffic can be horrendous and this would be a convenient location with many neighborhoods nearby who will use it. Let's knock off the snobbiness, unfounded fears and take this opportunity to finally redevelop this strip mall while we have the chance.
You might want to move then. Save your kids get them out of harms way before all the crime comes a knocking if you can name one good area that is around a wal-mart that has not gone to crap then you have a good point. Also you have not watched what Wal=Mart has done and how they do business with people. And how they treat employees. Sit down and watch the PBS special on Frontline about Wal-Mart. If you still feel the same way then fine. How about Kroger for kids stuff? Oh (sarcasm) Wal-Mart sells quality furniture. It will last about a year before that Chinese piece of junk falls apart. Then you go buy another piece of crap to replace it. By then you could have just bought a nice piece of furniture from a real store, not only have you saved the money. It actually went back into the Good old USA economy and not back to CHINA. WAKE UP MOM WAKE UP!!!!!!!!!!
Hoodie

Holt, MI

#103 Nov 23, 2010
First Walmart will come. Then Westerville will be overrun with liquor stores and pawn shops. The safe area in terms of crime is bordered at I-270. Walmart will be the spearhead that allows all of that crap to spill over into Westerville.

You can watch "The High Cost of Low Prices" here.
http://video.google.com/videoplay... #

I have lived in Westerville since I was five and I graduated from South High School. I have watched this town grow from a farming community to what it is now. I do not want to watch my town die because this parasite of a store decided this would be another great place to move in.
Hoodie

Holt, MI

#104 Nov 23, 2010
For those of you that notice some people are out of state. Consider that Thanksgiving is around the corner.

Keep the ghetto out of westerville.

I have quoted the following for truth.
"Once WalMart is in place, the rest of the shopping center will be full of business opportunities.
1. Check Cashing Stand
2. Liqour Store
3. Gun Store
4. Food Stamp office
5. Jubba Market
6. Used tire store
7. Cigarette, lottery outlet
8. Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority
Plus we can put a giant Cota bus center out front where the car wash used to be. "
Hoodie

Holt, MI

#105 Nov 23, 2010
disgusted wrote:
<quoted text>
If you live in Westerville, why does your post show as Canton MI? Another anti-Walmart mercenary??
People travel back and forth between Michigan and Ohio all the time.
John

United States

#106 Nov 24, 2010
Enzyte Bob wrote:
<quoted text>
And who are you to decide who can and can't build a shopping center? Are you another socialist who thinks Barry and the government have more wisdom than people who want to put their private money at risk? Are you advocating and official government agency that rations shopping centers and nationalizes them?
The point of a capitalist society is competition. If I feel I can build a better shopping center than the one down the street, there is nothing that stops me from doing so. It is my money and if I want to risk it, it's my business not yours.
I am a local property owner, thatís who. Local governments set zoning laws and ensure smart development. I am saying that we should rezone that area to allow home builders to compete. Socialist? Far from it, I am a Soldier currently in Afghanistan protecting your right to say stupid things. From what I see on this topic, you are taking that freedom to the fullest. I guess you think calling people names like communist, socialist, snob, racist etc., is an argument strategy. My experience is name callers usually have a weak argument. Iím assuming you are just agitator, but Iíll still entertain your banter. Sorry to respond so late to this, but I was busy with other things. I am all about competition, but anyone who has studied our republic knows that no true capitalistic society exists. We always have to balance between unregulated, do what feels good now, development and smart development. Otherwise, you end up with a street full of liquor stores, pawn shops, strip clubs and payday services. All are part of our life, but we enforce zoning codes so people that donít want to live by them can buy a house in an area where they donít have to worry about living next to one of these places. Being a part of the federal government, I know there are very few things the federal government does well. I believe in limited government and local control. You, on the other hand, seem to think whoever has the most money, can do whatever they want. If that were the case, we wouldnít need any government. The reality is that each level of government has its purpose and the local government specifically provides services to its taxpayers. Good local governments like Westerville, set the conditions for smart growth. I have been stationed in Germany quite a bit in my career and can tell you that their capitalistic model tilts more to the socialistic side than we do, but I venture to say they also have a better quality of life than we do. As a society we have to continually work this balance. I can tell you that building a Wal-Mart, that moves 10 years later to a location offering a better tax incentive and then having an empty storefront is not a method to build a quality town. And yes there is something to stop you from building a better shopping center down the street Ė It is called zoning. You can build them in commercial areas, not residential. You are more than willing to risk your money but society sets all type of limits and laws to protect consumers and businesses and to ensure fair competition.

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