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Walmart's Westerville foes want to take fight to ballot | The Columbus Dispatch

There are 133 comments on the Columbus Dispatch story from Jul 8, 2011, titled Walmart's Westerville foes want to take fight to ballot | The Columbus Dispatch. In it, Columbus Dispatch reports that:

A group of residents has vowed to seek a referendum in an attempt to block a planned Walmart in Westerville, but the developer said the residents have no legal ground.

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Retired Deputy

Chillicothe, OH

#1 Jul 8, 2011
Walmart will win. They have the lawyers and funds to do so. But let me ask this. Do we really need a Walmart off just about every freeway ramp in Central Ohio ? There are 6 withing 10 to 15 minutes of this location and 15 within 20 minutes.
sick of the crap

Columbus, OH

#3 Jul 8, 2011
freaking NIMBY's... they will get in gas guzzling Volvo SUV and drive to a WalMart way across town, just so they aren't seen by someone they are trying to achieve higher status over.... what a bunch of losers
What

Athens, OH

#4 Jul 8, 2011
Really??? Fighting over a Walmart? Don't these people have REAL issues to worry about? Just saying.
BSDetector

Columbus, OH

#5 Jul 8, 2011
Wow, if only they would take all that energy and motivation to stop wal-mart and use it for something worth while. Bunch of cry babies...waa i don't want a wal-mart, Iíll never shop there, its killing our area...six months later. Wow this place is great ohh look at those prices! Find a worth while cause like helping unemployment or abused animals.
groundhog

United States

#6 Jul 8, 2011
Why would the residents want a Wal-Mart? It should be voted by them. Consider the cheap and shoddy items they sell and very few items are made in the USA.

Unless Westerville has an excessive amount of obese people, that is where they would shop. Their clothing is geared for the obese, fat and people with no sense of style and design.(They used to have nice clothes.)

Their fruits and vegetables are also over-priced, and they stated they would have them lower priced for a healthy life-style.
Poverty

Columbus, OH

#7 Jul 8, 2011
Since Wal-Mart is the outlet store for the Chinese government, I think a lawyer from the People's Liberation Army should represent Wal-Mart in this legal case. China is going to name their next nuclear missile submarine the SS Wal-Mart in honor of the company that made their military expansion possible. Remember when Sam Walton was alive and they had "Made in America" signs all over Wal-Mart. Five minutes after he died, his children ripped down those signs and started buying 100% China. Did you know that the Chinese Military directly owns many of the factories that make goods for Wal-Mart? Shopping there is giving financial support to America's enemies.
CRVP member

Westerville, OH

#8 Jul 8, 2011
I'm a member of Citizens for Responsible Vacant Properties. Our goal is to keep the property empty: we love urban blight!

Seriously, though: My question to all those "Wal-mart haters" is ...

If this were a Target, a Trader Joe's, a Whole Foods, a Saks Fifth Avenue or Macy's, would you be putting up such a fight?

Those businesses would generate the same kind of regional traffic as a Wal-mart will. What was Lazarus? What was the movie theater, years ago?

As to the idea of Wal-mart hurting Uptown businesses -- how so? Uptown merchants are highly specialized in their merchandise. It's like comparing watermelons to kumquats: there is no comparison in their offerings.
Dave

Columbus, OH

#9 Jul 8, 2011
Here you have an eyesore of old vacant retail space that has not been more then 60% full in years with a shabby parking lot and not a lot of options for new development (based on the fact storefronts have been empty for years), and Walmart wants to build a store. Well I live 5 minutes away from this spot and would welcome a store there, and as for the so called Walmart riff raft.... there is a frigging Big lots right next store with a dollar store and 2 used clothing stores right across State st. You know what I call this.... progress.
Dave

Columbus, OH

#10 Jul 8, 2011
BTW anytime there is an issue with open discussion and debate and you lose....... take it to court and claim something in the process was not fair, its the American way.
Poverty

Columbus, OH

#11 Jul 8, 2011
People who shop at Wal-Mart are immoral.
R U Kidding

Hilliard, OH

#12 Jul 8, 2011
groundhog wrote:
Why would the residents want a Wal-Mart? It should be voted by them. Consider the cheap and shoddy items they sell and very few items are made in the USA.
Unless Westerville has an excessive amount of obese people, that is where they would shop. Their clothing is geared for the obese, fat and people with no sense of style and design.(They used to have nice clothes.)
Their fruits and vegetables are also over-priced, and they stated they would have them lower priced for a healthy life-style.
So, where does someone go to buy products made in the USA? Most American consumers aren't willing to pay higher prices for their items, and that is why almost everything is made overseas. It is also a large contributing factor why our economy is in the tank. WalMart is capitalizing on this, but it does not make them the bad guy. They need consumers to keep them in business and I've never visited a WalMart that wasn't busy. People love WalMart; they just don't want one in their backyard.
John

Columbus, OH

#13 Jul 8, 2011
Who needs help against Walmart? I'm in. Having studied the way they do business including having worked for them at their DC in Grove City, I would like to help stop them. Westerville needs to keep their little stores. They need to keep the little warm town image they have. Walmart will destroy all of that. Once they are in, they will destroy everything around them with products made in china. Finding a product made in America in a walmart is a chore. LET US VOTE AS WESTERVILLE RESIDENTS.
Poverty

Columbus, OH

#14 Jul 8, 2011
R U Kidding wrote:
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So, where does someone go to buy products made in the USA? Most American consumers aren't willing to pay higher prices for their items, and that is why almost everything is made overseas. It is also a large contributing factor why our economy is in the tank. WalMart is capitalizing on this, but it does not make them the bad guy. They need consumers to keep them in business and I've never visited a WalMart that wasn't busy. People love WalMart; they just don't want one in their backyard.
Since everyone is doing it (buying from China), you just throw away your morality and join in? Read your post - that is what you said. Typical liberal moral relativity.
Shopper

Columbus, OH

#15 Jul 8, 2011
I am a shopper at Walmart. A lot of the stores do not keep most needed items stocked and are out for months. The coolers where they keep their frozen foods are filthy dirty at some of their stores. I have also seen women in the grocery department and deli bending over with no underwear and showing their bare behinds. This is no lie. After a few years they seem to let the stores go downhill drastically!!!!!
Cmon man

Seymour, IL

#16 Jul 8, 2011
What wrote:
Really??? Fighting over a Walmart? Don't these people have REAL issues to worry about? Just saying.
I think their energies would be better spent fighting the out-of-control-spending by our esteemed Westerville school board. Would save them more money in the long run.
ralan

Columbus, OH

#17 Jul 8, 2011
complaining is easy......coming up with solutions to the vacant-shopping-center issue takes some effort.

What alternative do these folks have for resolving the current blight in that area???????
CRVP member

Westerville, OH

#18 Jul 8, 2011
Shopper -- Why do you profess to be a shopper at Wal-mart if it's so dirty and horrible?

John -- "Westerville needs to keep its little stores"? What little stores have been willing to go into that vacant center in the past 10 years? Have you seen them? I certainly haven't!
KMD22

New Albany, OH

#19 Jul 8, 2011
What wrote:
Really??? Fighting over a Walmart? Don't these people have REAL issues to worry about? Just saying.
There is actually lots of research about how big-box chains hurt the community and surrounding communities. Here is just one website which sites various studies. http://www.newrules.org/retail/key-studies-wa...
Fighting over Walmart is actually a real issue. I hope you'll do some personal research on the matter.
Cmon man

Seymour, IL

#20 Jul 8, 2011
KMD22 wrote:
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There is actually lots of research about how big-box chains hurt the community and surrounding communities. Here is just one website which sites various studies. http://www.newrules.org/retail/key-studies-wa...
Fighting over Walmart is actually a real issue. I hope you'll do some personal research on the matter.
"Wal-Mart generates substantial sales tax and property tax revenues for the county in which it locates. This could potentially be of great benefit to the fiscal well-being of the local government in the town or county where the Wal-Mart is located."

This is a quote from a North Carolina Study of Walmart and the affect on local economy.

If one looks hard enough one can find any study that supports any point of view. I just depends on what entity commissioned the study (paid for it).

The fact remains that this shopping center has been an eyesore for the past fifteen years and this is the only tenant to step up and pour money into redevelopment. The residents around here would complain no matter what was done with the center.
CRVP member

Westerville, OH

#21 Jul 8, 2011
KMD22 wrote:
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There is actually lots of research about how big-box chains hurt the community and surrounding communities. Here is just one website which sites various studies. http://www.newrules.org/retail/key-studies-wa...
Fighting over Walmart is actually a real issue. I hope you'll do some personal research on the matter.
So you're saying Meijer, Giant Eagle, north Kroger, Home Depot have hurt the community? Target, Best Buy, and all the stores up at Polaris have hurt the community?

See? Maybe it would be better if those areas were still just vacant land, unfarmed property, overgrown with weeds because the farmers could no longer afford to farm the land. That's what I'm talkin' about! Citizens for Responsible Vacant Properties unite!

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