Westerville ready for fight over Walmart

Westerville ready for fight over Walmart

There are 67 comments on the DispatchPolitics story from Oct 27, 2010, titled Westerville ready for fight over Walmart. In it, DispatchPolitics reports that:

The proposal to add a Walmart store at the Westerville Square shopping center would be part of a complete redesign of the center.

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miri

Wapakoneta, OH

#1 Oct 27, 2010
I hope Wal-mart doesn't get in. Walmart is a lousy store that sells cheap garbage and yes, it employs tons of people, for crap wages and cruddy benefits.
John Galt

Columbus, OH

#2 Oct 27, 2010
Don't let this happen Westeville. State & Schrock is already a traffic mess during rush hours and Uptown merchants and places like Roush Hardware will be irreparably harmed. Walmart is not worth it.

Since: Jun 09

Columbus, OH

#3 Oct 27, 2010
Maybe we should change the name of Westerville to "Whinerville".

“Lovin' Bacon”

Since: Sep 10

Hampsterdam

#4 Oct 27, 2010
I don't understand; Walmart is bad, but Target is good?

Their stores are about the same size and they sell about the same style and quality of products.

I guess that Target is seen as a little bit more upscale and Walmart is more for the great unwashed masses.
John Galt

Columbus, OH

#5 Oct 27, 2010
jimmy dresden wrote:
Maybe we should change the name of Westerville to "Whinerville".
Residents who take an active interest in their communities are "whiners"?
Derp

Columbus, OH

#6 Oct 27, 2010
jimmy dresden wrote:
Maybe we should change the name of Westerville to "Whinerville".
Ah, yes. All the people whining because they want to prevent their community from turning to crap like all the others that have let walmart in. Perhaps you should change your name to "clueless".
Jackie Rich

Buhl, ID

#7 Oct 27, 2010
Whatever they put there they should sell alot of alcohol.
I TOLD YOU SO

Delphos, OH

#8 Oct 27, 2010
Wal Mart is filth, it's that simple and it's that OBVIOUS. If your life is a race to the LOWEST common denominator, like many communities around the country, go for it, put in another store selling oodles of over-priced plastic trash that we do NOT need and just ends up in the dump polluting the environment. If you have any sense of decency, put in a store that sells vegetable seeds, plants and flowers something with some redeeming social value instead of something that benefits some private capitalist leech BLOODSUCKER. WalMart: Unalloyed filth with a documented history of exploiting workers, poisoning the environment, and worse. I wouldn't walk into a Wal Mart if you gave me a hundred copies of one of my favorite plants (Canadian Hemlocks)
Black Lion

Nashport, OH

#9 Oct 27, 2010
Say no to increased tax collections and tons of jobs provided by commercial development as fast as you can. All we want are bike paths, parks, increased property taxes and community centers. The residents of Westerville deserve what they want in their quest to become like Uppity Arlington.
Wasterville

Delphos, OH

#10 Oct 27, 2010
Actually, they can call it Wasterville if they put a Wal Mart in. That would be more precise.
jimmy dresden wrote:
Maybe we should change the name of Westerville to "Whinerville".
Richard

United States

#11 Oct 27, 2010
A waf-Mart would beats the empty strip mall that is there now.sure the City must address the traffic at Schrock and Rt. 3. They should have done that kong ago.
Re Roush Hardware: like Lowes and Home Depo did effect Roush? I still go to Roush when I need advice on exatly how to fix something.
Wake Up Westerville

Hilliard, OH

#12 Oct 27, 2010
Target already tried to get that space as well as Krogers before they remolded. The owners only want to lease the property not sell it and WalMart was the only large chain interested in a lease. All the little downtown stores won't be affected, there is a Target within 10 minutes of downtown Westerville and a WalMart, the people that already shop there won't suddenly go to WalMart. Instead the vast majority of people who drive to Target at either Polaris or Easton will stay in Westerville.
Justa thought

Beverly, OH

#13 Oct 27, 2010
I know of not one person here in Westerville that wants the Wal-Mart. I personally have nothing against the company, I believe any company has the right to do business, but this is not a good fit for our community. The roads that service the area are already over crowded and there is no room to make them bigger. With a Wal-Mart, or any other big store in that location, traffic would just be horrible. Something along the lines of a Trader Joe's would be a perfect fit. Smaller, needed, and nothing like it in Westerville.

I have to laugh when the property owner, George Hadler, says that "Wal-Mart will bring goods and services that the community needs". What does Wal-Mart bring that we don't have here already? Hadler is one of the sleaziest business people in Central Ohio. I have worked in many stores that were in his centers. The buildings are always in poor repair, his company always slow to act on problems in the shopping center. Maybe if he had taken better care of the Westerville Square shopping center he would have had some tenants stick around. Maybe if he treated his tenants better over the years he would have his center more occupied now. In the Westerville Square shopping center there is a long time tenant, Rofini's Pizza. Rofini's has been a part of the community and in that same location for longer than the 30 years that I have lived in Westerville. How did Hadler reward Rofini's for being such a great tenant for all those years? A year ago Hadler put a Little Caesar's pizza shop in a vacant storefront next door to Rofini's. It is no wonder that Hadler can't get anyone to lease from him!

No to Wal-Mart, No to Hadler.
Tinfoil Alert

New Philadelphia, OH

#14 Oct 27, 2010
I TOLD YOU SO wrote:
...put in a store that sells vegetable seeds, plants and flowers something with some redeeming social value instead of something that benefits some private capitalist leech BLOODSUCKER...
Don't look now, but Wal-Mart sells vegetable seeds, plants, trees, etc.

As far as your repeated diatribes against capitalism in favor of "redeeming social values" (read: communism) I refer you to my reply to one of your previous posts:

WARNING! The tinfoil in your hat has become dangerously loose, causing you to make insane statements. Please adjust your tinfoil helmet -- and your meds.
Whoop

Columbus, OH

#15 Oct 27, 2010
Black Lion wrote:
Say no to increased tax collections and tons of jobs provided by commercial development as fast as you can. All we want are bike paths, parks, increased property taxes and community centers. The residents of Westerville deserve what they want in their quest to become like Uppity Arlington.
You sound poor, and bitter.
Vladimir Lenin

Vincent, OH

#16 Oct 27, 2010
I call upon all my trusted Comrades to stop this Wal-Mart!

(unless they go union - in that case, I'm all for it)
John Galt

Columbus, OH

#17 Oct 27, 2010
Vladimir Lenin wrote:
I call upon all my trusted Comrades to stop this Wal-Mart!
(unless they go union - in that case, I'm all for it)
This isn't about anti-development. A community has the right to speak for or against certain retail projects. I'm not against WalMart per se as a company, I just don't feel it fits the area. Not to mention the traffic congestion it will contribute to in an already overly traffic congested intersection. What does WalMart bring that is not already available in Westerville right now?
Milhouse

Columbus, OH

#18 Oct 27, 2010
Wow, Westervillians must be hitting hard times if they're gonna start shopping at Walmart.

Walmart: the world's largest dollar store.
Sam Borish

Columbus, OH

#19 Oct 27, 2010
No Walmart for WEASELVILLE!
guest

Columbus, OH

#20 Oct 27, 2010
I would like to see a walmart there. The one on Morse is always too crowded and dirty and lewis center is too far. I usually only get toiletries at walmart and staple items like toilet paper, paper towels, soap, etc. I find it more important to focus on the brand of items I am buying and not necessary the retail outlet.

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