Wal-Mart considers store expansions, ...

Wal-Mart considers store expansions, new locations

There are 50 comments on the Detroit Free Press story from Aug 16, 2007, titled Wal-Mart considers store expansions, new locations. In it, Detroit Free Press reports that:

“There are great numbers of our citizens who are not in favor of Wal-Mart because it's very much of a labor-oriented, union kind of area”

A week after a controversial Wal-Mart Supercenter opened in Livonia, the Arkansas-based retailer is looking Downriver at sites for a new store and the expansion of two others. via Detroit Free Press

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dtt

United States

#1 Aug 26, 2007
I would love to see a Wal-Mart come to Lincoln Park.
detroiterforlife

Eads, TN

#4 Sep 7, 2007
Ah yes. See, Larry isn't really from Detroit. He's not brave enough to shoot his racist garbage mouth in Detroit. Something tells me that's not his real name either.
Anna

AOL

#6 Sep 8, 2007
I would never shop at Walmart. I support Michigan based businesses as much possible. Walmart gets most of it's merchandise form China. When we buy from them, we are not supporting our own economy.
Linda

AOL

#7 Sep 8, 2007
The closest store to me is a super Walmart, and I go out of my way to not go there. It's like a giant that's taking over the world.
Linda

AOL

#9 Sep 13, 2007
It's amazing the kind of intelligent people that store attracts
Ken

New Haven, MI

#11 Sep 20, 2007
Wal Mart is no different than any other retailer trying to grow and succeed. I know that metro-Detroit is very blue-collar and very hard-working. Many folks boycott Wal Mart because they are non-union, but they do not realize how worthless a union actually is in a retail store. Just ask anyone who has or does work for Meijer. People pay union dues, and have abosolutely no support from their union. Therefore, Wal Mart keeps a lot of issues out of everything by being "Non" union. Walmart is a giant. They are a successful retailer worldwide. I just crack up when people want to avoid a store because it's large and successful. There are more Meijer stores in Michigan than Wal-Marts. And if you go through the clothing departments in Meijer, you see shirts and pants made in Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, etc. But the thing is, Wal Mart (and Meijer) is an American company. You support an American economy when you support an American company. Capitalism is a buying and selling system and when Americans buy something and sell it at a profit, they are capitalists. If WalMart wasn't #1 at this, you'd better believe another company would be.
Anna

AOL

#13 Sep 20, 2007
I'm not against walmart for being successful, I'm against them for their unfair and unethical business tactics. Being union or not doesn't phase me-I think unions started out for an honorable reason but have turned into a big business in itself. The unions didn't do a solitary thing for the poor Farmer Jack workers who paid heir union dues for years and years and now that they're out of a job have been left abandoned. Where is all that money now??? Why didn't they divide it amonst those who lost their jobs?
I would shop at an independent store anyday than support walmat. It's a free country, so we can all shop where we choose, but as for me, I choose to support Michigan businesses.
Support Michigan and support ourselves. We kid ourselves if we think it doesn't affect us.
Anna

AOL

#15 Sep 22, 2007
MAYOR SALISBURY wrote:
Quit your crying bitch and go back into basement!Who cares move out the state then!
It's your kind of store, I can tell. They market to people like you. Shop away and kill your own economy.
Paul R

Trenton, MI

#16 Sep 23, 2007
If Wal Mart was or is so bad, then no one would work there. It is better that people are there and working instead of being on welfare and other forms of social support. All of this noise about products not being made in this country is just a smoke screen. Everything electronic is imported for the past 30+ years, not to mention our clothing, auto parts, toys, food, machinery etc.
Unions today have outlived their usefullness. Today they don't really care about the individual worker, just the dues he pays. They have become a corrupt political organization, at the cost of the common worker. What a shame!
I give credit to the employess at Wal Mart. They are doing what they feel they have to do inorder to survive. Better they do that then sit on their overstuffed behinds and eat at the government trough.
And... after Jennifer gets done taxing the hell out of Michigan residents, even you will be trying to shop at Wal Mart to make ends meet!!!
Anna

AOL

#17 Sep 26, 2007
It is so bad, but unfortunately, Wally World puts the decent retailors out of business and employees have no choice
And I agree with you about the unions. They began for an honorable cause, but now, just the big guys at the top fill their pockets. Workers keep paying dues and get nothing out of them. Look what they did for Farmer Jack employees-nothing-and now where is all the money those poor workers paid in dues???? It's just political now.

I support local independants only
Wal nuts

Taylor, MI

#19 Sep 27, 2007
If I could say anything is that we should be informed shoppers. Are there other stores ie Meijer and well for that matter every other store out there selling goods from over seas. Yes. But why is Walmart in the news? If you wants to shop at walmart than do it, but know what it is your doing in the end. Would you want your children working there I don't think so. Someone brought up that at least they are working there and not on welfare? What I think you don't know is that not only are they working for walmart but yes they are also on WELFARE. We spend millions of tax dollars for medical and welfare for walmart workers. Watch the Walmart Movie or google walmart and just sit back and see all the information as how well walmart is treating people not only overseas but here. Ask someone at walmart how much there health benifits cost if they have any. This is not rocket science if its cheaper there is a reason. Who is paying for your deals. An overseas worker, a worker at Walmart, or tax payers? All of they above so that Walmart can pass the savings on to you! And your right if we keep losing business because we want to save a fifty cents on toliet paper than yes we won't have a choice where to shop. As for me, I will shop at Meijers. Were you can shop there knowing that it helps MICHIGANS economy. I think if any caring person knew what walmart does without even blinking than they would shop else where, but you have to want to know what is happening. Get informed, don't take my word for it. Be an informed shopper.
Arrest Salsbury

Shelby, OH

#21 Sep 27, 2007
MAYOR SALISBURY wrote:
Meijers sucks too man!
HEY BUD

TAKE YOUR MEDICINE
Don

Dearborn Heights, MI

#23 Oct 20, 2007
Ken wrote:
Wal Mart is no different than any other retailer trying to grow and succeed. I know that metro-Detroit is very blue-collar and very hard-working. Many folks boycott Wal Mart because they are non-union, but they do not realize how worthless a union actually is in a retail store. Just ask anyone who has or does work for Meijer. People pay union dues, and have abosolutely no support from their union. Therefore, Wal Mart keeps a lot of issues out of everything by being "Non" union. Walmart is a giant. They are a successful retailer worldwide. I just crack up when people want to avoid a store because it's large and successful. There are more Meijer stores in Michigan than Wal-Marts. And if you go through the clothing departments in Meijer, you see shirts and pants made in Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, etc. But the thing is, Wal Mart (and Meijer) is an American company. You support an American economy when you support an American company. Capitalism is a buying and selling system and when Americans buy something and sell it at a profit, they are capitalists. If WalMart wasn't #1 at this, you'd better believe another company would be.
I would like to know how you feel about the slave labor and horrible way the Chinese people are treated by Wal-Mart. The Wal-Mart dorms that the employees have to pay rent on even if they do not live in them. It's not all about union and Wal-Mart being #1. It has a lot to do with how poorly Wal-Mart treats those people.
Don

Dearborn Heights, MI

#24 Oct 20, 2007
dtt wrote:
I would love to see a Wal-Mart come to Lincoln Park.
I would love to see one in Farmington.
Julie

AOL

#26 Oct 27, 2007
No one if forcing anyone to work at Walmart or any other Non Union buisnesses.. No one puts a pen in someones hand and forces them to fill out an application.. So I don't see what everyone's problem is, and why they think they need to boycott.
Scott

Lima, OH

#27 Oct 29, 2007
Everyone keeps talking about the Michigan economy. It doesn't matter where the merchandise comes from. every company around is selling merchandise bought in a global market. Our economy, like all the other states is based on trickle down economics. It doesn't matter where the stuff is coming from. As long as the business is providing jobs in this state, and those people are paying taxes in our state, and spending their money in our communities, then our economy grows. If don't support all of the businesses in our communities, then the jobs disappear, the tax money disappears, and all of the other businesses supported by those paychecks disappear in a downward spiral until our economy collapses completely. So for the person who was talking about being an informed shopper, study economics.
Kevin

Fraser, MI

#28 Oct 30, 2007
Remember this, when someone buys something, both parties believe they are better off for making the transaction. If one party believed the contrary the sale simply wouldn't occur. Therefore, people buys things at Walmart are better off.
Jeannie

AOL

#29 Oct 30, 2007
The problem with Walmart is not only where the merchandise comes from. It would be nice if it came from the U.S. but, it's true, almost all retailers are selling from foreign sources. The problem with walmart is that it comes into a community and crushes surrounding businesses with its unfair business tactics. It would make too long of a blog to list them all here, but just goodle walmart business tactics or ethics and see what you find. THEN, it's true, many employees don't have a real choice but to work there. They put out decent mom and pop places that pay well and move into town with their low wages. This does affect everyone. I never step into walmart even though it's right around the corner. I will always support a Michigan based business first.
Lisa B

AOL

#30 Oct 30, 2007
FYI: Walmart meat(pork and beef) is treated with an 11% solution to keep it fresh for about 10 to 14 days. It's cut and packaged in a meat processing plant, not in the store. So, if you think you're getting a deal, think again. I'm not into all the organic products, but I DO want my meat to be 100% meat!
And the produce, let's not even go there.
Shane

United States

#31 Nov 26, 2007
Paul R wrote:
If Wal Mart was or is so bad, then no one would work there. It is better that people are there and working instead of being on welfare and other forms of social support. All of this noise about products not being made in this country is just a smoke screen. Everything electronic is imported for the past 30+ years, not to mention our clothing, auto parts, toys, food, machinery etc.
Unions today have outlived their usefullness. Today they don't really care about the individual worker, just the dues he pays. They have become a corrupt political organization, at the cost of the common worker. What a shame!
I give credit to the employess at Wal Mart. They are doing what they feel they have to do inorder to survive. Better they do that then sit on their overstuffed behinds and eat at the government trough.
And... after Jennifer gets done taxing the hell out of Michigan residents, even you will be trying to shop at Wal Mart to make ends meet!!!
They actually encourage their employees to take part in government Welfare programs because they are too greedy to pay for their employees insurance. This would never happen at a small business.

Also, Meijer was once a great company but since having to compete with Wal-Mart have lowered their wages dramatically. In the late eighties Meijer paid their employees an average of $20/hour. Thanks Wal-Mart!

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