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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Walmart announced plans to build a store at Hayden Meadows, its second location in Portland.

However, the retailer faces opposition due to accusations of poor labor treatment, among other issues. Walmart hopes to win favor by promoting the store's economic benefits to the area.

The site just off Interstate 5, on its face, seems to make sense. But Walmart's recent history with the Rose City -- and dozens of others across the country -- suggest it could be in for a fight over wages, health care and trade practices.

The retailer pulled back twice in the past five years on proposed Portland stores amid withering criticism from now-Mayor Sam Adams. "This is a company that has my enmity," Adams, then a city commissioner, said in 2005. "They treat their employees poorly and the communities they go into with total disdain."

Read the full story at OregonLive.com.

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0 #1 Enmity? Disdain?John 2009-12-23 14:13:37
I find it interesting that so many elitists consider WalMart the worst thing that ever happened in a coummunity. For the Mayor to voice such concerns, perhaps he should consider the following:
•As of December 2009, the total number of Walmart associates in Oregon is 10,558. HOW MANY JOBS HAS ADAMS PROVIDED?
•As of December 2009, the average wage for regular, full-time hourly associates in Oregon is $12.26 per hour (Walmart Discount Stores, Supercenters, and Neighborhood Markets). Additionally, associates are eligible for performance-bas ed bonuses.
•In recent years, Walmart has contributed four percent of an associate's eligible pay to their combined Profit Sharing and 401(k) Plan.
•In FYE 2009, Walmart spent $462,746,760.00 for merchandise and services with 565 suppliers in the state of Oregon. As a result of Walmart's relationship with these suppliers, Walmart supports 32,979 supplier jobs in the state of Oregon. THAT'S NEARLY 1/2 BILLION DOLLARS INTO OUR ECONOMY. HOW MUCH AS ADAMS BEEN RESPOSIBLE FOR? AND AN ADDITIONAL 33K JOBS. HMMMM. SEEMS LIKE THAT MAY BE MORE THAN PORTLAND HAS SEEN CREATED IN A NUMBER OF YEARS. OH, I FORGOT, ADAMS PROBABLY "SAVED" MORE JOBS THAN THAT.
•Supplier figures provided by Dun & Bradstreet.
Taxes and Fees
•Walmart paid more than $12.5 million in state and local taxes in the state of Oregon in FYE 2009.
Community Involvement
•In 2008, Walmart stores, Sam's Club locations and the Walmart Foundation gave more than $2.6 million in cash and in-kind donations to local organizations in the communities they serve in the state of Oregon. Through additional funds donated by customers, and Walmart and Sam’s Club associates throughout the state, the retailer’s contributions in Oregon totaled more than $3.2 million.

Here's the link for more information about that evil capitalist organization. (The largerst retailer in the world. You know the one that actually saves people money.)
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0 #2 Learn about the evils of WalMartNick 2009-12-24 00:21:00
Just watch any of the dozens of excellent films that explain how they wreck local business in each community they take incentives from.
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0 #3 Another take on WalMartshawn 2010-01-29 22:15:56
There's an interesting phenomena surrounding abandoned big-box stores... there's an article over at Portland built: http://www.portlandbuilt.com/design/sustainability/wal-mart-built-in-portland
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