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Sixth Street Wal-Mart to open on April 29; 235 to be hired

Lawrence's newest Wal-Mart Supercenter at Sixth Street and Wakarusa Drive is set to open April 29, the retailer announced Monday.

Lawrence's newest Wal-Mart Supercenter at Sixth Street and Wakarusa Drive is set to open April 29, the retailer announced Monday.

February 9, 2009, 11:20 a.m. Updated February 9, 2009, 4:50 p.m.


Wal-Mart looks to open new store April 29

The date has been set for the opening of a big addition to Lawrence's retail scene. Enlarge video

Lawrence’s newest Wal-Mart at Sixth Street and Wakarusa Drive is set to open April 29.

Lawrence’s newest Wal-Mart at Sixth Street and Wakarusa Drive is set to open April 29.

Where to apply

Wal-Mart on Wednesday will open a hiring center at 2540 Iowa to begin accepting applications for the approximately 235 positions at its new Lawrence store.

The center will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Once the center opens this week, it will be open Monday through Friday.

Employees at the store are expected to begin work in late March to begin preparing for the store’s opening.

Wal-Mart and west Lawrence soon will have an opportunity to get better acquainted.

Lawrence’s newest Wal-Mart Supercenter at Sixth Street and Wakarusa Drive is scheduled to open April 29, the retailer announced Monday.

“We’re very excited,” said Ryan Edwards, the newly appointed manager for the Lawrence store. “We’re excited about getting folks hired.”

The store is expected to employ 235 people, with a mix of full- and part-time positions. Edwards said he couldn’t yet say what the mix of full- versus part-time positions would be, and he couldn’t give a range of wages that will be offered.

“But we’ll be hiring everything from cart-pushers to managers within the store,” said Edwards, who comes to Lawrence after serving in a Wal-Mart management position in Clinton, Mo. “There will be a little bit of everything.”

Same goes for the store’s merchandise. As a Supercenter, the store will include a full-line grocery department, Edwards said. He said consumers should expect the same range of products that are offered at Wal-Mart’s other Lawrence store, which is on south Iowa Street.

The west Lawrence store, however, will be significantly smaller than the south Lawrence store. The new store is about 100,000 square feet, or a little less than half the size of the south Lawrence store.

The smaller size was part of a legal settlement between Wal-Mart, developers of the property and city commissioners. The settlement ended more than five years of lawsuits, which began when neighbors in the area contended the new store would produce traffic problems and went against the city’s long-range plans for the intersection.

“It has been a long haul, but it is gratifying to see a lot of work by a lot of people coming to fruition,” said Bill Newsome, a member of the Lawrence development group that proposed the project. “And with the economy being the way it is, I don’t think the timing could be better for the community.”

Newsome’s group currently is trying to find other businesses to locate on six lots adjacent to the Wal-Mart store. Three lots are designated for retail stores or restaurants, and three are set aside for offices or banks.

Work also is under way to expand the Dillons food store at the southeastern corner of the intersection. Dillons previously had announced a 37,000-square-foot expansion of the store, and had said it would add at least 75 employees. Dillons spokeswoman Shelia Lowrie said that expansion — which includes a new bistro and indoor eating area — is scheduled to open in the new few weeks.


bluerose 9 years, 3 months ago

whoopeeeeeeeeee!more minimum wage jobs!!

Jean1183 9 years, 3 months ago

So........which do YOU prefer: minimum wage or no wage?

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 9 years, 3 months ago

I wonder how many will be laid off at the S. Iowa Wal-Mart-- not to mention other retailers it puts out of business.

jonas_opines 9 years, 3 months ago

Undercover at Walmart, because you know when an article starts like this:"Some people, usually community activists, loath Wal-Mart. Others, like the family of four struggling to make ends meet, are in love with the chain. I, meanwhile, am in awe of it.". . . then you're going to get nothing but honest and objective information from the author, with plenty of analysis of all sides of the issue.

cthulhu_4_president 9 years, 3 months ago

Bluerose and gumbipika are confusing me: I thought more jobs was a good thing. And come on, Bozo. Wal-Mart has never put another retailer out of business. The people who chose to shop at one place over the other are responsible for the demise of private retailers.

TheOriginalCA 9 years, 3 months ago

And a standing ovation for capitalism and the strong that make it work for all of us.

questionthings 9 years, 3 months ago

And why is this breaking news? Who really cares?

nbnozzy 9 years, 3 months ago

From the quality of some of the posts I see on these boards some of you would be lucky to make minium wage. 253 new jobs will occur and it's a positive. For you Wally bashers, I encourage you to open up a business and pay a living wage. Then your heckles may hold some validity. Otherwise, kindly shut your yap.

questionthings 9 years, 3 months ago

How many out of the 253 new employees will get scheduled to work 40 or more hours a week to qualify for the company insurance policy?

justforfun 9 years, 3 months ago

nbnozzyI agree!! Lot of people have lost their jobs and and need something. So people if you don't like Walmart don't shop there .

Fatty_McButterpants 9 years, 3 months ago

Oh, darn that evil Wal-mart for bringing jobs to Lawrence. Hello?? If you don't like the minimum wage, petition Congress. I'm sure there are about 700,000 Americans within the last month that would like to have a shot at being one of those 235 people.

number1jayhawker 9 years, 3 months ago

Actually, an employee does not necessarily have to work a full 40 hours per week to qualify for benefits.

Shane Garrett 9 years, 3 months ago

Questionthings: So I question why should any company be forced to even offer a health insurance policy? I would argue that it is health insurance that might be the single greatest cost of doing business.

A_J_Hawk 9 years, 3 months ago

Is that a trailer park going in just east of there?

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 9 years, 3 months ago

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mom_of_three 9 years, 3 months ago

nbnozzy - this is a forum for comment, so let people comment. If you don't like what they have to say, don't read it, and don't comment. just makes you sound like one of those posters you continue to bash.

SettingTheRecordStraight 9 years, 3 months ago

Wal Mart is capitalism, free markets, and fair trade at work. That's why I own their stock, and that's why I shop at their stores.

supercowbellninja 9 years, 3 months ago

Can't wait till April when I won't have to drive across town to get my Hannah Montana fishing tackle any longer.

A_J_Hawk 9 years, 3 months ago

Nice post mom_of_three. I agree 100%.I'm especially glad that they will be opening closer to home. My 80 year old mother will now be able to walk to her job as a greeter instead of taking the EmT.

Kevin Sontag 9 years, 3 months ago

supercowbellninja (Anonymous) says… Can't wait till April when I won't have to drive across town to get my Hannah Montana fishing tackle any longer.That comment is so full of win. +2 internets for you!

cthulhu_4_president 9 years, 3 months ago

"“i just saved two dollars on a pair of socks…..” its actually pretty sad to see Kansans fall for this-I expected as much out of Missouri-but Kansans? c'mon people, wake up."---------Oh come on, dragon. I can save way more than $2 on socks at Wal-Mart! 3 pairs for $6, maybe!Can't wait!

luvtocamp 9 years, 3 months ago

I wish they would of built a new k-mart. Its sad that this town has a warehouse for k-mart but does not have a k-mart to shop at.

questionthings 9 years, 3 months ago

Wallythewalrus: A company is not forced to offer health benefits, but Walmart choose to offer it. If they choose to offer it then, why not offer it to all employees at a cost they can afford on the minimum wage income?By the way most employees there don't even make it above the poverty line!

ClearSkies 9 years, 3 months ago

How old do you have to be to work there?

supercowbellninja 9 years, 3 months ago

Wal-Mart PR person: "We were all set to debut our latest Wal-Mart shopping center and location until we read the anonymously authored comments on a small-market Lawrence, Kan., Web site. Upon reading this flurry of anonymous remarks that detail how much we suck, we wish to inform you that, effective immediately, Wal-Mart will cease to exist and the world will flourish again. Thank you, you insane, anonymous ljworld commenters. The ability to say anything without having to reveal your face or name has truly paid dividends for society at-large today."

questionthings 9 years, 3 months ago

Walmart just helps the government take money out of pockets to pay for the government assistance to those employees making below the poverty level. Lawrence just added to more government assistance employees of Walmart and never less during an recession.Just because, we need another Walmart full of crap that we all need to buy! So everyone, lets all just go on supporting and buying from Walmart and feel our lives with useless crap!

beawolf 9 years, 3 months ago

Wal-Mart is the single most successful capital venture in history. For it or against it, nobody can deny that fact. For those of you against it, you are also against the basic form of capitalism that this country's strength is based upon. You can't have it both ways. With capitalism you vote with your dollar and the majority of Americans have voted for Wal-Mart.I hate shopping there. But, I did buy a TV from them last year and saved $150. I also saved money on a car battery, vacuum cleaner, paint and a lawn mower. That makes my disposable income go further and benefits the economy.

questionthings 9 years, 3 months ago

tempting_butnothanks: Statistics, you can find statistics all kinds of statistics. Yes, I made inferences based on statistical data gained from a few web sites one is actually Bureau of Labor Statistics. I am going to being so kind to give you a direct link to Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2007 for Cashiers. Take a look around and see what you think. While you do just think how many are cashiers at Walmart.

staff04 9 years, 3 months ago

I'm sure China thanks the supporters of this store for their contributions to their economy.

cthulhu_4_president 9 years, 3 months ago

beawolf 1:45 wins.I'm loving these paranoid rants about China. If we are indeed helping China's economy, then maybe that will keep them from calling in our bar tab (e.g. national debt) for a little bit longer. It seems like a win-win situation! They get to keep making cheap stuff, and we get to keep on with business-as-usual ponzi-economics for awhile more!

britt408 9 years, 3 months ago

Those of you who are criticizing wal-mart for the way they treat employees and for paying minimum wage need to get your facts straight. Have any of you ever worked at wal-mart?? I have and I was treated great...I started well over minimum wage (and was only 19 years old), not to mention the stock options, health insurance, extra holiday pay, and discount card. And no, you don't have to work over 40 hours to get benefits. In comparison, I know that other big retail businesses in Lawrence DO start at minimum wage and no one is whining about them. Imagine how many people would be on unemployment if it weren't for wal-mart. Just stop complaining and if you don't like it, don't shop there, it's that simple.

badger 9 years, 3 months ago

Woo hoo!More cheap plastic Chinese crap for EVERYBODY!Wal-mart's a great place for short-term thinkers, yes it is. You pay 75% of the cost for an item that lasts half as long as one of better quality, so that for the same amount and duration of utility, you spend 50% more, waste twice as much time shopping, and take up twice as much landfill space. You ignore the fact that most of their stuff is made in sweatshops in Asia, never minding that the pollution and safety controls in places like China mean a growing problem with air quality and human rights violations. You welcome a couple hundred jobs at or just above minimum wage, without realizing that minimum wage puts most people below the poverty level and leaves them eligible for food stamps and other social welfare programs so it doesn't reduce the burden on social services, and those minimum wage employees (if they have kids) will qualify for plenty of tax credits so your city doesn't see a dime of their income tax, just the sales tax on their tiny little purchases (by the way, since they qualify for food stamps, their food purchases don't even generate sales tax...). You think working at Wal-Mart means you're buying a house and paying property taxes? Not hardly.You know, there was this time not even all that long ago when conservatives were about being smart with your money and thinking in the long-term, fiscally, when they actually made economic decisions based around sound principles like living on one's income instead of one's capital, investing in and supporting businesses likely to provide more value to a community than a few low-paying jobs, and being able to understand the larger picture that goes with getting what you pay for.But hey, everyone needs more cheap Chinese plastic crap. Because, for some reason, it just doesn't last very long...

packs_of_wild_dogzz 9 years, 3 months ago

It always amazes me how you can count on people on this forum to complain. You can bet on it....mention walmart and everyone is a clever smart***. Nevermind that 235 people who potentially have no job will have a job, minimum wage or not! Just how stupid are you people? Parrot boy you are an idiot. And badger, i guarantee you walmart carries a lot more than cheap chinese crap.

feeble 9 years, 3 months ago

this comment section has super cow powers.

questionthings 9 years, 3 months ago

Why does Lawrence need two Wal-marts? Hip hip hooray!!! Two Wal-marts in Lawrence!!!Breaking News: The second Wal-mart in Lawrence, Kansas is opening on April 29th. Yes, that's right, another Wal-mart is opening during a recession to bring not only 235 jobs, but jobs that pay their employees so little that most are below the poverty income level. Just to bring you more crap that we need to buy and fill our lives and homes with.Wonder why fires in Australia that have killed over 150 people is not breaking news!

cthulhu_4_president 9 years, 3 months ago

I must ask a question to the people who keep saying that Wal-Mart's paycheck will "put people below the poverty level":What do you think was the income of those people, relative to the poverty line, before they took their position at Wal-Mart?(The answers to choose from are: above or below)

KU_Dude 9 years, 3 months ago

I'd like to be the first one to Welcome all the additional "white trash" that will be coming to Lawrence on April 29, 2009 to shop at Wal-Mart. Welcome.

TheYetiSpeaks 9 years, 3 months ago

Top 10 things that bring out people who talk like they know things...but really dont: 1- Global Warming, i.e. climate change, i.e. temperature differentiation, i.e. somewhat sudden change in wind direction, etc. 2- Wal-Mart and its plot to destroy humanity. 3-sexual proficiency 4-city politics, or pretty much politics in general. This includes most of the talking pieholes on CNN and Fox news. 5- car trouble 6- The definitions and differences between socialism, communism, fascism, etc. 7- basketball, specifically how the head coach of the local college team is a yammering buffoon who couldn't coach his way out of a wet paper bag (lawrence edition, usually following a KU loss). 8- Yellow House poetry readings 9- The Humane Society and what it is they actually do there. 10-Any subject that Marion decides to pontificate on.

rumor_man 9 years, 3 months ago

I heard that wal-mart will be starting a shuttle service to and from the homeless shelters.

Kyle Reed 9 years, 3 months ago

All the talk of walmart being terrible aside, it is good to see news of some jobs coming into the market instead of just news of jobs lost like we've been hearing. I hope these jobs help some people out that need it in these hard times.

flux 9 years, 3 months ago

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus HAS POSTED 11,518 TIMES. Walmart, please offer this person a job.

badger 9 years, 3 months ago

For all those of you saying, "Hey, what would those 235 people be making if Wal-Mart wasn't hiring them?"Well, I guess the answer to that depends on whether something else would have gone into the space, something that paid its employees better and provided a better working environment. Because what a lot of the rah-rah folks don't seem to get is that that something would have gone into that space, and there's a possibility that if people weren't so all-fired to get more cheap plastic Chinese crap (yes, you're right, wild_dogzzz, they also sell cheap Mexican crap, cheap Indian crap, and cheap crap from Thailand. They're multicultural), that the something that went there might have been a better option.It's not 'Wal-Mart or nothing', as much as Wal-Mart's advocates would like you to believe that. It's not like that space was going to sit empty if, ultimately, after all the years of fighting, Wal-Mart decided not to build there. It might have been a different large anchor chain, like Lowe's or Home Depot, or it might have been a warehouse, it might have been a cluster of smaller stores with no anchor store. But it wasn't a choice between Wal-Mart jobs and no jobs, because anything going in that space would probably have resulted in the same net number of jobs for Lawrence (we still haven't heard how hours or jobs will be affected at the store across town, by the way, which should be expected to cut people's hours as their business slows down). It was a choice between Wal-Mart jobs and trying to woo other jobs, and the Lawrence City Council did its usual fine work of settling for the easy solution instead of working hard for better options.

beawolf 9 years, 3 months ago

"but jobs that pay their employees so little that most are below the poverty income level."..... As does Sears and every box store on Iowa. As does McDonalds and every fast food restaurant in Lawrence. As does every restaurant period. What's your point, "questionthings"! You seem to rant but have nothing positive to add.

jumpin_catfish 9 years, 3 months ago

Damn that evil Wal-Mart. Providing goods and services and pissing off cool-aid drinkers everywhere. Hope I can be the first customer. ha ha ha ha hahhhhh

Danimal 9 years, 3 months ago

This is great news for Lawrence because no one else is hiring. Bringing 235 jobs in, low-paying or not, is huge right now.

jonas_opines 9 years, 3 months ago

"And badger, i guarantee you walmart carries a lot more than cheap chinese crap."True, some stores also sell food.

wslady 9 years, 3 months ago

Welcome, WalmartThank you for not giving up and bringing jobs to our city. Thank you for providing management jobs along with jobs for students and other workers full and part-time.Wish you the best as you help boost our economy..

beawolf 9 years, 3 months ago

I highly recommend this to all the Wal-Mart naysayers. It may or may not change your perceptions, but at least it's a factual representation.

bangaranggerg 9 years, 3 months ago

For those of you who want to criticize WalMart but aren't sure how, there is a very informative article on Wikipedia: it's really not for people who want to sound more crazy, so don't know how useful it'll be here. IMHO, these comments demonstrate a social movement with personal motivations rooted in basic human psychology. Hating Wal-Mart permits a person to feel better about themselves for three main reasons: They "don't run a greedy international conglomerate", they aren't Wal-Mart workers, widely considered "low-skilled, minimum wage drones", and they aren't Wal-Mart customers thought of as "toothless, welfare-getting hillbillies." All of these sentiments are demonstrated in the above comments.

Shane Garrett 9 years, 3 months ago

"While you do just think how many are cashiers at Walmart."Okay I did the poverty level for a family of three is 17,600.00. at 8$ an hour working 40 hours a week for 52 weeks = 16,640. So, I guess a single mother with two kids better get one of the young ones a paper route like I had when the training wheels came off. Besides how much education does a cashier need to swipe an item through a scanner and ask :"did you find everthing ok?" Hell I used to run a cash register, the old fashion kind and had to know how to actually make change. All for 1.10 an hour. So whinners get a life and grow up a little.

BigEdSr 9 years, 3 months ago

To all os you wonderful posters here in the infalmed anti-walmart blog; I am not only a Missourian, but happen to work at the wonderful world of wally. I can almost guarantee that I probably make more than many of the walmart bashers posting here, and I am only a lowly stocker. In my many years there, I have seen a lot of people just like you; screaming I'll never shop there, and at the next sale, here you are, picking up what you can afford to buy here but not at your choice of retailers. My advice to you is keep up the bashing, and I'll see ya here next week...LOL!

kmat 9 years, 3 months ago

I have just one question to all the people that say they worked at WalMart and it was great.If is was so great working there, then why does everyone seem to be so unhappy, give really terrible service, never smile and generally appear to hate their jobs more than life itself?I only go there when I have to get something that only they have. My family refers to it as visiting hell.If they are so great to work for, then why was I last week, while there to purchase an expensive tv that unfortunately I couldn't get at Best Buy or NFM, not given any service at all? Three people standing around in electronics. After waiting, and waiting and waiting, I finally had to inturrupt their personal conversation to get help. You'd think someone spending a nice chunk of cash on a tv might get some service. I was treated like I was interrupting their very important work to have them get me the tv. I was very polite, but wanted to bash some heads in.So, why are the employees so rude and unhappy if it's so great to work there? Oh, and if you don't think all they sell is cheap Chinese cr*p, then go in there and try to purchase the things you would normally get (not groceries) and see how much of it you can get that isn't Chinese.

John Yocum 9 years, 3 months ago

Hi all. I continue to laugh at the Wal-Mart haters out there for many reasons. First, my family couldn't afford to purchase all of our clothes or houshold needs from Kohl's, Target, and various downtown stores and still keep our budget in line. It's just a fact. Secondly, those who complain about Wal-Mart pay should take a job downtown and try to get starting pay equal to most of Wal-Mart's jobs, or even try to get a raise for that matter. Thirdly, lack of insurance is always a slam at Wal-Mart. Well kids, my wife has worked there for 23 years and has had better insurance than offered by my employer (the state of Kansas) all along. Her having the kids on her insurance was 1/3 the cost of what it would be for me to add them to mine, and it's better coverage. Finally, all the folks who complain about women getting overlooked for better paying jobs/management need to talk to people who still work there. My wife has been asked numerous times to go into the management program because she's a hard worker, but she has chosen not to because of her committment to our family. Are there problems with the Wal-Mart company? Yes. Are there problems with Kohl's? Yes. Are there problems with various businesses downtown? Yes. So don't call Wal-Mart the Evil Empire for it's "bad" business practices. I tend to look at the success of Wal-Mart as a result of our changing economy and family structure over the last 40 years.

akt2 9 years, 3 months ago

I literally shop at Wal-Mart once a year. I might spend $100. I just don't care for it. But I say more power to the Wal-Mart shoppers. Enjoy your new store. Spend your money anywhere you damn well please. I know you will, and I know that the parking lot will be packed everyday and every night.

KUGreenMachine 9 years, 3 months ago

Few things:-I think that this Walmart will stay busy, but not to the extent of the other Walmart in town. I don't think it will have the business that the Walmart execs are hoping for. -Also, do you really think that other businesses would want to move into any of that real estate over there? Yes, it's a nicer side of town, but look at a good number of businesses on the other side of the street. Numerous restaraunts can't even stay in business over there. I think its too much of a risk, especially in this economy.-Why would Dillons add on a huge expansion? Did you know that certain vendors won't even deliver to them because of the lack of business that store does? I guess it doesn't matter because they are owned by a giant coorporation of Kroger, so theres nothing to lose, but I think they are going to seriously regret that decision in the future when it comes time to pay the bills.-As much as I dislike Walmart, I do have to say that if you are comparing their wages to any other retailer out there that employs cashiers, it is about the same. A majority of cashiers consist of high school to college students who are not living on their own and are supported by their parents. They have jobs normally as extra spending money. If not, normally cashiers have two jobs, meaning they are only working part time. Full time cashiers are rare about anywhere. Lastly, being a cashier takes no skill what so ever, other than learning how to check...which takes about an hour. Therefore, the majority of jobs which happen to be cashiers, get paid the least due to the tiny amount of skill actually required to perform that job.-If you want to save jobs in your city you will merely not buy groceries at WalMart. Grocery stores employ more people than all of the other businesses combined that are in direct competition. So, go buy your cheap bathroom gear, and your paint, and your gold fish food at Walmart, just don't buy their groceries....Think of it this way, Wal-Mart is getting food from the cheapest bidder..Is that really what you want??

JayCat_67 9 years, 3 months ago

Flaming Dragon'That's not a glove... Might cover a thumb or couple of fingers though...

local_support 9 years, 3 months ago

^^^Any idea what this guy is talking about? I can't make sense of his gibberish.

local_support 9 years, 3 months ago

The American Dream is to work a minimum wage job at Wal-Mart?

monkeyhawk 9 years, 3 months ago

A few years ago I did not like to go into WalMart much. I want to thank those in our community who are so opposed to this particular chain for showing me the errors of my ways. I now shop at WalMart frequently just to spite the merrills of Nutland. I will never support any of their haunts or causes, and I actually gauge which candidates and issues to vote against based on whom and what the merrills advocate.

rusty2 9 years, 3 months ago

Liberty One - wishful thinking.....WalMart is absolutely NOT known for benefit packages or high pay rates.

Jeff Kilgore 9 years, 3 months ago

People save enough money at wm to offset some job losses. And the world itself is made safer when a country with 1.3b have employment. I've read that through wm, whose business practices are sometimes suspect, people have saved 2T in lower cost goods. It's a trade off. When it's bad for Americans WM won't exist. I think that this is a nonissue. AND I'm a liberal democrat.

Steve Jacob 9 years, 3 months ago

Checkers does not pay anything, does anyone care? Wal-Mart is probably the "greenest" company out there and the left does not care. If you don't like it, don't go. If you want to pay more for your "stuff" to support a better wage for workers, go to HyVee or Dillions.

gerbilsniper 9 years, 3 months ago

not gonna read all the posts...but long story short:Dont like Wal-Mart...dont shop there thenDont like making 7 bucks an hour...get a masters degreei buy my food at Checkers, my paint at Westlake, and my toilet paper at wal-mart.

John Yocum 9 years, 3 months ago

"WalMart is absolutely NOT known for benefit packages or high pay rates"Rusty2 - have you talked to anyone who works there? Did you read my note above? They have multiple insurance plans to choose from, profit sharing (good deal for my wife and I since they are a high-profit company), quarterly bonuses for employees based on the profit of the store (one of which we used to go to Colorado last fall), employee discount on products, matching 401K deposits, Christmas bonuses. Gee, what a bad benefits package. Guess my wife should look elsewhere.

knowyourfacts 9 years, 3 months ago

good lord. people in lawrence complain way to much.You Walmart bashers should atleast know what you are saying before bashing it. Considering I used to work there, id like to enlighten you all.- You would be surprised to know that management there makes incredible money. Store managers make 100 plus, Co-Managers make around 80000. And assistant managers are in the 60 range. There is always management positions open making it easy to move up in the company. not bad for a company that doesnt pay good wages.-To the moron that said all profit goes to china..haha ya not even close. Quarterly profit is split up amongst the hourly workers at each store. Again, know what your talking about.-If you dont like what WalMart stands for, dont shop there. Although I know most of the bashers on here have spent money at walmart in the past month.-Back to the wage point....janitors make 9.50. enough said.- The company pushes and pushes its associates to sign up for health benefits. If an associate working there doesnt have it, its only their fault.Do I need to keep going? People in Lawrence just love to complain about anything and everything. Get over yourselves. Rant over.-

Brad Maestas 9 years, 3 months ago

Can't stand the place. Haven't set foot in one in over six years. I was hoping that they wouldn't build another one but this IS Wal-Mart we're talking about. I was elated when the borough of Queens told them to shove it and I don't miss them here in Brooklyn either. You'd think one would be enough for a city the size of Lawrence but it is at least slightly comforting that the new store will be much smaller than originally planned. A few weeks ago I watched "Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price" and while I kind of knew what to expect, it was still a very sobering look at the voracious appetite and horrible business practices of this bloated giant.

fu7il3 9 years, 3 months ago

"Well, I guess the answer to that depends on whether something else would have gone into the space, something that paid its employees better and provided a better working environment. "Like what? There are empty buildings all over Lawrence where businesses could go in to. 253 positions would make that store alone the 18th largest employer in Douglas County according to the chamber of commerce website. I find it hard to believe you can claim something else would have just as many jobs.As far as work conditions and pay, how many of the stores down on Mass pay all of their employees a living wage and give them full benefit packages?If you are going off customer service, I've gotten just as bad on Mass. Some of you are being blinded by your own loathing for Wal-Mart and capitalism in general.253 jobs are available that weren't before. How can you argue against that? Maybe they aren't great jobs, but they are jobs. Are they under the poverty line? I really don't know. But I do know that if your income is zero, you are definitely below it.

Alexander Neighbors 9 years, 3 months ago

325 part time jobs with no benifits ............awesome did i mention minimumwage.....

Chris Ogle 9 years, 3 months ago

Walmart, where the fat lady goes, and she always knows the fat lady going the other direction, while I wait.

kmat 9 years, 3 months ago

I'm still wondering if any of these wm employees that say it's so great will explain why in the store they seem miserable, are always grumpy and treat the customers like cr*p. None of them will respond to that.And they wouldn't need to hire that many employees if they weren't always standing around doing nothing. There's never a time I go there that you don't see employees standing around talking to each other, ignoring the customers. And I will say their produce their sucks. It goes bad way before anything I get at Dillons.

newshound25 9 years, 3 months ago

It would be interesting if Wal-mart unionized if then there would be so many Wal-mart haters. Also, Target sells many of the same items made in foreign countries and I don't hear nearly has much negative comments on that store. Though, I don't believe Target is unionized either. Why are so many people against success? Just a thought.

lounger 9 years, 3 months ago

The Air is ripe for this sort of mistake. Bad economy doesnt mean Wal-mart. This is very sad. Lawrence Does NOT need this! Another s*itty Wal-mart in town. Moving out to the country is looking better and better...

jonas_opines 9 years, 3 months ago

"I call out your lying and I'm the trip, wildsun22? I'm thinking you've been smoking a bit too much weed."Are you suggesting that weed smokers don't shop at Walmart? I think I've spotted some there from time to time.

black_butterfly 9 years, 3 months ago

I agree with Kmat. Although Target is more expensive than Wal-Mart, I prefer to shop at Target because Wal-Mart employees are either rude or just look down-right unhappy. They are not helpful at all. If you go in the store anytime after 9 p.m. watch out because the stockers will be working and they act like you are in their way if you try to shop while they are stocking those shelves!!! They won't even move their carts of boxes if they see you need to get to a product. It's great that they are bringing more jobs to Lawrence.I don't think that they pay minimum wage. I think they start out at $8. an hour, however someone needs to tell their employees to at least smile at customers.

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