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Wal-Mart files suit over retaining wall built at Sixth and Wakarusa store

August 3, 2011

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Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has filed a lawsuit in federal court alleging a Minnesota-based company was negligent in supervising construction of a retaining wall on property of the Lawrence store near Sixth Street and Wakarusa Drive.

According to the suit filed Monday and assigned to U.S. District Judge Carlos Murguia in Kansas City, Kan., Wal-Mart alleges New Technology Resources Inc., doing business as Millenia Wall Solutions, provided retaining wall and construction supervision services for the wall in 2008 while the store was being built.

The suit alleges the wall was defectively constructed and failed, necessitating Wal-Mart to demolish it and rebuild it at a cost of more than $75,000. Wal-Mart is seeking monetary damages from the demolition and reconstruction of the wall. In a February 2009 letter from Millenia Wall Solutions that was attached to the suit, the company said it believed the retaining wall “should perform as expected” once a fence that was placed against a portion of the wall was removed.

The store at 550 Congressional Drive in northwestern Lawrence opened in April 2009.

A man who answered the phone Wednesday at a number listed for the Minneapolis-based company said the company had been out of business “for quite some time.”

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jesse499 2 years, 8 months ago

Sort of fitting that the shoes on the other foot so to speak maybe they can take the JUNK they bought to Customer Service.

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jayhawxrok 2 years, 8 months ago

lunacy, obvious you've never read the building codes.

And yes, Wally world wants it all done on the cheap, hence 70% chinese inventory and out of state low bid contractors. Sometimes you get what you pay for and sure seems like Walmart could have avoided it even with the questionable outfit, if they had a decent project manager on sight, familiar with code and empowered to hold the contractor accountable or fire them.

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Jimo 2 years, 8 months ago

"A man who answered the phone Wednesday at a number listed for the Minneapolis-based company said the company had been out of business “for quite some time.”'

A. You get what you pay for. B. Why Minneapolis? Were there no Kansas companies who could build a wall?

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jesse499 2 years, 8 months ago

Their going to have to start getting their buildings built in China like evrything else.

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lunacydetector 2 years, 8 months ago

why were they required to have such a massive retaining wall in the first place? someone mentioned a fake window falling off. why were they required to have a giant fake window in the first place? lawrence kansas, that's why.

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imastinker 2 years, 8 months ago

Notice the word Negligent. They hired a low bidder from Minnesota and they are now suing the guy for his personal assets because his company is closed down. There are local companies that would have been happy to do this and are still in business.

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smot 2 years, 8 months ago

I opened up this article fulling expecting to see the usual bashing of Wal Mart which occurs everytime this company is mentioned in the LJW. You folks never cease to meet my expectations. If only you put as much time into making a successful business yourselves as you put into attacking Wal Mart at every opportunity. Wla Mart experienced shoddy construction of a retaining wall performed in the construction of their building...you all make it sound as if this only happens at discount retailers....this is simply not the case.

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EarthaKitt 2 years, 8 months ago

The whole place is going to look (more) awful in about five years -- store maintenance falls off, landscaping dies, parking lot deteriorates -- and then we'll have blighted big box stores on two corners of town!

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Number_1_Grandma 2 years, 8 months ago

Walmart is about being cheap. They hire 'another' cheap company to build a wall. In a couple of years, that wall no longer any good and has to be rebuilt at added expense. Does anyone else see the parody of these two companies and what they stand for.....LOL

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overthemoon 2 years, 8 months ago

When you hire contractors on the walmart principle, low price over quality, you get what you pay for. I"m guessing they got a bunch of bids and this company's estimates were way below the next lowest bidder and they hired 'em on the spot.

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nschmi04 2 years, 8 months ago

Good luck winning that battle, Mr. Defendent.

Big business is good for lowering prices. Big Business is bad for eating up little people. Walmart, while making significant gains in their reputation, is still a P.O.S. company.

What a bunch of "Royals Owning Douchebags."

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boxers_or_briefs 2 years, 8 months ago

Are they going to sue about the fake window that has fallen off on the west side too?

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