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Are you glad there is a second Wal-Mart in town?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on April 30, 2009

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“Yes … I think they needed one on that end of town.”

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“No, I’m not. I feel like one was excessive.”

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“No. I think that it does pull business away from the local businesses that we have.”

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“I didn’t know there was one.”

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RoeDapple 9 years, 1 month ago

“I didn’t know there was one.”

— Alex Parmelee, medical student, Greeley, Colo.

Uh, Doctor, I'd like a second opinion................

RoeDapple 9 years, 1 month ago

I give it 5 years. Then Walmart will announce expansion plans doubling the existing size of the new store, complaints will follow and Walmart will have it their way. Eventually 4 blocks of downtown Lawrence will be leveled for a new Sam's Club. Then I will shop downtown again

scaramouchepart2 9 years, 1 month ago

You can tell that the JW supported this with all the stupid articles on it. Wish JW would give free advertizing to a business that needs it.

roger_o_thornhill 9 years, 1 month ago

Where's Tesco? Would be nice if someone else were giving the Great-Wal a run for its money. Sure wasn't much fanfare over new store opening. I drive by everyday and couldn't tell for the last couple of weeks whether the joint was open or not. On the rare occasions I find myself dodging knuckleheads and unattended children @ the Great-Wal (I know not everyone is like that there, it is just that those are the people that actually require a strategy in order to maneuver around. Everyone else understands how to act in public. Plus the aisles there are remarkably narrow for such large stores) , I ain't giving them money that I wasn't already going to give to another mega-corporation. I wish they did things better, but I vote with my dollars (both of them) and avoid the Wal until I can't ignore it anymore. I hope the new one is less zany than the other one--if I am going, I'd at least like a fighting chance. I hope they get on the trolley a bit with reigning in the "maximize profits at all costs" folks (that was supposed to be sort of a joke, but I don't think it worked so well). know, "at all costs" ,,,you know, because you'd really want to minimize costs in order to maximize profits...he he. Seriously though,

Chris Ogle 9 years, 1 month ago

As original bob would say, move on. Let the SLT begin,

preebo 9 years, 1 month ago

RoeDapple - you don't like downtown? Good move west. I hear Topeka has three Wal-Marts. Sound like your kinda place, huh?

I did like your retort from yesterday. Ha, Superman in dirty underwear, nice.

gccs14r 9 years, 1 month ago

I do not shop at Wal-Mart. The new one is just another one to not get my business. Wal-Mart has nothing I want that cannot be purchased elsewhere.

Sheila Hooper White 9 years, 1 month ago

I'm glad to see it open. Nothing against local business, I was born and raised here, so I say support them when you can. I though can not afford to buy clothes downtown, expect during the sidewalk sale. I have a family and my children would each have 1 shirt, 1 pair of pants, 1 pair of shoes, etc.(you get the pic), if I had to shop downtown. I do like the second hand stores also. We do love some of the eating establishments and frequent them when we can. We also enjoy the Watkins Museum and just walking down Mass on a nice Sunday afternoon.

So in short I say support them both. If you don't like Walmart don't shop there, that's just less people I have to worry about. I will continue to support both.

Practicality 9 years, 1 month ago

Alright, now all we need is a costco or a Sam's Club.

Mary Darst 9 years, 1 month ago

And's the same old thing. 3 threads about it??? And autie is right..the meat is tainted!!!!!!

Chris Ogle 9 years, 1 month ago

Glad would never be my feelings when I am required to go there.

prospector- I share your misery.... but they do have fishing tackle..... so off I go to Wally World, mask and all..

Linda Aikins 9 years, 1 month ago

Andini is in the house!

I avoid wal-to-wal mart for the most part. They are one of the few places that sell really pretty MATCHING (in caps) bras and panties. Oh, and lures. Wait - is that the same thing?

Flap Doodle 9 years, 1 month ago

Do they have white box Winchester .45ACP in stock?

Chris Ogle 9 years, 1 month ago

MD, quit picking on us.... just because we like to fish and modify our tackle boxes.... oh,whoops, better stop now while I still have a chance. might of just outed myself.

Leslie Swearingen 9 years, 1 month ago

"Nobody likes to shop at WalMart. Nobody. The other shoppers hurt you, sometimes very badly."

I would love to have details about this. Did you require an ambulance and a trip to the hospital? Bones broken? Bruises? You can't just leave us hanging like this. I can assure you I have never been hurt at Walmart, physically or emotionally and I have shopped there a couple of days a week for years. I love to shop at Walmart and I am not the only one. I don't need to go to another store for anything. I enjoy kids just being kids, I don't like it when parents are really repressive to their children.

Jaminrawk 9 years, 1 month ago

I'm not to excited about it. Wal Mart kills small business then offers those workers jobs at ridiculously low salaries and meager benefits. Oh, and the bathrooms and eating areas are always disgusting.

Flap Doodle 9 years, 1 month ago

Irish, Andini is referring to an inside LJW joke. He posted that same text talking about football a couple of years ago & it gets hauled out & re-edited to fit new topics. I've posted it myself a couple of time.

Flap Doodle 9 years, 1 month ago

Prospector, well, dunk my hat in the creek. I've been going around thinkin andini was the original author of that. I sit corrected.

Leslie Swearingen 9 years, 1 month ago

prospector thanks for the link. I read the comments. It's funny what gets people all worked up isn't it? Do you remember who The Hammer was and what team he played for? And, who was it that took him down? I know, because I was there at the game. I love football, absolutely, totally and completely.

bluerayborn 9 years, 1 month ago

Hey Y'all... WalMart sucks. The Merc sucks! Let's get a Trader Joe's!!!

bluerayborn 9 years, 1 month ago

Yes Spacehog. That 80 cent toothbrush is likely from China, likely toxic and made by a 3 year old child in awful factory conditions. But at least you saved a buck twenty.

jonas_opines 9 years, 1 month ago

"Andini is the genious that started inserting different subjects where football was originally placed."

Not to burst bubbles, but that's been going on in Fark's commentary boards for a long time. That particular quote did not start with Ben Berteldes.

Meatwad 9 years, 1 month ago

Definitely not. They won't be happy until they have put nearly every store and type of business out of business. Then we will have no choices except to buy their cheap, poor quality crap, which they will then have a monopoly on and raise prices. Their prices on some things are cheaper but not everything. They just hope to lure you in with the few cheaply priced things so you'll then buy everything else too.

RoeDapple 9 years, 1 month ago

spacehog I get a new toothbrush every six months from my dentist. Last one cost $88.00 (he probably got it from Walmart)

gccs14r 9 years, 1 month ago

I get mine from the dentist, too, along with dental floss.

Sharon Aikins 9 years, 1 month ago

Autie, isn't that "Oui French pinko commies?" Sorry, couldn't resist. I live near the new Walmart. I'm afraid to leave my house for fear of being hit by those falling prices. My biggest fear is that after years of avoiding the place I might now be temped, Lord help me, to set foot in the new one. Everyone tells me not to buy meat there. Speaking of fishing, lure the suckers in. Once bought some clothing there that almost lasted one season. Even purchased health and beauty items cheaper at the grocery store. Before the new store, I would have had to drive about 30 minutes. The savings in gas and time were worth it to me to buy a toothbrush for $2.00. I'll probably check it out in a few weeks when the furor dies down, assuming there is one. Then I'll head back to the grocery store and the internet like usual for my shopping.

Deja Coffin 9 years, 1 month ago

No I'm not happy because they're both equally far away from me and a pain in the butt to get to. Plus I've gone to the new walmart 3 times thinking it was supposed to be open the first of April and it wasn't. I'm guessing by this question that it finally is open. Now if they would have put the walmart at Tanger Outlet.....that would have been really nice!!!

Linda Aikins 9 years, 1 month ago

MD, wow - I was busy yesterday and didn't get back here. As usual, all awesome posts! Thanks for the idea - however, I've already made the tackle box and bunker calendars, so we need to move to something else. Maybe a bobblehead with matching bobbling, well, never mind.

TOB, at least if you are posting to yourself, you can set yourself up to post clever things back. Wait - some people already do that! :)

Richard Heckler 9 years, 1 month ago

Articles on Corporate Welfare and Corporate Tax Issues Corporate Tax Evasion and Tax Rate Issues

Apr 2007 Big Tax Breaks for Big Boxes (Syracuse Post Register)

Feb 2007 Wal-Mart Cuts Taxes by Paying Rent to Itself (Wall St. Journal)

Feb 2007 Wal-Mart: Always Low Taxes (Baltimore Sun)

ralphralph 9 years, 1 month ago

Did somebody up there say Tyson chicken was OK? Gag me! It's shot full of sugar water and who knows what else, and tastes very little like good chicken ought to. Tyson is awful ... read the ingredients and see how much of it is something besides chicken.

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