A.M. Briefing: Ready for 3 Wal-Marts? - Coeur d'Alene Press: Local News

A.M. Briefing: Ready for 3 Wal-Marts?

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Posted: Tuesday, June 22, 2010 9:13 am

The sentiment around the hiring center for the new Wal-Marts in Post Falls and Hayden is that three Wal-Marts in Kootenai County isn't a crowd.

Applicants cited the area's need for jobs, even though they're not high-paying ones. They do offer benefits after a waiting period. Applicants also liked that the company spurs on competition to keep prices low and that customers don't have to drive far. But we know there's two sides to the great Wal-Mart debate, including the possibility of driving out existing businesses and traditional heightened crime around the stores. The new Post Falls store opens Aug. 18 and Hayden mid-September. Is three a crowd? - Brian Walker


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  • Triumph posted at 10:06 pm on Wed, Jun 23, 2010.

    Triumph Posts: 586

    It's certianly no fun to have big competition come into town for local's. But it is fair. It's the free market, and it works. Local retailers just need to make customers want to shop with them instead of WalMart. It's that simple!! Compete!!

  • sharetheplanet posted at 7:02 am on Wed, Jun 23, 2010.

    sharetheplanet Posts: 809


    Yes wall street is to blame alone with the American "consumer" that has to buy every piece of KR@P that comes along. Things we dont need but want just for the sake of having one.

    "Look hun, we aint got one o deeez things har." "What is it?" "I aint gotta clue, but we aint got one soze we be needin it."

  • taxpayer posted at 5:40 am on Wed, Jun 23, 2010.

    taxpayer Posts: 343

    why not

    China is the game and who is to blame?

    wall street

  • Dick Head posted at 5:25 am on Wed, Jun 23, 2010.

    Dick Head Posts: 26

    In my 40 years of construction, Wal*Mart is hands down, without a doubt, the worst people I have ever worked for. This cult thinks the sun rises and sets on them and no one else matters. It is unfortunate to have 4 now in driving distance of CDA. Won't be long until 2 are closed.

  • The Golden Mean posted at 1:44 am on Wed, Jun 23, 2010.

    The Golden Mean Posts: 4213

    Wal Mart Zombie need save $.25 on Dorritos!
    Wal Mart Zombie need save $.15 on Mountian Dew!
    Wal Mart Zombie need save $.85 on new XXXL sweat pants!

  • lisser posted at 3:03 pm on Tue, Jun 22, 2010.

    lisser Posts: 25

    Even one Wal-mart is too many. Big box stores do nothing for local economy. Its hard to avoid them 100% of the time, but everyone should shop locally as much as their budgets allow. Wal-mart is the worst of the worst of big box enterprises. I hope Coeur d' Alene never allows one, but I'm very disappointed that its littering my visual landscape when I drive to Hayden.

    Please PLEASE support your local businesses as much as possible.

  • Why Not posted at 11:41 am on Tue, Jun 22, 2010.

    Why Not Posts: 4820

    Operations model aside, killing off local business; that is only part of the picture. The larger picture is that companies like Wall Mart are killing the competitive, creative and professional aspects of our once dynamic job market. Made in China is becoming engineered in China and eventually every part of "cheap" product development and marketing will be in China. The flip side of this, cheap manufacturing is under pressure in China’s dynamic jobs machine so the next ports of call, Vietnam and Cambodia, suburbs of the Big Red Machine. Owning those markets as they do, and by contracting mineral and resource rights all over Africa, China is the game and who is to blame?

  • not from around here posted at 10:31 am on Tue, Jun 22, 2010.

    not from around here Posts: 23

    It's part of the business model. You'll see three Wal-Marts until the local competition is killed off. Then, Wal-Mart will close their lowest performer, raising revenue and profits on the remaining two. Local businesses need to brace themselves.

  • Lunacy Watch posted at 10:29 am on Tue, Jun 22, 2010.

    Lunacy Watch Posts: 176

    This unhealthy concentration of big box retailers in a low wage economy as we have here in north Idaho, despite advertised "low prices", will eventually prove a longer term negative simply because of the enormous amount of money being sucked out of the economy faster than local wealth creation can replace the loss.

  • posted at 9:43 am on Tue, Jun 22, 2010.


    Labor Department folks warn that in other areas where Wal-Mart has built new facilities, they've closed existing ones within a year or so. It will be interesting to see how this all works out.

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