Walmart: Do You Love Them or Hate Them?

Our Patch Question of the Week is about Walmart, the super successful company that so many people love to hate. What do you think of the company's expansion in and around Atlanta?


Walmart is one of those companies that many people love to hate.

Just north of the Decatur city limits, Walmart and Selig Enterprises hope to shopping center in the first half of 2013 to make way for a new Walmart Supercenter. The project has sparked angry protests from nearby residents and talk of a lawsuit to stop the project, but some people do support it.

In Sandy Springs, the city council quickly passed a moratorium on all big box stores, apparently after hearing rumors that Walmart wanted to come to town.

Walmart broke ground in the Westside Village in March despite complaints from some area residents that the company didn't do enough to design an attractive building, as it has in other locations. That store is expected to create 200 jobs and become a badly needed source of fresh groceries for the English Avenue and Vine City neighborhoods when it opens in early 2013.

And a Walmart neighborhood market _ the company's version of a neighborhood grocery store _ is reportedly moving into the Tucker Square shopping center. Because of their smaller size and focus on food, these stores haven't sparked the kind of anger that the supercenters often do.

So what do you think of Walmart? Do you see this store as serving an essential need? Is it just hip to hate Walmart? Tell us what you think in the comments area below.

John McGrew September 20, 2012 at 07:22 PM
Then don't shop there. Dollars speak louder than words.
Nathan Schwinn September 20, 2012 at 08:19 PM
Patch has a thing for Wal-Mart. This is about the 5th Wal-Mart related story they have run. Durn Lib'ral press, give it a rest and don't be such suck-ups for page hits.
Miles Rich September 20, 2012 at 09:43 PM
Most of Walmart's stock is no longer owned by the Walton family. The stockholders win, but you are correct, very few other people do. It is a downhill spiral to bottom.
Miles Rich September 20, 2012 at 09:46 PM
Why is it, Nathan Schwinn, when you don't like the story, even though the story is true, you attack the messenger. There have always been newspapers with liberal or conservative editorial pages. It just so happens that more journalists are progressive or lean left because they are more open minded, but most professional journalists attempt to be fair and report a story accurately. I am sure you watch the Fox News Channel, on which there is very little news, and almost none of it is Fair or Balanced.
Laura September 20, 2012 at 10:33 PM
Walmart is the largest private employer in this country and the largest corporation in the WORLD. They have invested millions in organizations that influence public policy in this country. Considering the impact walmart has on every one of us -- even those of us who refuse to shop there -- I would say that five stories is not that many.


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