Despite months of protest and questions about the symbolism of opening a Wal-Mart next to the pyramids of the ancient city of Teotihuacan, the store quietly opened Thursday.
Wal-Mart had refused to publicize a date for its opening, but news spread by word-of-mouth. The dispute in Teotihuacan a town built next to the ruins of the 2,000-year-old metropolis has illustrated how the allure of low prices and U.S. lifestyles often wins out in Mexico. ... Wal-Mart is now Mexico's biggest retailer after buying up numerous Mexican chains in recent years, including companies like Bodega Aurrera.
Thanks to Laura Kranz