The Real Cost Of Walmart's Discounts

Why have nearly 200 communities fought to keep big-box stores out?
July 7, 2003, 10am PDT | Abhijeet Chavan | @legalaidtech
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"Wal-Mart's nonunion, big-box stores drag down other workers' salaries, destroy downtown businesses, prevent smart-growth development and increase traffic congestion. What really surprised me though is that we, the taxpayers, end up subsidizing Wal-Mart stores by paying for the health and retirement needs of its workers.Wal-Mart has announced its intention to open 40 new supercenter stores -- each the size of four football fields -- in such fast-growing California suburban areas as Contra Costa County.But Contra Costa County has fought back."

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Published on Tuesday, July 1, 2003 in Akron Beacon Journal
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