'The Final Urban Assault' On Your Local Supermarket

Wal-Mart is on the offensive in L.A., using all kinds of tactics – including a ballot referendum – to ensure its longevity in southern California.
October 10, 2003, 6am PDT | David Gest
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Controversy has erupted as Wal-Mart attempts to expand its Supercenter model (think big-box on steroids) to the Los Angeles area. The addition of groceries to the already huge menu of Wal-Mart goods is the key point of contention. Union members of competing supermarket chains are worried about the corporation’s reputation for low wages, and a local councilman wants to keep Wal-Mart’s growth on the city’s terms. While opponents attempt to pass a law banning grocery sales in big-box stores, Wal-Mart and its supporters (who praise the lowered cost of food and the corporation’s local buying power) are trying to beat them to the punch.

Thanks to David Gest

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Published on Thursday, October 9, 2003 in LA Weekly
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