California's Chilly Welcome For Wal-Mart

'Always low prices' are no longer always enough for a retail giant to build more stores.
April 9, 2004, 7am PDT | Chris Steins | @urbaninsight
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"The giant chain's tactics of going around reluctant local officials to woo local voters is likely to continue in some cases and in new forms. The retailer has gotten voters or officials in other California cities to repeal prohibitive ordinances against "big box" stores, including Contra Costa in the north and Calexico in the south.... After announcing last year it would build 40 supercenters in California, the chain has opened only one unopposed - in La Quinta, a desert community 200 miles east of L.A. The city of Oakland last year banned Wal-Mart from its communities and San Diego recently passed an ordinance to keep 'big boxes' out."

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Published on Thursday, April 8, 2004 in The Christian Science Monitor
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