by Grand Forks Herald
November 26, 2012 at 3:20 pm in Grand Forks Herald
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Tags: Devils Lake, North Dakota, updates, walmart 19 Comments »
A bigger Walmart, will give some competition to Leevers grocery stores, that are in Devils Lake.
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Just what Devils Lake needs: Another liquor store; and another Communist Chinese Outlet Center that’s under-staffed and under-paying. Wal-Mart would rather have the publicity for giving “donations” to charity than to put the money toward realistic and ethical wages.
We should build another Wal-Mart in Grand Forks, because we don’t have enough slave-wage jobs here–or enough junk merchandise on the shelves of all the other retailers.
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So minimum wage is slave labor? If so you need to blame the people that set the minimum wage.
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Business sets the minimum wage. Corporate conglomerates like Wal-Mart have a stranglehold over government. Laws are created to serve financial capital, not the people.
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Any odds on how many other local businesses this will put out of business? I’m guessing at least one grocery store. Walmart has hurt the US economy more than it has helped. They have the leverage to lower prices below other competitor’s cost and they also have the power to pay suppliers what and when they feel like paying. If you don’t like what Walmart will pay you for your product, they will pull it from their shelves and your production gets cut severely. If you accept their offer, it’s likely at a break even for the manufacturer and then they’ll try to get a price that is actually below your production cost so you lose money.
But that’s what America wants, cheap junk. Walmart won’t be happy until they have a monopoly on every midsized town in America.
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Like or hate Wal-Mart, they will not put any grocery store out of business in Devils Lake. There already is a monopoly in DL where grocery stores are concerned. Since the sale of Wally’s, the only options people in that area have is Leever’s or the Casino grocery store. The Casino grocery store is good but for those looking for a few more options or who don’t want to brave the road construction, there is no other option other than Leever’s. I shop my locally-owned businesses quite frequently. But I don’t care for it when a business has used sneaky tactics buy out it’s competition and then jack-up prices. I guess I don’t understand how that is good for the economy either. But I’m sure I will get a lesson…
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Considering the fact that the grocery stores in Devils Lake (all owned by the same company) charge more per pound for cheap 80% hamburger than Hugo’s in Grand Forks charges for beef roast, I say; It’s about time we get another grocery store, even if it is Wal-Mart.
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I heard milk was really high in Devils Lake. Is that true?
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Groceries are higher than reasonable in DL. Walmart has been trying to expand in DL for years. The merchants don’t want it for one reason. They want to keep prices high. And don’t think for a minute that they pay higher wages or offer better benefits than Walmart does.
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Do you folks have any concerns about Wal-Mart expanding outside current city limits? What about abandoning their current location, who will move into a building of that size in a small city? Why isn’t expanding their current site a viable option? What will happen your downtown as more and more businesses and traffic are siphoned off to the new site? Why does it seem like a routine thing for cities to just go and put in new infrastructure at Wal-Mart’s beck and call? At what cost to taxpayers, initially, and then long term, to provide emergency services, snow removal, etc?
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Sounds like Devils Lake will be the owner of another indoor ice rink once Walmart relocates.
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Levers owns all the land around the current Wal-Mart so they can not expand there. Also the city is going to annex the land where the new store will be.
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I can agree in principle. However, I have tried Wal-Mart meats, and it doesn’t seem as fresh.
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I used to shop at WM when I lived down south because it had killed all of the other businesses in town except the bank. The building I worked in was the old Pamida. their meat has never been anything more than water loaded junk. I quit buying it down there after the 3rd national recall and started driving an hour to Dallas to purchase at a butcher.. I have never looked back and still refuse to shop there. Support the small businesses that don’t send their employees to social services to supplement their income (or lack thereof)
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Interesting that so many people (working) at my local Walmart are the same faces I have been seeing since they opened, almost 20 years ago. There are literally pages and pages of job openings posted in the Fargo area on the ND Job Service website. I wonder why so many people would CHOOSE to stay at a job where they not only had to WORK 40 hours a week…but needed to also demean themselves, by begging “social services to supplement their income”???
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Yes their mystery meat lacks the same flavor of regular grade meat. It is one thing I will not buy there. The meat at Sam’s Club is good though. Gas was $3.089 at the Sam’s Club in Bloomington last week…and the line was long, too long for me.
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Sounds like several here are clueless…there’s a shock!
First, Walmart is not the devil, nor are they some outlet for China (also NOT the devil). What is it with you repucklicants, that you have to FEAR everything? Ever listen to those nauseating right wing talk shows? Every 3 minutes something is deemed ‘scary’. They thrive on instilling fear into the masses. Its worked too, as the gullible have taken it in (see above)…hook, line and sinker.
Next, I hate to break this to you…but the ‘mom and pop’ market plan is outdated and no longer viable in a country of 350 million. If I have to elaborate on the reasons…you’re beyond help.
There is no real “downtown” in Devils Lake. Most of the commerce is along/right off the highway. The current Walmart is woefully inadequate for the demands on it…and has been for a couple years. Last time I was in there, they had merchandise piled up in the aisles. The building looked old and run down. I believe it used to be a Pamida, or some such outlet…a local resident may be able to confirm. The traffic along ND 2 (to and from the oil patch) has made this store a booming business. It makes more sense to move it out along 2 (outside of town) to make access easier for travelers, big rigs, equipment haulers, fishing customers towing boats…etc. There may also be flooding concerns at the current location…hence the plan to move just OUTSIDE of town.
Lastly, the people of the area will greatly benefit from (and appreciate) a large, well stocked, state of the art facility…which Walmart will provide. Those who bemoan/fear this facility should remain paranoid in their basement bunkers, while the rest of us carry on with life.
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You are right Pete. Walmart is not the devil and neither is China. I think people should speak a little nicer of their banker. China didn’t force us to borrow money from them.
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While I am not a total fan of Walmart, don’t knock the Devils Lake Walmart over its wages.
Kmart in DL has been there along time. Their wages are not that great either. In the mid-1980′s, the starting wage at Kmart was five cents over minimum wage ($3.35) then.
I used to shop in Kmart stores. In 1990, I went to Arkansas and walked into a WalMart store in Little Rock. The store was neat and well stocked. 20 some years later, WalMart has pushed KMart aside. Kmart even went broke.
Kmart was paying low wages to its employees, long before WalMart moved into North Dakota.
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