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  •  My (quite conservative) hometown (11+ / 0-)

    had a Wal-Mart (on the very edge of town, of course) up until the mid-90s or so.  Then Wal-Mart decided they wanted to upgrade the old Wal-Mart into a Super Center but would need some tax breaks or else they'd move up the road into an unincorporated section of the county.

    My hometown basically told them to take a hike.

    29, white male, TX-07 (current), TN-09 (born), TN-08 (where parents live now)

    by TDDVandy on Mon Feb 24, 2014 at 10:30:08 AM PST

    •  That's rare... (3+ / 0-)
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      chimpy, YucatanMan, TDDVandy

      Usually Wal-Mart gets what they want.  They did in my town.  Tore down a chicken processing plant to build one.  And there are other Wal-Mart super centers within a few miles.  The excuse was that the town was losing tax dollars by people going to the next town to shop.  Short term, stupid thinking.  They could have put a magnate store their and leap-frogged everyone else.

      “Socialism never took root in America because the poor see themselves not as an exploited proletariat but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires.” - John Steinbeck (Disputed)

      by RichM on Mon Feb 24, 2014 at 10:41:13 AM PST

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        mattc129

        My hometown was a rather upper-middle-class suburb that basically felt it could do without Wal-Mart.  Aside from which, they essentially looked at it as "if we can't get tax revenue from Wal-Mart, then what the hell is the point of having them in town?"

        29, white male, TX-07 (current), TN-09 (born), TN-08 (where parents live now)

        by TDDVandy on Mon Feb 24, 2014 at 11:24:51 AM PST

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