Walmart faces rejection by feisty little town of Chanhassen

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Walmart, the biggest company in the world, is losing a fight with Chanhassen.
Walmart has thousands of gigantic stores across America, and dozens of them in the state of Minnesota. It employs millions of people, and sells tons of Chinese products to hundreds of millions more.

Chanhassen is a town of 23,000, perhaps best known, if at all, as the home of the largest dinner theater in America.

On its face, Walmart vs. Chanhassen doesn't seem like a fair fight. But, threatened with a proposed Walmart behemoth, little Chanhassen is pushing back with all its might, and just might be able to keep the biggest company in the world from setting up shop.

This is what would happen if Disney commissioned a movie directed by Michael Moore.

At a public meeting last night, concerned Chanhassenites filled one room, and then an overflow site, as they watched the city planning commission vote, unanimously, to reject the construction of a new Walmart.

The proposal of a 120,000-square foot super-duper Walmart drew citizens in droves, the Chanhassen Villager reports, with community development director Kate Aaneson saying it was the biggest turnout she's seen in two decades.

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Christy Walton and Jim Walton have tens of billions of dollars but want more from Chanhassen.
In the run-up to the meeting, a group called Chanhassen First started a petition to protest the new big-box store, and has collected more than 1,000 signatures already. On its website, Chanhassen First cites problems with traffic, policing, and the impact on competing local businesses as reasons to oppose a new Walmart in town. 

Last night, those same issues dominated the public hearing, with the Villager reporting that roughly one person is still in favor of building the Walmart: Walmart representative Lisa Nelson.

Nelson thinks people have misunderstandings about Walmart, which she said would add up to 300 jobs in Chanhassen. Research from Walmart indicates that the people of Chanhassen actually already shop at nearby Walmarts and other stores in surrounding Chaska, Shakopee, and Eden Prairie.

Further Walmart research indicates that the people of Chanhassen then drive home, where they talk quietly with their family, eat a large meal, and watch sports on television until they fall asleep. (Walmart knows all.) Nelson said putting a Walmart in town would "keep those dollars in Chanhassen," by which she of course means, "route those dollars to the children of Sam Walton, four of whom have more than $20 billion each."

The planning commission's rejection is a nonbinding recommendation, and the matter will now fall to the Chanhassen City Council's November 28 meeting.

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madmilker
madmilker

Wal*Mart makes a port deal in Mexico with the Hong Kong-based shipping company Hutchison Whampoa Ltd....

Do you know who owns Hutchison Whampoa Ltd.?

Wal*Mart hires an experienced lobbyist, field organizer and media relations strategist.....

He came from Edelman, a major global communications firm.....

the same firm that admitted it was behind fake blogs created for client Wal*Mart.....

Wal*Mart closed their office in Russia but hired a Russian that is said to have had "irretrievably soured relations" with First Deputy Prime Minister Viktor Zubkov and his team, and with most influential United Russia members back in 2009.

That same person was seeking to buy 25-51% of the chain Lenta a few months before Wal*Mart hired him.

oh!

this is about the 1% of the worst....

I would have to vote for Alice....

I think the state of Arkansas should put "Do you know who I am?" on a large Arkansas granite rocks and put those rocks at all the entrances to the state....

Nothing like spending over a billion dollars for an art building in the Ozarks with 120 employee's and a $120 million budget each year and right up the road Wal*Mart cut health care benefits to all their associates.

Do you know 1975 was the last year America had a trade surplus....

that was also the year Sam was east of Seoul listening to a "whistle while you work" song....

it was also the same year Jimmy Hoffa disappeared....

yeap!

Wal*Mart puts less than 5% foreign in all their stores in China which deprives all those nice people of China from buying foreign made items....

but with Wal*Mart shoving China made down the throats of the American consumers....

it purdy well keeps only the workers in China working....

A country runs of what it makes....

and the fuel is the currency of that country....

the more the country makes....the more of that currency floats around....

but for the past thirty-five to forty years in America....

more and more of that fuel is being sent to foreign lands for so-call cheaper items....

and with a 6 to 1 trade deficit with China....

5 out of every 6 of those fuel dollars never come back....

until the turnips in government sell more bonds(debt) to get those dollars back to this great union call the United States of America.

A country (America) can't be strong unless it has a strong currency....

and if the currency is being held by foreigners.....it can't float around helping each hand it could touch in these 50 states.

Retail makes NOTHING....

Government only makes MORE DEBT....

America was $75 million in debt in 1791....that was five years before George Washington wrote his Farewell Address and told all those turnips he was fed up with the spending and going back to his farm.....

Made In America is the only way out of this mess cause foreign made put US here.

and please don't come back with that"foreign is cheaper" crap....

Fifteen super cargo ships pollute as much as 760 million automobiles....that is about the total number of cars on Earth today.

It takes over $9 billion dollars from ALL American taxpayers each year to clean the fish from ballast tanks of ships.

So, as you can see....foreign made is here in America for only one reason...

to take more and more fuel (dollars) out of the hands of We the People and put all that fuel (dollars) in the hands of foreigners.

Which when it is all said and done...

not one shot will be fired....

America is over $57 trillion in debt and it didn't get there by people using common sense. If the American people don't wake-up to that fact within another twenty years they will witness Lady Liberty kneeling to her knees in the Hudson and someone in Tiananmen Square holding that tablet from under her left arm celebrating what is written upon it.

God Bless!

Dwhite1942
Dwhite1942

Hats off to the City of Chanhassen,ask the Wal-Mart rep. if she has tried to feed a family with the pay of these "so called" jobs. Since when did Wal-Mart become concerned when family's get home for dinner. When all the people who they put out of busness taxes are gone will they make up the difference? No matter how u feel about unions,remember this a company that shut down a store in Canada because the meat cutters wanted a decent living wage. Think about one thing, America's biggest company doing all that business with China and we r at 10% unemployment! Give me a break.

Guest
Guest

It's not like Chanhassen has any sort of small-town vibe they need to protect.  There's been a Target and other large stores downtown for years.  National chain restaurants are everywhere.  Let's face it, Chanhassen is a typical upper/middle-class, yuppie suburb.  Why do they all of a sudden choose to fight Walmart?  Is Walmart too 'lower class' for these white-collar folks?

Eckankar
Eckankar

No Walmart in Chanhassen! What would it do to our Forbes rating? And they'd have to hire poor people to work there! It would ruin our...diversity!

Tcpeders
Tcpeders

We already have a Target in Chanhassen, why do we need a Walmart? Target is a Minnesota based business and donates around 5 percent of its pre-tax operating profit. It gives over $3 million a week (up from $2 million in years prior) to the communities in which it operates. It also gives a percentage of charges from its Target Visa to schools designated by the cardholders. To date, Target has given over $150 million to schools across the United States through this program. In fact, Target's corporate by-laws state it MUST give 5 percent of its pre-tax profits to charity. On Forbes "America's Most Generous Corporations" Target is #1. Walmart falls down at #8. Let's support a company that supports us.

Asdf
Asdf

Looks like a bunch of typical Minnesotan Target cocksuckers.  Keep sucking that fat Target dick you brainless fuck stains.  Fuck Target!!

H8er
H8er

Haters gonna hater...I'm just saying.

brenda
brenda

walmart is an evil corporation and i would be sad to see my childhood home have one in it. besides we already have the greatest store there anyways, Target.

Kimberly Tuveson
Kimberly Tuveson

River Falls rejected the almighty WalMart several years ago. It's possible. And necessary. Otherwise we will have a WalMart every 8 miles, next to McDonald's. Go Chanhassen!!! 

Kimberly Tuveson
Kimberly Tuveson

River Falls rejected the building of a WalMart!!!!! Go Chanhassen~~we do not NEED a WalMart every 8 miles...

Sydney
Sydney

How can people shop at Walmart in Chaska when there isn't a Walmart in Chaska??

Playa1
Playa1

I would hope that more people are discovering that shopping at small business do more to keep a community vibrant than supporting billionaires.

Brad Johnston
Brad Johnston

"...people of Chanhassen actually already shop at Walmarts in surrounding Chaska, Shakopee, and Eden Prairie."

Where is this mythical Chaska Walmart?

Guest
Guest

If she's saying there's a Walmart in Chaska, she maybe needs to spend more time with her research and in the local community.  Eden Prairie can keep their Walmart. Chaska/Chan is better off with fewer big box stores.

Brad Johnston
Brad Johnston

Sounds like Minnetonka's response to building a Goodwill :)

Bob
Bob

nearby Walmarts and other stores in surrounding Chaska, Shakopee, and Eden Prairie.

Other stores.

Brad Johnston
Brad Johnston

Correct. Chaska's Super Target is more than enough.

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