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"The protesters arrived dressed in boxes – some even covered themselves in grocery bags – for a rally against a proposed Wal-Mart in a vacant lot near Coors Boulevard and Montano Road."

 "How many Wal-Marts do you need in one square mile? A rhetorical question,” state representative Bill O’Neil said. “I don't understand it, I don't think it's appropriate on any levels.”

Albuquerque West-Side residents are simply fed-up with yet another Walmart. Take it somewhere else!

But there seems to be a disconnect between the city officials and residents.

It's time for a change. No more Wal-Mart.

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Comment balloon 9 commentsC. Lloyd McKenzie • November 20 2011 10:03PM


We have experienced the same backlash here too.  We have 3 Walmarts in our Salem/Keizer area, which has a population of about 200,000.  They have been trying to put in 2 more.

Posted by Catherine Ulrey, Equestrian and Acreage Property Specialist (Keller Williams Capital City) over 7 years ago

I have challenged myself to buy from the local merchant, I do find that the convenience of Wal Mart is one many are addicted to.   I don't think you need two that close together.

Posted by Yvonne Burdette-Van Camp, "Home"work, I have the Answers! (To Buy and Sell Real Estate, see me at Southwest Missouri Realty) over 7 years ago

In our area, Wal-Mart only comes super sized. there is a store about every 5 miles, lots of shopping, usually in a strip mall with other businesses. Convenient for families with low income, who want some of the better life at a price they think they can afford.

Posted by Ted J. Macy (Top Agents Atlanta Metro) over 7 years ago

We had a Walmart Neighborhood Market, just a small grocery store, built in our area. The neighborhood association protested and got some concessions on some items like fences and lights. The store went up and I have noticed over the last several years many of the people that protested have buried the hatchet and are now regular customers.

Posted by Rick Irving, Rick Irving Knows Real Estate (My Texas Home Real Estate) over 7 years ago

Good Morning C Lloyd, interesting how Wal-Mart has grown.  I was living in Taos when the Wal-Mart was built there in the 80's and Sam Walton drove out in his old pick up for the opening.  I do not believe he ever intended it to be what it is today.

Posted by Dan Edward Phillips, Realtor and Broker/Owner (Dan Edward Phillips) over 7 years ago

Good Evening:

Thank you for your very valuable input on this issue.  Residents and small businesses alike are impacted by WALMART.  It is a bigger problem than one may realize

Posted by C. Lloyd McKenzie, Living Albuquerque over 7 years ago

What about all the jobs and the LOCAL people they hire that spend money in your town. We have seven here and you can get to one in less than 1o minutes from anywhere in the city. When people stop being so cheap Wal MArt will close I suppose.

Posted by Charles Stallions, 800-309-3414 - Pensacola, Pace or Gulf Breeze, Fl. (Charles Stallions Real Estate Services ) over 7 years ago

Good morning Lloyd, about every 5 miles radius we have a super-Wal-Mart. Every corner of a main road you may see CVS and Walgreen. Have a Happy Thanksgiving.

Posted by Kwee Huset, Venice Florida Homes For Sale (Kwee Huset Realty) over 7 years ago

C. Lloyd,

             Interestingly enough I first became of the "Walmart" problem when I lived in NM and they were trying to move into Taos and the locals were all in an uproar because of all the "mom and pop" businesses they were going to close down.

Posted by Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert over 7 years ago