Poll: Do You Want Wal-Mart in Somerville?

Wal-Mart has announced plans to bring a grocery store to Somerville. Some community organizers have begun to rally forces against the company. Where do you stand?

To date, Wal-Mart, the world's biggest company, known for it's warehouse-sized stores and low prices, has not filed a permit indicating its intention to bring a grocery store to Assembly Square.

Media reports, however, indicate , which is a grocery store, in the old Circuit City building, near .

Already, a coalition of local groups against Wal-Mart has begun to organize. The coalition, called The Somerville Coalition for a Responsible Walmart, . 

Not everyone in Somerville is necessarily against Wal-Mart opening a grocery store here. One Somerville Patch reader commented on the site, "There is nothing wrong with healthy competition … We need another discount grocery store in Somerville."

Many people are passionate about Wal-Mart. What about you?

Mary Norcross April 04, 2012 at 06:22 PM
What about a Market Basket in the space. It is popular and local and ow cost.
Laura Slapikoff April 04, 2012 at 08:38 PM
What he said.
jamoccaldi April 10, 2012 at 09:47 PM
Please no walmart , at least not in the area being talked about. The traffic will be brutal. That strip of road just can't handle the amount of people who will flood in from Somerville, Cambridge, Everret, Medford, Arlington, ect. ect.
C Reichert April 22, 2012 at 03:06 AM
This New York Times article sums up my misgivings about Walmart. They only care about growth, the community and corruption be-damned! http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/22/business/at-wal-mart-in-mexico-a-bribe-inquiry-silenced.html?hp
mplo June 20, 2012 at 12:45 PM
As a 24-year Somerville resident, I am one of the nay-sayers when it comes to having any kind of Wal*Mart Store coming to our city. Their food is shoddy, their labor policies horrendous, and the damage that Wal*Mart has inflicted on communities that it's moved into is enormous. It's the biggest independent business killer that there is, and there's a good possibility that it would put other grocery stores/markets around here out of business. I suggest that the proponents of a Wal*Mart grocery store coming into Somerville rent the DVD of t he film "Wal*Mart--The High Cost of Low Pricing", a documentary film that gives excellent insight as to the abusive labor policies, bad food, as well as shoddy merchandise, not to mention extremely long hours, and no benefits, unless one goes on welfare. I also might add that Wal*Mart decided against moving into Somerville, because they know they're not welcome. Most people don't want them, and with ample reasons.


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