Meeting is tonight on Wal-Mart relocation plans
Published: Tuesday, January 28, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 27, 2003 at 10:50 p.m.
What are hypermarkets? Most people are not familiar with this term, but it has been in existence in Europe for years.
Hypermarkets are "big box" retailers that have decided to get into the gasoline business as a lure for shoppers. The difference in them and the standard gasoline operator is that hypermarkets operate on a different business philosophy.
They believe it is perfectly fine to sell this most precious commodity that is finite and a natural resource at or below its wholesale cost.
Do you feel our soldiers should risk their lives protecting this resource so that someone can give it away?
In most states, including Florida, it is against the law to market this way because it is anti-competitive. Many small to medium operators have lost their life's savings when one of these hypermarket retailers comes to their area.
I say this because recently the big behemoth Wal-Mart announced it had plans to build a Super Wal-Mart at NW 13th Street and 53rd Avenue and had plans for gas pumps at this site.
They plan on installing 16 gas pumps at this location. What effects will this construction have on the businesses and the lives of those at their current location on NW 13th Street?
Wal-Mart is already the largest company in the world, and its president already has announced they have big plans for expansion not only in the U.S., but abroad.
If you feel as I do that they lack proper ethics, please voice your opposition to the city staff, commission and plan board.
There is a neighborhood workshop on this project tonight at 7 at Trinity United Methodist Church on NW 53rd Avenue near 43rd Street.
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