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Walmart's Downside

community, Development, City government, environment

Walmart’s application to rezone some land parcels on Greenfield Ave from Urban Residential and Mixed Use Residential to Suburban Commercial, and to amend the Future Land Use Map within the City of New Berlin’s Comprehensive Plan is on the agenda of next Monday's Plan Commission Meeting (Feb. 4, 6:00 pm at New Berlin City Hall)

Walmart wants the changes for its proposed Supercenter located at the northern edge of town, on Greenfield Ave in New Berlin.

The 24-hour, nearly 150,000 sq. ft. Supercenter –a combination general merchandise store and supermarket--- would be across the street from the  Pick ‘n Save on Greenfield Ave. that's in Brookfield.

But folks,  our City’s Comprehensive Plan had undergone a full public approval process just a few years ago. Why should city officials change it now because Walmart wants to compete with that Pick ‘n Save for Brookfield’s grocery shoppers?   

Besides, New Berlin residents already have easy access to new Supercenters (For example, in  nearby Muskego, Greenfield and Waukesha). We don’t need this one in New Berlin at one of the busiest gateways to our city.

New Berlin residents:  If you object to the requested rezoning and changing of our City’s Comprehensive Plan to accommodate a 24-hour big-box Walmart Super Store at the Greenfield Ave. site or have any concerns about traffic congestion, unwelcome noise and light pollution, flooding, deforestation and other environmental impacts, public safety, having the store and parking lot next to a cemetery, adverse effects on property values or quality of life----- you may want to attend the Plan Commission Meeting and speak during Privilege of the Floor (public comment period).

And while we are on the subject of Walmart-----

A little research turns up multiple references to “predatory pricing”.

Did you know that in 2000, the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection accused Walmart of violating the state’s anti-trust laws by selling butter, milk, laundry detergent, and other staple goods at below cost, with the intention of forcing competitors out of business, gaining a monopoly in local markets, and ultimately recouping its losses through higher prices?    State officials filed the complaint after Wal-Mart failed to take corrective action following several warning letters sent as early as 1993. The case was settled out of court.

For more information, click here.   

And don’t miss a very interesting and eye-opening article about Walmart and its effects, which was posted on Jan. 29, 2013.  Click on this link   to access it.

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