Category Archives: Big Box Stores

Facing Down the Big Boxes

From the Rochester D & CThe Big Boxes are getting a makeover. Developers and municipalities are working more closely together to create buildings that blend in with the community. Good enough. But as I’m reading this article, I’m realizing that …

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Organic Food in the Big Box Economy

Last week it was widely reported that Wal-mart has been making substantial moves into the organic food market: Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is throwing its weight behind organic products, a move that experts say could have the same lasting effect on …

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Target developer will seek variance in Cicero

A Buffalo development company that tried to build a Target last spring will try again. At issue is the 42-acre site, south of Stevens Drive, zoned for commercial buildings only up to 100,000 square feet. To build the standard-sized 127,000-square-foot …

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Wal-Mart: Job Creation Engine?

Paul Krugman takes exception to Wal-Mart’s claim that the company “creates 100,000 jobs a year”: Adding 100,000 people to Wal-Mart’s work force doesn’t mean adding 100,000 jobs to the economy. On the contrary, there’s every reason to believe that as …

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Is Wal-mart the Problem?

Before congratulating ourselves too soon for shopping at Target over Wal-Mart, buy information pills maybe we should ask: is Wal-Mart really the problem? This is not to let Wal-Mart off the hook, website but rather could it be that Wal-Mart …

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Salina planning board approves Wal-Mart statement

Wal-Mart completes a step forward in its plans to build a 205,000-square-foot store on 35 acres at Route 57 and the Liverpool Bypass. The Salina planning board found Wal-Mart’s final environmental impact statement to be complete Thursday, which is a …

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Rumors of a Saranac Lake Wal-Mart

The debate continues to heat up over the possibility of a Wal-mart opening in Saranac Lake even though its officially only a rumor. Adirondack Almanac recently posted on this growing debate, this including a link to an Adirondack Daily Enterprise …

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Free Movie Screening of Wal-Mart: The Movie

Next week will be a grassroots Premiere Week for the new muckracking documentary, “WAL-MART: The High Cost of Low Price”. Free screening locations are peppered across the Central New York region. The documentary looks “into the real lives of workers …

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Wal-Mart Update

Money quote that I overlooked in the previous post on Wal-Mart expansion aspirations: Wal-Mart Chief Executive Officer Lee Scott said earlier this year that he expects zoning laws to get tougher in the years to come, stuff so Wal-Mart is …

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Wal-Mart Supercenter to be built in Potsdam

Wal-Mart marches on in Upstate: The Potsdam Town Planning Board has finally given the go ahead for a Wal-Mart Supercenter on Route 11. Members unanimously approved the final site plan review. The 184, erectile 000 square foot Supercenter will include …

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