Chanhassen rejects Wal-Mart's plan for new store

  • Article by: TOM MEERSMAN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 29, 2011 - 8:36 PM

City Council voted against big-box retailer's plan to build a store.

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hammarhead1Nov. 29, 11 8:46 PM

Good for Chan - Wal-Mart is a pox on our country. Remember when they advertised Made in USA? Not anymore - they forced the companies(and jobs) to China.

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treehandhldrNov. 29, 11 8:56 PM

Yes, good for Chan. Not so good for a woefully underfunded school district though. Residents don't want to pay real estate taxes, and they don't want corporate taxes either. Eden Prairie and Minnetonka open enrollment looking good. What are the residents really afraid of with Walmart? They have a Target across the street, last I checked that was not a mom and pop - though lots of moms and pops do work there these days.

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kerbs13Nov. 29, 11 9:10 PM

Uh huh, they don't want "increased traffic" that comes with Wal-Mart, or to put "mom and pop" out of business. Laugh. Snicker. Chortle.

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pitythefoolsNov. 29, 11 9:13 PM

I now wish I still lived in Chanhassen. Well done.

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sbuffalo45Nov. 29, 11 9:13 PM

Build in Victoria.

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mno0624Nov. 29, 11 9:16 PM

Obviously, they have way more jobs and task base than they need. This is a clear sign that the state can cut off any propery tax subsidies for Chanhassen and assign them to other cities!

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wingknutNov. 29, 11 9:18 PM

Walmart is good for people on a tight budget-- saving a couple $100 a month on baby formula for example

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cardstaackNov. 29, 11 9:30 PM

Does the walmart accept foodstamps today?

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glgNov. 29, 11 9:41 PM

"We are committed to our customers, and will continue to look for opportunities to serve them," she makes it sound like Walmart is altruistic and doing good works. I would respect her if she was truthful and just said they want to make money; sell cheap Chinese goods; allow the city to maybe break even and give some local people poverty level job opportunities.

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prozendaalNov. 29, 1110:05 PM

Wal-Mart spokeswoman Lisa Nelson said the company is disappointed that the council turned down its plan "to bring jobs, tax base and low prices to our customers in the area." I find that an interesting quote since even though Wal Mart does bring low prices, they supply minimum-wage, dead-end jobs, and very little, if any tax base. If Wal Mart would be paying any taxes, most of that will be lost to increased infrastructure and police which will be paid by other property owners. On top of that, the sub-poverty wages mean that employees can qualify for food stamps and subsidized medicine, which we all pay for.

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