Wal-Mart anchors a retail rebirth in Brooklyn Center

  • Article by: JANET MOORE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 11, 2012 - 9:40 PM

The retail giant will open Wednesday in Brooklyn Center in the first phase of the redevelopment of the site of the old Brookdale mall.

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jessy03Sep. 11, 12 9:31 PM

It's better than no jobs... :-)

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netjesSep. 11, 1210:11 PM

uptownbred63 and martianking do not understand that an $8.00/hour job is not a career. You do it for a year or two and you move up the ladder. New people come in when you leave. It is a constant flow as people retire and young adults enter the workforce. It's called an "entry-level job". We need more of them. And do not forget that people who save money shopping at Wal-Mart spend that money elsewhere, or save it. That creates jobs elsewhere.

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scottythrobSep. 11, 1211:22 PM

What was the wage for your 1st job? It was not a (living wage). You start your first job living with parents or friends at a wage that is equal to your skills. If Walmart was missing, many starter jobs would be missing. God bless Walmart.

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jaylitSep. 12, 12 6:50 AM

The anti-Walmart posters here are almost too funny in their tired, lame rants against Walmart. Folks that was a dead piece of land and buildings in B.C. Walmart coming there will revitalize that area and will end up increasing the value of properties nearby. Walmart will also draw customers from all over the northern area, so it is a win/win for Brooklyn Center plus you will see other businesses like banks and other retail establishments going into that location area. Good move by B.C. to bring jobs to that vacant piece of retail land.

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eviter33Sep. 12, 12 8:03 AM

Blue collar was what the area of north Minneapolis and Brooklyn Center was when Brookdale was thriving from the early 60's to the late 80's, but many factors contributed to the demise of Brookdale since the 1990's. First off, that solidly blue collar population (of which my family was part of) changed to a lower income minority population base. Next, the owners of the mall decided for whatever reason(s) not to invest in periodic updates to keep the complex competitive. After that, surrounding businesses began closing and emptying out the area which opened the door for northside idiot thugs to begin claiming the dying mall as turf for themselves. These same thugs were also causing personal safety problems for the former Metro Transit bus terminal, which the city went so far as to move off of mall property in response to complaints from the mall owners and citizens, in an attempt to keep the thugs away from shoppers. I do not shop at Walmart out of personal choice. If anyone has ever visited their store in Brooklyn Park, off of Bottineau Blvd., that place is always packed to the rafters with shoppers. Walmart will most likely succeed because they cater to lower income shoppers, but whether or not other businesses like Michael's, LA Fitness and whatever else is planned for there, will be as successful remains to be seen.

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mom2fourSep. 12, 12 8:07 AM

Walmart, who some love to demonize, has demonstrated it's commitment to this area.

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ReichertSep. 12, 12 8:46 AM

I'm no fan of Wal-Mart and generally despise their business. However, in this case I'm going to make an exception because they have decided to be part of rebuilding a retail block that would otherwise have been a decrepit decaying dead mall. The community will actually be better off for it and the Shingle Creek/Brookdale area should at least have some vitality to it, which is better than a vacant mall.

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west336Sep. 12, 1210:19 AM

I realize that Brooklyn Center isn't Minneapolis or St. Paul, but does this proposal have to be THIS auto-centric?! I thought most developers were way beyond the sprawling style of development/redevelopment, especially in inner-ring suburbs like BC!

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west336Sep. 12, 1210:23 AM

scottythrob: if Wal-Mart were missing small family business would be more prevalent, along with the (much) higher quality (and prices) that go along with it. The day big box stores ruled this country was the day this country lost a huge piece of its cultural identity. Now almost everyone buys their shoes, electronics, clothes, etc. from the same 3 stores -- boring!

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garagewineSep. 12, 1210:26 AM

Beggars can't be choosers. Developers are not lining up to invest in land in Brooklyn Center. This is good news.

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