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Walmart v. Trader Joe's: Red state or blue?

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Colorado is the purplest of states, with voters almost equally divided between Democrat, Republican and unaffiliated, and Barack Obama and Mitt Romney in a dead heat here. But there's another contest that also shows the red state/blue state pull: The debate over Walmart and Trader Joe's.

For years, metro residents have campaigned to bring a Trader Joe's to the area. And they'll finally get their wish when not one, but two stores open next year in Colorado: one in Boulder, and a second in Denver, at an Eighth and Colorado site that was once supposed to hold an upscale hotel. But as a consolation prize, this Trader Joe's will have the coveted liquor license that only one location of a chain can have in this state. True blue!

Just a block away, though, developers of the long-abandoned University of Colorado Health Center are planning to put a Walmart into their project, which has inspired protests throughout the neighborhood, keeping demonstrators in a state of reddiness.

And tonight in Boulder, Citizens United to Preserve Boulder will rally to protest the possibility of a Walmart or another "big box" retailer opening in Boulder. "Walmart may be using deceptive practices to build a store in Boulder," the group warns in an online flier about the rally -- a claim also posted on the Boulder County Democratic Party's website. The rally (with pizza) will start at 5:15, and the group's members will then go to the open comment period of the Boulder City Council meeting. After that, at 7:15 p.m., the group will screen High Cost of Low Wages at the Boulder Public Library.

Red state, blue state. Does purple shop at Target?

Are you red or blue? Rate yourself in "Blue State v. Red State: Which Colorado do you live in?"



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alystewart01
alystewart01

Most companies contribute to both republican and democratic parties.  They all use foreign made goods by who knows what practices, so stuff the righteousness.  And, if you don't have foreign issues, you have unions.  Many of which are as crooked as the corporate CEO's everyone rails about.  Bottom line, large stores like Walmart cause smaller stores to close because they can't compete with prices due to Walmart's buying power.  Make that the reason.

markegardiner
markegardiner

Nice angle! But I'm not absolutely sure that Trader Joe's necessarily represents the liberal-lefty side of this equation. It's certainly got its share of liberal customers, and has thus far mostly concentrated stores in blue states, but it's expanding into Texas this year. The truth is, it's not just one of America's most successful brands, it's also one of America's most secretive companies. 

 That's why after 20 years in the ad business, I had to take a $12/hour job there to research my book, "Build a Brand Like Trader Joe's" (available on Amazon). For more info about this fascinating company, hit my blog, TraderJoesSecrets.com.

kwame
kwame

KING FUCKING SOOPERS BITCHES 

DenverEric
DenverEric

I want them both. I love Walmart for the low prices and I love the selection at Trader Joe's. I am a huge fan of both businesses and business models. They can both add a lot of value to the development and I am excited to have them both within 15 minutes of home.

ScottCU
ScottCU

WalMart is nasty.  I went in one once to get some wrapping paper.  There was crap (i.e. merchandise) all over the floor, a lot of fat people in sweats, dirty children running wild with no parent in control, and people were actually buying food there.  On top of that, the wrapping paper selection was terrible.  It looked like the ink would have rubbed off on my hands.  I went across the street to Party City.  I live up north, but I sympathize with the people trying to keep WalMart away.  It's a magnet for riff raff and lower property values.  Build WalMarts in the neighborhoods filled with people who shop there, but don't push it on people with taste.

madchenvapid
madchenvapid

Hey, Sheep! Vote for Baaaraaack Obaaamaaa...

madchenvapid
madchenvapid

Trader Joe's loves liberal Walmartyrs! Yet these so-called progressives deny that much of TJ's corporatist business practices are any different that Wally World's. And, Target is some sort of compromise? Leftie brands are better! Where do you buy your brown shirts and jack boots? And, where did you get that iPhone?

ScottCU
ScottCU

BTW, this is not a liberal vs. conservative issue, despite the tenor of this article.  I wouldn't vote for a GOP candidate if they were they only one on the ballet.  This is really an issue of not wanting more cheaply made crap and those who flock to it (only to toss it in the trash a month later because it broke) loitering around.  The thing WalMart shoppers don't understand is that you can buy a high quality product once or several low quality products many times, and it comes out the same in the end.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

 @madchenvapid Fiery post, Madchen -- one we're going to make an upcoming Comment of the Day. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

ScottCU
ScottCU

 @ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul

 Oh dear god.  Those pictures are exactly why people don't want WalMart in their neighborhood.  Look, about 12 years ago, when I was just out of school, times were tough, real tough.  Living on $9,000 one year tough.  But, that didn't make me get fat and wear inappropriate clothes.  I could still manage to look nice and keep fit.  If all else fails, go to the Gap and Old Navy and buy some essentials like jeans, a button down Oxford, and polo shirt.  When did it become ok to walk around with your ass crack showing, your cottage cheese legs bulging, and belly hanging below your Tweety Bird shirt?  I can only assume the garments the people in these pictures are wearing came from WalMart because I sure haven't seen them at Nordstroms or even Banana.  Vicious circle. 

madchenvapid
madchenvapid

I like Trader Joe's.

And, I really like Trader Joe's goods.

But what I really like liking most is liking Trader Joe's!

madchenvapid
madchenvapid

Correct. This is not a liberal verses conservative issue. It is elites verses non elites; as clearly illustrated by the comments and criticisms of Walmart patrons, products/services and stores.

madchenvapid
madchenvapid

Nothing says progressive like sweat shop undies from Gap and Old Navy. Thanks Honduras! And, nothing says corporate tool like jeans, and oxford and a polo shirt. Vicious circle INDEED!

alystewart01
alystewart01

 @madchenvapid A lot of people can't afford Trader Joe's or Target.  The very people that Democratics  vote to help, are saying they don't want those kind of people in their backyard.

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