Walmart coming to Boulder -- and sh*t heading for fan

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Occupy loveland.jpg
Photo courtesy of Kerri Kellerman
A photo from the December 2011 at a Walmart distribution center in Loveland.
The most recent Daily Camera article about the new Walmart has already garnered scores of comments, and quite a few of them are positive. Some examples:
Can someone explain what the issue is here? An unknown company is taking over and remodeling (at their expense) over 50,000 sq ft of vacant space. An unknown company is going to sell something, and provide $$ to the tax base of Boulder. An unknown company will be providing jobs. Who cares what company it is.
Welcome!! Perhaps Boulder's prices will drop a bit and those with limited funds will be able to afford more. And, there are plenty of Boulder grown employers who have more labor mistakes than anyone would imagine. HOORAY FOR WALMART.
A Walmart grocery will certainly give that overpriced Safeway across 28th Street a run for the money! Oh, wait, that poor Safeway is not a national chain, or is it? What about the little King Soopers? Even the Trader Joe's that Boulderites are salivating over? Whole Foods?? What the hey, they're....all...out of state owned retailers.

Grow up, Boulder! We all shop at chains, OMG -- even -- WALMART!!

But there are plenty of other comments from readers unhappy about the move....
I can't help but feel sorry for whoever gets those jobs and has to contend with all the rage Boulderites are gonna take out on them.
What a shame. Louisville managed to make Sam's Club the worst performing store in the nation -- Boulder, you can do this!

Labor conscious shoppers will continue to shop at Costco in Superior.

Boulder with a Wal-Mart... I never thought I'd see the day :(
That day's not here yet, but it should be before long. Unless there's an unexpected delay, the store is expected to be open for business this fall.

Look below to see an interactive graphic showing the area where the new Walmart will be built. If you have problems seeing the image, click "View Larger Map."


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More from our News archive: "Photos: Walmart in Lakewood protested by 100-plus demonstrators on Black Friday."

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Andrea Birgers
Andrea Birgers

I should also add that the presence of a Walmart might be good for the small businesses in that shopping center.

Andrea Birgers
Andrea Birgers

The shopping center where it's going isn't a cool part of town. It never was a cool part of town. The space was intended for big box retailers, it's been empty for years and I'm glad to see it being used.

RevBF
RevBF

150 protesters vs. the inevitable 150,000 shoppers. Must we continue to let the loudest mouths of us make up all the rules and not the majority like it should be? A shopper vs. picketer octagon is clearly the only way to settle this dispute. It'll be like a grown-up version of a school yard brawl.

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

Don't like it, don't shop there. Every time I see "occupy" types trying to disrupt commerce, I make a note to spend more money at Walmart.

Peace Will Win
Peace Will Win

Shopping there supports actual alavery, so, congrats on those of you who support alavery.

robofear
robofear

I bet that Pleasures across the street can't wait for all that extra pedestrian traffic!

Roy Forgy
Roy Forgy

great,give those idiots something else to try to ban.

Kevin Isaacson
Kevin Isaacson

Will they be selling elk meat? Because I hear Boulder has a thing for that lately :-)

Kevin Isaacson
Kevin Isaacson

Will they be selling elk meat? Because I hear Boulder has a thing for that lately :-)

Oi'Ram Arejan
Oi'Ram Arejan

wow, really? people need to grow some balls, if you don't like it, burn it down you crybaby boulderites. fucking stupid post.

Oi'Ram Arejan
Oi'Ram Arejan

wow, really? people need to grow some balls, if you don't like it, burn it down you crybaby boulderites. fucking stupid post.

Ali Randall
Ali Randall

@Aaron--I don't know much about Walmart -- and I appreciate people filling me in on the problems with it -- but what I *don't* appreciate is being called simple minded. Thanks.

Matt Baca
Matt Baca

"...everything 'cool' about Boulder." ?? What was cool about Boulder before?

Ali Randall
Ali Randall

I live in Boulder and I don't have a problem with Walmart opening a store here. We have other chain stores like Target, Marshall's and Walgreens so why should I mind?

Todd Elsen
Todd Elsen

The People's Republic won't be happy with that.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Boulder = Thornton by the Mountains

hth

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@Andrea Birgers Interesting observation, Andrea. Thanks for the post.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@RevBF Memorable post, RevBF. We're going to make it an upcoming Comment of the Day. Thanks.

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@Peace Will Win Perhaps you haven't noticed you are serf.

bongsucker
bongsucker

@robofear

Pleasures is closed. It's now a pot dispensary.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Ali Randall

A blonde name Ali walks into Walmart and asks a clerk if she can buy the TV in the corner. 

The clerk looks at her and says that he doesn't serve blondes.

So she goes home and dyes her hair black. The next day she returns to the store and asks the same thing, and again, the clerk said he doesn't serve blondes. 

Frustrated, she returns home and dyes her hair yet again, this time to red. She visits the store the next day and asks a different clerk this time. To her astonishment, this new clerk also says that she doesn't serve blondes. 

Astonished, she asks the clerk, "How in the world do you know I'm a blonde??" 

The clerk looks at her and says,"That's not a TV, it's a microwave!"

scott1001
scott1001

@Ali Randall I respect your opinion, but Walmart underpays their employees so much that it is estimated that 80% of all Walmart employees are on food stamps or other government assistance, meaning that our tax dollars are paying Walmart employees' salaries, all in the name of massive corporate profits. It is truly a poverty machine. Aside from that, Walmart does not do anything to help the American economy, and makes no effort to buy American made products.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@Ali Randall Interesting point of view, Ali. Thanks for the post.

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@Peace Will Win A poverty machine is one that interferes with commerce.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@bongsucker I noticed Pleasures in the Google map. The change to a dispensary is definitely a sign of the times. Thanks for the post.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@michael.roberts @bongsucker 

Porn, Prostitution and Pot = the staples of Westword advertising

Weedword ... Westweed ... Whoreword ... Westwhore ... Pimpword ... Westpimp ... etc.

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