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According to this article in Thisweek, Lakeville may be getting its very own Wal-Mart near Harry’s Cafe and across the interstate from such popular restaurant discussions as Baldy’s BBQ and Goodfella’s Pizza.
According to the article, as of this point, there is much work to be done by Walmart and then the City of Lakeville in order to get to the actual starting point of building the facility, but there are already some in the community who are against the city permitting the big box giant into the city’s limits.
One Thisweek commenter cites this paper from Penn State University Agricultural and Regional Economics Professor, Stephan J. Goetz which concluded that Wal-Mart stores, “unequivocally raised family poverty rates in US counties during the 1990s relative to places that had no such stores.”
However another notes that Walmarts provide convenient access to a very large number of reasonable priced items to families, inexpensive $4 prescriptions (which has been copied by other retailers such as Target), and millions of dollars of charitable gifts.
What do you think about having another Walmart in the South Metro? Do you think with the proliferation of Targets, including one just a few miles further North on I-35 and two within Apple Valley alone, do you think that it is really necessary for another one to be built in the area? Are you concerned that Walmart will have a negative effect on other businesses in the area such as Fleet Farm or Target or any number of smaller businesses which may not survive the price cutting vacuum created by Walmart? Do you think that the good that some feel Walmart does for a community outweighs the negatives? Whatever you have to say about the possibility of Walmart building in Lakeville go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear what you have to say.