Wal-Mart to push smaller stores
As noted by several recent comments here on this blog, Wal-Mart “is planning an aggressive push into urban markets with a new small format that’s a fraction of the size of its supercenters.”
Followers of developer Rob Arkley’s controversial plans for the Eureka Balloon Track property recall that a provision written into Measure N, which will ask voters in November to weigh-in on zoning designations for the property, would ban such superstores from locating on the project site if passed. The provision was added amid concern that Arkley would happily replace the planned Home Depot with a Wal-Mart.
The provision was toothless from the beginning since Wal-Mart builds stores that don’t rise to the level of a “supercenter.” But now it appears the smaller stores will be part of their “aggressive” norm.
As noted earlier, there is little evidence that Home Depot still has any interest in locating on the Balloon Track, and ample evidence to the contrary.
Eureka voted overwhelmingly to oppose a Wal-Mart on the Balloon Track in 1999. But it is growing increasingly obvious that Measure N has the same implications, even if the word “Wal-Mart” is omitted from the ballot.
No on Wal-Mart. No on N.