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Working for Wal-Mart

Here’s a taste of what future workers at Wal-Mart can expect.

Video clip from the movie Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price

The movie counts the City of Eureka among thousands of cities that fought Wal-Mart and won.  But the 1999 victory for Eureka was only temporary as Wal-Mart prepares to move into the Bayshore Mall.

  1. High Finance
    July 20, 2011 at 8:40 am

    I thought Robin Arkley was evil incarnate ?

    But you have posted a slam against him in such a long time !

  2. July 20, 2011 at 8:42 am

    In your rush to make such a profound comment you forgot to proofread.

  3. July 20, 2011 at 8:57 am

    Walmart kind of reminds me of Henry Ford – a long tradition of elitists.

  4. Smart 5th Grader
    July 20, 2011 at 9:01 am

    High Finance says:
    July 20, 2011 at 8:40 am

    “But you have posted a slam against him in such a long time !”

    Your grammer is terrible Low Class.

  5. July 20, 2011 at 9:10 am


    It looks like High Finance has picked up a new client!

    Congrats, HF!

    have a peaceful day,

  6. High Finance
    July 20, 2011 at 9:57 am

    So why haven’t you Heraldo ?

    Or do you fools have so many bogeymen that you forget about some of them sometime ?

  7. Just Asking
    July 20, 2011 at 9:58 am

    Are we really even sure it’s Wal-Mart that is going into the mall? I’ve never seen a Wally World in a mall before.

  8. Fact Checker
    July 20, 2011 at 9:59 am

    Hi Fi 9:57 No facts to check, just name calling.

  9. July 20, 2011 at 10:01 am

    Or do you fools have so many bogeymen that you forget about some of them sometime ?

    Poor HiFi is bored. Feel free to reaffirm your undying loyalty to Rob Arkley here in the comments if it means so much to you.

  10. Fact Checker
    July 20, 2011 at 10:06 am

    Just Asking 9:58 Um, pretty sure.

    “…But a Google search of the architect named in the article, Shade O’Quinn, shows he’s Wal-Mart’s guy.”

  11. arcatawitch
    July 20, 2011 at 10:11 am

    This morning’s TS said that Maurice’s is moving into the Mall. There is a big grand description of this fine store… but haven’t they already been in the mall? Wonder what’s up with that.

  12. The Big Picture
    July 20, 2011 at 10:11 am

    Surely, our local “public interest”, “liberal” media will begin warning citizens by airing economic experts and memorable documentaries like this one?

    More likely, they will continue a generation of voyeurism that protects the sensibilities of wealthy advertisers, despite a continuing economic model proven to manufacture more poverty.

    A win-win for Reich-Wingers who love complaining about the same grinding poverty that makes their average poverty seem tolerable.

  13. July 20, 2011 at 10:13 am

    Things are so bad now you could almost call Henry Ford a Socialist. He’s way left of the Greedy Goose-steppers running things nowadays.

  14. Fact Checker
    July 20, 2011 at 10:16 am

    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Maurices, typeset as maurices, is an American clothing retail chain based in Duluth, Minnesota. Founded in 1931, the chain comprises more than 750 stores in 44 states, primarily located in shopping malls and smaller towns.[2] The chain is owned by The Ascena Group, who acquired it in 2005.

    In 2011, Maurices was rated one of the “Top Ten Best Employers in Retail” by Forbes.com [3]

  15. Fact Checker
    July 20, 2011 at 10:17 am

    Wong, Elaine (2010-12-02). “The Ten Best Employers In Retail”. Forbes. http://www.forbes.com/2010/12/02/best-retailer-employers-leadership-sales-leadership.html. Retrieved 17 March 2011.

  16. Julie Timmons
    July 20, 2011 at 10:48 am

    Everyone old enough to remember when there WAS a Maurice’s in Eureka, wave your canes. Extra credit if you can remember where it was. ( I can’t.)

  17. Plain Jane
    July 20, 2011 at 10:57 am

    I remember Lerner’s, ModeODay, Arden’s, McGaraghan’s, Bistrins’ and Daly’s but can’t remember Maurices. The name makes me think of shoes, for some reason.

  18. Anonymous
    July 20, 2011 at 11:04 am

    When Heraldo does a post involving Arkley, High Finance whines about it.

    When Heraldo doesn’t do any posts about Arkley for a while, High Finance whines about that, too.

    Seems like H.F. is the one with the unhealthy Arkley obsession.

  19. 69er
    July 20, 2011 at 11:04 am

    Thought I recognised the name when reading the paper this morning, Thought it was a shoe store though and located in the area of 5th and F St.

  20. Anonymous
    July 20, 2011 at 11:09 am

    And the Three of Us, Bistrin’s Pant Rack on Broadway, Arthur Johnson’s and JCPenney’s at 5th and E

  21. Plain Jane
    July 20, 2011 at 11:12 am

    That’s what I thought, 69er.

  22. Plain Jane aka Imelda
    July 20, 2011 at 11:13 am

    But thinking of clothes shopping always makes me think of shoes

  23. Fact Checker
    July 20, 2011 at 11:14 am

    Maurice’s shoe store was locally owned and operated in Eureka in the 1950s and 60s. 5th and E streets

  24. Plain Jane aka Imelda
    July 20, 2011 at 11:21 am

    Was it right across 5th Street from Penney’s? Or was that Leed’s? Gallenkamp’s was across “F” from Penneys.

  25. Fact Checker
    July 20, 2011 at 11:30 am

    Maurice’s was on the North East corner, across from Penny’s.

  26. Fact Checker
    July 20, 2011 at 11:31 am


  27. Plain Jane
    July 20, 2011 at 11:36 am

    Hmm, I remember Leeds being there, but maybe Maurice’s was a different time. Trimble’s and Gregorio’s were also locally owned shoe stores which went out of business. Or was that Reese’s rather than Leed’s? They had the coolest white sneakers.

  28. July 20, 2011 at 11:39 am

    um, or maybe as a child I thought Maurice’s was Reese’s.

  29. Ross Rowley
    July 20, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    I thought Maurice’s Shoes was next to Anita’s? Yeah, right between J.C. Penney and the end of the block. And, wasn’t Redwood Pharmacy in there,too. Now, it’s a rather fine parking lot for that rather large employer in the Professional Building. Hornbrook’s anyone?

    Ahem, Plain Jane, you’re dating yourself. Ha!

  30. July 20, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    “Plain Jane, you’re dating yourself.”

    It’s an ugly job but someone has to do it.

  31. July 20, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    Bring back Bazar!

  32. Ross Rowley
    July 20, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    You know, Bazaar really was the WalMart of it’s era for Eureka. Groceries, Clothing, Gifts, Luncheonette, Sporting Goods, Automotive, and a record department. Oh, and the Bakery, too. Richard can fill in things I left out. I still miss the gray tubs on the rollers and the white plastic cards with the red numbers. Yeah, you newcomers can have your Albertson’s and your Lucky! (Should I bring up the fact is was called Disco prior to that? Nah)

  33. Plain Jane
    July 20, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    You have gone WAY back Ross. I wouldn’t admit to remembering Disco even if I did – but of course I’m too young. :D

  34. Ross Rowley
    July 20, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    Ah, a Mark & Save shopper, eh Plain Jane? Unless of course, your folks shopped at Food Mart or Purity. Cannam’s Market anyone?

    PJ, Why do I think you may have shopped at Evie’s Evie’s Evie’s

  35. retired guy
    July 20, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    You guys are all so old! Not only that, but you’ve lived here a long, long time. I thought this was about WalMart, not the oldies. Anyway, carry on.

  36. Plain Jane
    July 20, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    That was a teenager store, Ross. I’m older than that.

  37. Plain Jane
    July 20, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    I remember when Gallenkamps was in the Evies store on 5th.

  38. Grampa Simpson
    July 20, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    Of course in those days, everyone wore an onion in their belt…’cuz it was the style at the time…

  39. Plain Jane
    July 20, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    Didn’t know our play was so distracting that it stopped people from talking about Walmart, RG. Sorry.

  40. Ross Rowley
    July 20, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    Aha! I just slyly nailed down your demographic with that one! But, please tell me you were too young for The Alice Faye or Three Of Us. Unless you dressed out of Bob’s Army/Navy. Ha!

    Sorry, retired guy, we’re from the era when Sambo’s still existed.

  41. July 20, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    Bazar was represented by the Retail Clerks union. I was a member of that union at 16 years old and worked at Bazar until they closed in 1978. The last three stores standing were in Portland, Medford and Eureka. Bazar was one the nations largest retail chains in the early 70’s. Fred Meyers stores in Oregon were talking of expanding and buying our store. Didn’t happen.

    Ross: They had a Pharmacy, Shoes, Jewelry and Appliances also. It was a great place to work. My mother worked there for years and was able to purchase a house with her wages.

  42. Ross Rowley
    July 20, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    Ok, sorry to ruin the Walmart bashing.

    Anyone for making Bentonville, Arkansas a sister city?
    There, are we back on track?

  43. Plain Jane
    July 20, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    I do remember Bob’s fondly. And Globe Imports (the really old one) for all my fine jewelry making supplies.

  44. Curley
    July 20, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    I really miss Globe Imports Jane. It was a great store and the Maxon family were (and still are) wonderful. If you wanted to buy what they had at Globe now, you’d probably have to go to 4 different stores.

  45. Anonymous
    July 20, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    Lincoln’s, Windjammer Books, Restoration Hardware (the original), and in the Eureka Mall (which I called the Petite Mal with Bayshore being the Grand Mal) Kresge (the mother of K-Mart), Roos Atkins, and Fireplace Books……all now located on the boulevard of broken dreams because of corporate incursion into Humboldt county.

  46. July 20, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    “My mother worked there for years and was able to purchase a house with her wages.”

    I can’t imagine anyone saying that about WalMart years from now.

  47. Anonymous
    July 20, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    Anita’s became Maurice’s, moved to the Bayshore mall, then closed. Weird that it’s back without mention of the fact that it already existed for years.

  48. retired guy
    July 20, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    I loved Bazar, Globe imports and Cannams. I’ve been here i while, but not as long as some of you. Screw WalMart!

  49. Anonymous
    July 20, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    I think Maurice’s was a local shoe store unrelated to the current clothing store chain, Maurice’s. I remember all those stores, including the opening spotlight at Disco.

    Vista del Mar? The Anchor? Shipwreck? Volpi’s?

    I have never heard Rob A go by Robin, except in legal uses. Robbie, yes, Rob, yes, but his dad was the one who went by Robin.

    I miss Globe Imports too. Remember when OHs restaurant was near 5th and F near the jewelry stores- Lee’s and Hollanders? The Red Barn? Mathews paint store near Dalianes Travel?

  50. Not A Native
    July 20, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    Personally, I’ve little problem with WalMart coming to the Mall. After all, we should be tolerant of consumerists and accept some of their undesirable activities in the name of diversity, just so long as they are strictly relegated to ‘the bad part of town’.

    And if you believe in curses, the Mall seems to have hosted a lot of stores that went bankrupt. Perhaps it will once again perform its magic on WalMart.

  51. July 20, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    NAN you are such an egotistical,elitist pretentious fuck! even when I agree with you on principle it’s difficult to agree with you personally.

  52. Not A Native
    July 20, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    robash, as if I GAF about your benighted outpourings

  53. Anonymous
    July 20, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    “The movie counts the City of Eureka among thousands of cities that fought Wal-Mart and won.”
    This is winning?

  54. July 20, 2011 at 8:39 pm

    This is winning?

    No, this is an example of the Wal-Martification of America.

    Eureka defeated Wal-Mart in 1999. The victory, as you can see, was temporary.

  55. tra
    July 20, 2011 at 9:07 pm

    This is winning?

    Last time around, Wal-Mart was trying to get a zoning change to allow them to move to the Balloon Track parcel, which at that time was not zoned for retail. So voters got the chance to shoot that down, which they did…and by quite a healthy margin

    This time, if it really IS WalMart, they would just be moving into a space that is already retail, so there’s really no legal way for Eureka residents to stop them. But you can still “vote with your dollars” by boycotting them, and encouraging yur friends, family, and neighbors to do likewise.

  56. tra
    July 20, 2011 at 9:08 pm

    If it really is Wal-Mart that’s coming to the Bayshore Mall, that means they won’t be coming to Arkley’s Big Box by the Bay over at the Balloon Track. If it’s true that Home Depot really isn’t interested anymore either, that may leave Arkley lacking for a Big Box to anchor his development (if he ever decides to stop stonewalling the Coastal Commission and actually try to move forward with his plans).

    And if Home Depot doesn’t think it’s a good move, Lowe’s probably won’t either, and most of the other Big Boxes would be in direct competition with the new Wal-Mart at the Bayshore Mall, which would make it a pretty risky move for them to invest a bunch of money to move into such a small and already-oversaturated retail market.

    It’s starting to look more and more like Arkley may have shot himself squarely in the foot with all his stalling and posturing. Ideological rigidity and political game-playing sometimes does come with a steep price.

  57. Anonymous
    July 20, 2011 at 9:29 pm

    I love how everyone was standing on the front porch yelling “Not in my town, Mr. Arkley,” meanwhile, Carrington was holding the back door open for Walmart. Ha ha ha. Is Arkely still the big, bad, big box boogeyman? Move over Rob, Mr. Carrington just grabbed your thorny crown!

  58. FoxStudio
    July 20, 2011 at 9:40 pm

    Oh, darn, the thread got back on topic. But anyway….Hollander’s, where the best jewelry came from. At least Ten Window Williams is still around. And Picky, Picky, Picky used to be a Purity grocery store. Ok, break over. Carry on.

  59. Anonymous
    July 21, 2011 at 9:22 am

    Maurice’s was shoes, Anita’s became Jean Nicole and moved to the Bayshore Mall, then closed.

  60. Anonymous
    July 21, 2011 at 9:24 am

    I hope it is a Walmart. I hope they spend a lot of money and effort and people go there. Then I hope they realize that Target actually costs less, that kids clothes are better when purchased from Sears and Walmart closes up shop within the next five years. Oh and by the way, groceries are only sold in SuperCenter Walmarts, and 70,000 sq ft ain’t no super center! LOL

  61. Another 2 cents
    July 22, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    To NAN – You wouldn’t mind eh? Well, where are you native? All this talk of the old stores…………doesn’t it make any of you think why they went down? No, I don’t think they all sucked at business – BIG BOX KILLS LITTLE BOX! Get it?

    Won’t it be just great when you can get EVERYTHING at the mall or Arkley’s nightmare? Bye Bye business owners – y’all will enjoy managing franchises (not!).

    And there should be a curse on the Bayshore Mall as it is built on the site of a massacre (just laborers…not one of our really good ones).


  62. 69er
    July 22, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    Boxed groceries for Purity stores, 6th & E and 6th & G, was an apprentice butcher for Safeway @ 4th & E. Received freight and delivered furniture and appliances for Federal Dept. store, 5th & G St. when I got married in ’56. My hourly pay was $1.30 per hour at Federal. My pharmacy was Redwood on 5th and I bought shoes at Gallenkamps, clothing at Daly’s and Arthur Johnsons even while in Jr. higth & high school.

  63. Plain Jane
    July 22, 2011 at 11:02 pm

    Because those were the only stores that sold Pendleton shirts, 69er?

  64. 69er
    July 23, 2011 at 12:29 am

    Pendleton shirts and Levi’s PJ. couldn’t be seen wearing Penney’s clothing.

  65. July 25, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    Remember how the Levi’s used to stand up by themselves? And you had to buy them three inches too long so they would shrink up to the right length?
    Yeah, that was way back when Americans had the expectation of actually getting something for their money.
    Now, if you complain that your new Blu-Ray player stopped working after a week, you’re called an idiot for not buying the extended service plan that costs more than the player.

  66. Anonymous
    July 25, 2011 at 8:21 pm

    Ya 60er. I bought those Pendleton shirts too and we did not buy at the chain stores unless we had to.

  67. Plain Jane
    July 25, 2011 at 8:54 pm

    I know a man who inherited his dad’s Pendleton shirts. They last almost forever, or at least they use to.

  68. Jon Brooks
    July 25, 2011 at 10:16 pm

    Geez you folks, its like listening to my grandpa again.

    But for the heck of it, just trying to fit in here, how about Walsh’s, Bistrins, and Beasleys? And, a rope tow ski park at Titlow Hill. And drive in movies at mid-county, Willow Creek, and Alton?

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