Wal-Mart “happy” to have last laugh on Eureka voters
You can believe the world’s biggest retailer is, uh, smiling. Wal-Mart spent $250,000 in Eureka during its failed 1999 special election to convince voters to approve a zoning change that would have allowed the scoundrel big-box to locate on the Balloon Tract. 61% of Eureka voted no.
The rep gave mostly stock answers to KMUD’s questions. She said the reason Wal-Mart’s new location at the Bayshore Mall was kept secret was because there was nothing to announce until there was something to announce, even though work was already underway.
But an inspector who had worked on about 30 Wal-Marts told the North Coast Journal, “I don’t understand the secrecy [over the new Eureka store]. I’ve never seen it before.”
That makes the Eureka case special. To stick it’s big middle finger in the face of Eureka voters, Wal-Mart had to be all tip-toe and hush-hush to avoid any threatening backlash, and it’s little yes-men-and-women at city hall dutifully played along.
Not only is Wal-Mart “happy,” it’s rubbing its hands together and cackling.