Is Walmart Good or Bad for a Community? Share your thoughts – Cornwall Ontario – August 9, 2010

Is Walmart Good or Bad for a Community?  Share your thoughts – Cornwall Ontario – August 9, 2010

Cornwall ON – Do you have any thoughts on Walmart and its impact on small town and city economies?   We’re going to be doing a story about that exactly shortly so if you have an opinion or something you think we should take a look at email us at info@cornwallfreenews.com

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18 Comments on "Is Walmart Good or Bad for a Community? Share your thoughts – Cornwall Ontario – August 9, 2010"

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Devils Advocate
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Devils Advocate
6 years 17 days ago
Walmart provides cheap affordable goods to consumers. On the other hand Walmart does not allow it’s employee’s to be unionized (e.g. it shuts down any store that becomes unionized), and it hurts local businesses. Some economist will suggest that this the logical outcome, that the fittest survive and the weak will perish. Globalization took many good unionized jobs out of Cornwall, and service sector work replaced some of these jobs (but at a fraction of the wages and without benefits). Now many people can only afford to shop at Walmart at their service sector wage. The heart of local economies… Read more »
Dave
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Dave
6 years 17 days ago
I like Wal-Mart. Prices are good, and they carry lots of inventory. I believe prices are down all over town because of them. Wal-Mart has raised my standard of living, in this way. That being said they are not the best place in town to buy everything. Their grocery items are too sparse to compete with the big boys in the food business. The ladies and mens wear is a good place to buy a t-shirt and undies but they have no fashion to speak of. Can you compare their Garden center and automotive to Canadian tire? The furniture department… Read more »
Sarcasmatron
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Sarcasmatron
6 years 17 days ago
Neither their employees nor their suppliers get paid well, but who cares? We get to buy cheap ass, poorly made Chinese garbage for next to nothing! Sure, the local economy suffers, but I don’t know any of them. I know me, and I like cheap stuff. 20 tube socks for a dollar, who can argue? So go ahead, local businesses, lower your prices. You will never beat the Wal-Mart, ever of society, and provider of low quality merchandise. So just close the doors, shut off the lights, and lick your lead-painted toys. Our glory years have arrived!
Furtz A. Bootbomb
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Furtz A. Bootbomb
6 years 17 days ago

Good for you Devils and Dave.
The lowest price is always the best. Who should give a rats ass if our neighbors can feed their kids, as long as we can buy the cheapest coffee maker.

GelaitnousMutantCoconut
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GelaitnousMutantCoconut
6 years 17 days ago
I believe Wal-Mart is very bad for the community. The low prices people laud come at a costly catch: They force people with lower incomes to shop there while also attracting any who want to save money. This cuts into other businesses. For small business owners, this is lethal to their livelihood. One just has to look at nearby Brockville to see the effrtcs that Wal-Mart has on once vibrant downtown shopping area’s. But back to the low prices. How are these achieved? Manufacturers are forced to cut their wholesale prices. Wages and benefits are subsequently cut. Eventually companies just… Read more »
Eric
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Eric
6 years 16 days ago
The stores did not leave Brockville, just went to another location. There were a couple of other chains that moved in as well, would they have moved in without Walmart? Sears is another major player who prefers part time workers, they also reduced the employee discount from a few years ago. A Bell Tech was telling me a few days ago they prefer on call techs as a way to reduce costs, it is not just Walmart mcjobs. Brockville has done a great job with the waterfront and keeping downtown walkable. If we did not need to give so much… Read more »
smee
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smee
6 years 16 days ago
Wal Mart does not always have the lowest price and definitely could careless about quality. One of the Wal Mart traps or market schemes is to advertise a cheap version of the product at the end of an isle. Once you take the proverbial bait they lead people down the isle by displaying a better product but not all that inexpensive. If we went to other stores for the name brand products the prices are competitive, you just need to weigh in all the factors. Things like service, policy and the ever present accountability. Wal Mart has corrupted quality to… Read more »
Devils Advocate
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Devils Advocate
6 years 16 days ago

Furtz, did you even read beyond the first sentence of my post? I’ll assume the answer is no.

GelatinousMutantCoconut
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GelatinousMutantCoconut
6 years 16 days ago

Eric, a lot of the locally-owned small business downtown are gone. The downtown is vastly different than it was in say, 2003. Yes, the downtown is still a beautiful area and the waterfront is kept magnificent. But the downtown shopping is now a joke.

willie191
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willie191
6 years 16 days ago
The downtown (Pitt St.) is starting it’s resurgence. Through the 60,s 70’s and 80’s malls were the flavour of the era’s. The tide of change is happening. People are now getting re-acquainted with the heart of their cities. Be it Cornwall, Toronto or New York City. Give Cornwall some time. Take a walk down Pitt street and see for yourselves. After living many years in the GTA, big box stores are not as great as there advertisements may suggest. If you just want to socialize, meet people you haven’t seen in many years, stop at the Farmers Market Saturday mornings,… Read more »
Furtz A. Bootbomb
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Furtz A. Bootbomb
6 years 16 days ago

Devils Advocate, I take that back. Got a bit ahead of myself on that one.

Island Ink-Jet
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Island Ink-Jet
6 years 15 days ago

Agreed willie. Socializing at Cornwall Farmers Market can be fun on Saturday mornings. You can also socialize at Island Ink-Jet’s INTERNET CAFE COFFEE BAR (and Tea Room) at 8 Third Street West just opposite the RBC. Monday thru Saturday 7:30AM on……featuring Coffey’s Coffee.

smee
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smee
6 years 15 days ago

Use to love standing on Pit and Second sreeets and ask people if they knew where Colusus restaurant was.

But you’re right willie, growth and change is beginning. All we need is just a jump start on industry to help push it over the edge.

Remember Sir Isaac Newton
“The vis insita, or innate force of matter is a power of resisting, by which every body, as much as in it lies, endeavors to preserve in its present state, whether it be of rest, or of moving uniformly forward in a straight line.’

rodney vander veer
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rodney vander veer
6 years 15 days ago

Now if you stand on the corner of Pitt and Second, you can see a vacant lot with a partial completed srtucture…real nice for our main intersection. Someone let their ego get ahead of their wallet. Can the City not do something about this? At least return it to a green space with some benches? Or do certain people have to much pull in this City to be pushed like that?

Jason Setnyk
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Jason Setnyk
6 years 15 days ago
Rodney, I 100% agree that the city should do something about that space. It’s a real eye sore for downtown Cornwall, and a real shame! Either the site needs to be developed or turned back into a green space – I am for either option – as long as it’s done in a timely manner. I don’t have all the information, but aren’t there deadlines that have to be met to build on a spot like that? Also, I’d like to see some minimal standards enforced for empty buildings that are for rent or lease. Some of the buildings look… Read more »
Jason
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Jason
6 years 15 days ago

Pitt and second…. Lol …. chenier.. Really got ahead of himself there…. Than again maybe it’s karma biting him in the ass for the trouble he cause that new spa when he tore down their wall and wouldn’t replace it and the poor new biz owners had trouble and I think had to bring him to court

willie191
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willie191
6 years 15 days ago

Island Ink Jet, It looks like a nice place. I will have to stop in for a coffee on Saturday,…….. after I shop at the Farmers Market. How much to refill a HP6210xi black?

willie191
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willie191
6 years 15 days ago

Rodney, I agree with you also. I thought Cornwall had a bylaw that states commercial or industrial property must be developed within two years. I may be wrong. Money changes bylaws.
It’s nice to see people here with some pride for our downtown and the City of Cornwall.

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