CORNWALL Ontario – There are some excited and joyous about Wal-Mart taking over the old Target warehouse facility. There’s talk of a few hundred more jobs.
More jobs of course is never a bad thing, but sadly to this writer this is not good news.
Competition for positions is good for the residents of a community like Cornwall.
When Target came to town Benson’s was hit hard as people fled to better paying jobs. That’s what happens when the new guy shows up. Wal-Mart/SCM was hit too.
For generations Cornwall was a closed shop. Factory owners didn’t want new businesses setting up as they wanted to keep their work force humble and paid as little as possible.
Wal-Mart didn’t get to be one of the biggest companies on the planet by accident. By purchasing this facility they not only pick up a fairly new facility for pennies on the dollar, they also close it off from a competitor picking it up, such as the Amazon.com rumors that were rampant for awhile. That means they keep their workforce humble and it makes it harder for another distribution centre to move in without having to build from scratch.
With the prospect of Loblaws coming to Cornwall growing dimmer by the day sadly this Wal-Mart expansion is not good news. It will help a few hundred with some employment, but it will close the doors for easy turn key access to a competitive and different employer, or unionized one.
That’s never a good thing.
The Eleven Points facility is now off the market and one less chip to attract new companies to our city. Wal-Mart is closer to having a closed shop in Cornwall. And that means a challenge for more employees in this city to earn a living wage which is what we need to up our local economy that is struggling, especially in the Downtown/Le Village core.
This writer also wonders about any possible back door incentives given to the giant such as the corporate welfare given to Smart Centre’s to build their new shop that is messing up the traffic on Cumberland ( we need a new stop sign on 4th BTW Norm and Council).
What do you think Cornwall? You can post your comment below.