Walmart Buying Target Distribution Centre in Cornwall Ontario – Thumbs Down by Jamie Gilcig – MAY 8, 2015

Walmart Buying Target Distribution Centre in Cornwall Ontario – Thumbs Down by Jamie Gilcig – MAY 8, 2015

Jamie & FitzyCORNWALL 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.

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Jerry Lowe
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Aren’t you one of those complaining about min wage going up?

There was no real offer or interest in the Target distribution so the sooner it was taken over the better.

The odds of a company buying this place and pay its employees 30$/hr are about absolute zero.

Not sure what you would have in mind for this massive 170 acre site, but seriously, only a mega company like Walmart would be able to use it.

Hugger1
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Jobs, at any time are good. Yes, they are minimum wage jobs. But it’s better than having the old Target distribution centre sit empty, don’t you think? Back door incentives / corporate welfare?? I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again….it happens everywhere. Corporate welfare is everywhere, not just Cornwall. According to other media reports Cornwall had very little say in this deal. I don’t see Cornwall offering Walmart any “deals” to buy the old Target distribution centre. If they did it’ll appear on the agenda of an upcoming city council meeting real soon. The ones with the final… Read more »
Hugger1
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Perhaps. But Loblaws has already said that the old Target Distribution centre would not fit their needs. They need large portions of the distribution centre to be refrigerated. They’ve said it would cost more to retro-fit the Target distribution centre than to build a new one suited to their needs. Now, Amazon, on the other hand, old Target Distribution centre would probably be a perfect fit for. The other potential companies knew the old Target Distribution centre was on the market. They were just asleep at the wheel. They had just as much notice as Walmart that the distribution centre… Read more »
Hugger1
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I agree with your statement of May 9, 2015 at 9:16 am. But at least with Walmart in there the old Target distribution centre won’t sit empty.

Now Walmart what are you going to do with your old store?

nanafraser1950
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jules
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Yesterday my daughter treated me to an ice cream sundae because I won the bet about Wal Mart or Canadian Tire taking over the Target Store at Billings Bridge and the one at Bayshore. Everyone thought that I was nuts or some prophet here in my household and I proved myself to be right. All we have today are minimum wages but a lot better than nothing at all.

Hugger1
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People please do your research. Walmart at their distribution centres does not pay minimum wage. They offer $20 +, depending on the job plus benefits.

jules
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Hugger if you go and read the freeloader of what Hugo wrote it is like he is fed up of corporations like Target and Wal Mart and it’s like he is threatening Wally World already before they even have a chance to get their toes wet in Cornwall. Yes the warehouse does pay good wages and the sheeple of Cornwall complain all the time. Let them try working for 11 hours a week and getting minimum wage and being treated like dirt by the lowest common denominator of a society and see how they would react. My daughter is thinking… Read more »
Jerry Lowe
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“Say a company like an Amazon or Loblaws decided that Cornwall was a good location for them.”

I don’t understand your argument. Did these companies actually try and purchase this 170 acre complex and the city turned them down?

Why are you so against this Walmart move? Do you know something the rest of us don’t?

Hugger1
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But Jules, I thought you didn’t read the CSF? Hugo, in his editorial, told Wal-Mart to live up to what they’ve said, 1000 new jobs for Cornwall at the second distribution centre. I sort of agree with what Admin said in his editorial. But all the companies had the same notice about the old Target distribution centre becoming available. The old Target distribution centre is not a viable option for Loblaws. The other companies weren’t as quite ready to jump at the chance to use it as Wal-Mart was. And if they fulfill their commitment to 1,000 jobs (net gain… Read more »
jules
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Hugger I go on the freeloader once in a blue moon (very rare) and seaway rag once in a blue moon. One day I went on the seaway rag and noticed that someone was using my name. About Hugo he wasn’t encouraging Wally World to stay. People who work in the warehouses make good money. My daughter is going to go back to college since this job is dead end and she hates the living hell out of it but for now it is a little something that is temporary. Cornwall should be very grateful to have that warehouse job… Read more »
Jerry Lowe
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Actually Jules, Hugo thinks this move is a good thing. You have his article mixed up with this article which Jamie gives Walmart a thumbs down since he expects this massive distribution complex to be bought by some other company (still unclear why Loblaws or Amazon would be much better than Walmart but oh well)

All Hugo said was he hopes that this purchase means Walmart will be committed to hiring and retaining the 1000 people and not leave in a year like Target did.

Jerry Lowe
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I still need you to explain how this is not good for Cornwall. You claim it would be better for others to come but lets pretend Loblaws did buy it and brought 1000 jobs to Cornwall, would it be better than Walmart? Or are you just complaining because you think this massive site with a central automation complex should be shared between (possibly even competing) companies and have more variety in the industrial park? If so, then I don’t think you understand the logistics of that complex and how it cannot possibly be run by simultaneous companies. This complex was… Read more »
Jerry Lowe
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Just to add I know you claim to hate corporate welfare, but Cornwall has massive unemployment and one of the highest rate of social assistance in Canada. So if the city can even cut corporate tax rate a few % points lower than other communities, the long term effects (hundreds of locals off social assistance), are much much more beneficial and cheaper than to have these companies pass up on the offer. The cost for social assistance for 1000 people (including home and food allowance) can easily run over a 1 million dollars per month, and even though this cost… Read more »
David Oldham
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Admin how do $20.00 per hour jobs discourage other companies from locating in Cornwall? Outside of unions associated with the three levels of government what unions representing workers of Ontario are currently increasing their membership? Manufacturing is history in Ontario. The economic environment is not favourable to this sector and that leaves distribution networks and service related industries.

Jerry Lowe
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