Patrick Fox, president of The Saint Consulting Group, is quoted in a recent Women’s Wear Daily feature on the challenge of being Wal-Mart, discussing how people have become emboldened by the “Wal-Mart” effect of successfully challenging the world’s biggest retailer’s expansion efforts.
The story by Sharon Edelson examines the challenges facing Wal-Mart to expand into urban centers like New York and Chicago after dominating the suburban landscape in most key markets.
Fox is quoted as saying: “You have growing opposition to projects. People realize now that they can oppose these projects and win. I call it the Wal-Mart effect, watching Wal-Mart get its butt kicked all across the country, people have seen so many projects defeated that they’ve become emboldened. Social networking makes it easier to organize and you’ve got a lot more people showing up. There’s passion and anger, and that manifests itself in public hearings. People who live near these proposed sites are worried about how it will affect them. Ninety percent of the community may favor the project, but the abutters show up and that’s all the local officials see.”
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