Patrick Fox, Saint Consulting Group’s president, tells Women’s Wear Daily that people have become emboldened by the “Wal-Mart” effect of successfully challenging the world’s biggest retailer’s expansion efforts.
The recent Wall Street Journal story about grocery stores engaging in defensive activities against big box retailers has generated a great deal of discussion. This article from Supermarket News does an excellent job of putting it into perspective.
Wal-Mart Stores Inc faces a critical hurdle this week in a long-standing battle to build a second Chicago store, this one at a shuttered steel site called Pullman Park on the Far South Side.
November 2, 2009 — New York Daily News — Wal-Mart’s mission to open a bunch of new stores in urban areas in the U.S. has the retail behemoth setting its sights on the Big Apple, the Financial Times reports. Saint Consulting found the number of people who would oppose a new Wal-Mart in their neighborhood dropped from 68% two years … Read More
Fear of change has been around forever but people used to think they could not fight progress. They use to say “You can’t fight city hall.” All that changed. People today know they can fight and win because they have seen it happen time and time again over the past 20 years. We call it Wal-Mart Effect.
A report in Sunday’s Chicago Tribune pretty much confirms Jesse McKnight’s posting earlier this month about Wal-Mart making a concerted efforts to build stores in parts of the country that have traditionally been off limits to the big boxes. While Wal-Mart has been in the spotlight for trying, mostly unsuccessfully, to plant its flag in the city of Chicago, the … Read More
By Jesse McKnight Executive Vice President, The Saint Consulting Group Wal-Mart appears to be making a concerted effort to gain approval for new store locations in areas of the country that have in years past been off limits. This effort appears to be concentrated on new urban areas, where the effects of new jobs and greater tax revenue could make … Read More
The new Saint Index© survey on U.S. attitudes toward real estate development finds the world’s largest retailer is no longer alone as the retail project Americans most oppose for their community. Wal-Mart fell into a tie with a mall or large shopping center as the most opposed retail development project, reports Steve Shepherd, vice president and director of communications for … Read More
January 13, 2009 Forbes Chicago – What a difference a bad economy makes. Wal-Mart, the retailer routinely accused of destroying communities and neighborhoods, is facing less opposition according to a recent survey. Of 1,000 adults who were interviewed nationwide in October and November, 56% said they would oppose a Wal-Mart in their community. That’s down from 68% two years ago. … Read More
RECESSION INFLUENCING ATTITUDES — NEW SAINT INDEX© RESULTS — HINGHAM, MA — January 13, 2009 — America’s NIMBYs may be losing enthusiasm for fighting their most-hated retail enemy. Of 1,000 adults interviewed nationwide, 56 percent said they oppose a Wal-Mart development in their hometown — the lowest level of opposition in four years of Saint Index© surveys. Two years ago, … Read More
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