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.
“People are afraid that economic development has come to a standstill,” says Patrick Fox, president of Saint Consulting Group, the firm that conducted the interviews as part of its annual report on attitudes toward development. “The news is filled with economic doomsday data.”