Urban planning community

+ Reply to thread
Results 1 to 2 of 2

Thread: wal mart realty - sorry about the new thread

  1. #1
    Cyburbian donk's avatar
    Sep 2001
    skating on thin ice

    wal mart realty - sorry about the new thread

    Sorry about starting a new thread, I can't find the original one where I mentioned this topic, and was asked to post the address.

    mods feel free to merge if you can find it.

    Here is the web address that I was finally able to find for wal mart realty.

    What seems most interesting to me is that they are advertising approximately 400-500 stores for sale (22 pages with about 25 stores /page). This is compared with approximately 2300 existing stores (Walmart, super centres, sams clubs). They claim to have the market and business plan figured out, yet are disposing of 1/3 of their stores due to expansion needs and other items. Something seems fishy to me.
    Too lazy to beat myself up for being to lazy to beat myself up for being too lazy to... well you get the point....

  2. #2
    Cyburbian jresta's avatar
    Apr 2003
    Philadelphia, PA
    this isn't fishy at all. it's part of their strategy.

    Barnes&Noble employs a similar tactic.

    Let's say you live in Springfield. Wal-mart comes to the area one day and opens up a store about 10 miles down the road in East Smallville.

    A year later they open up another small 10 miles in the other direction just outside of Westville.

    Walmart puts a hurtin' on both towns and the pain start to become apparent in larger downtown Springfield. The stores in Westville and Smallville are featuring sales every week and the prices are generally lower than at other Walmarts

    After a few years when the Westville and Smallville business communities are obliterated and Springfield is hanging by a thread Walmart announces grand plans for a new mega-store to be located, where else? you guessed it!


    The Westville and Smallville stores are shuttered and residents of these towns have no choice but to drive to Springfield to do their shopping. Oddly enough, prices go up, management says that it's simply the price of a more convenient store.
    Indeed you can usually tell when the concepts of democracy and citizenship are weakening. There is an increase in the role of charity and in the worship of volunteerism. These represent the élite citizen's imitation of noblesse oblige; that is, of pretending to be aristocrats or oligarchs, as opposed to being citizens.

+ Reply to thread

More at Cyburbia

  1. Wal-Mart and NYC
    Economic and Community Development
    Replies: 3
    Last post: 29 Mar 2007, 6:09 PM
  2. Replies: 2
    Last post: 12 Nov 2006, 4:24 PM
  3. Replies: 17
    Last post: 01 Jun 2006, 9:37 AM
  4. Wal-Mart ISP
    Friday Afternoon Club
    Replies: 11
    Last post: 21 Dec 2004, 4:53 PM