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Some Residents Protest New Walmart

MEDFORD, Ore. – Local groups have opposed the store since the blue prints began nearly a decade ago and protesters were outside the new Walmart with picket signs in hand for the store’s grand opening.

The protesters say the new store will kill jobs and hurt small business. It’s been a long road to get to this point today with the grand opening of the south Medford Walmart and during that process, it’s brought many people out to speak against it.

The latest group is protesting on Highway 99 outside the Walmart. Opposition to this south Medford Walmart is nothing new; it dates back to the beginning of the idea about a decade ago.

Back in 2003, two groups came together to fight the then-planned Walmarts for Central Point and south Medford. The Central Point location ultimately was stopped, but obviously, that wasn’t the same story for Medford. At the time, the Medford Citizens For Responsible Development said they were not against Walmart itself, but rather the size of the store and where it would go.

Those against the south Medford were specifically worried about a few things, one of the early concerns the historical aspect of Miles Field. The Miles Field used to sit in the spot where the new Walmart now calls home. The company bought the land in 2004, for more than seven and a half million dollars, before having the go-ahead to build.

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  1. Shawna OConnor says:

    Do these people seriously have nothing better to do?

  2. GP says:

    I for one am in total agreement with the protestors. For every 2 jobs created by Walmart, 3 local jobs are lost. Is the ability to buy lots of cheap cr*p from China really worth it? I don’t think so.

  3. Concerned citizen says:

    Shawna asked it protesters had anything better to do and I would like to address that. Walmart came in and touts itself as hiring hundreds of people. but what they won’t tell you is that those people will not be earning anything close to a living wage. Many of those employyes will be eligible for food stamps and state medical care, so who do you think pays for that? I would like walmart if they paid their fair share, treated their employees better and were rooted in something positive. Isn’t any job better than nothing, you might ask and the answer is that by driving down wages walmart will affect the valley in a negative way for a long time. SHOP MOM AND POP!~

    1. WALMART SUPPORTER says:

      To all of those people in the Valley that have found yet another thing to protest… Maybe you should take the time to really observe what you are saying. Wal-Mart should not be punished for becomming a successfull company, nor should they have to justify where they want to open their stores. This corporation employs a countless number of individuals that would otherwise be un-employed! We are talking about Veterans that have paid more than their fair share and are yet denied their benefits, disabled community members, the senior citizens that loose more and more respect in this valley daily because of the careless thoughts of, “mom and pop” businesses who go for the younger, more attractive crowd.
      Next time you plan a slam against Wal-Mart and it’s valuable employees, do some research into what the corporation is really about and it’s history. Why do you think employees stay working for this company for ten, twenty, even thirty years!?!? Just ask the wonderful Customer Service staff that deals with all the absolutely outrageous holiday rush and spends the next two weeks after returning products that people didn’t have on their list. Do you think they want to hear even more people whining?
      F.Y.I. – - Wal-Mart started as a, “Mom & Pop” store and has become the force they are today.
      I have shopped Wal-Mart for over twenty years and yes their stuff comes from China, do you know how many jobs that creates there? – - I don’t understand why Americans expect everything from every store to be bulletproof. Stuff breaks, go slam one of the 4 or 5 Dollar Tree stores in the valley if that upsets you.
      Long story short, you get what you pay for and Wal-Mart does far more good than they do bad. Guess we are all just upset that the ugly old gap between RFCU and the Harry & David store is gone. :-(

  4. Dan says:

    I challange those who believe Walmart is the only store to carry Chinese Products to check the labels in several store surrounding the new Walmart!!! Guess what they all carry Chinese products in some shape or form

    1. Chris says:

      It appears the minimum wage in China is somewhat lower than ours.

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