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.