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Wal-Mart plans ‘Neighborhood Market’ in Rohnert Park

Wal-Mart will open a so-called ‘Neighborhood Market’ with a grocery and pharmacy in Rohnert Park, in the 33,000-square-foot space formerly occupied by Pacific Market, the company said Wednesday.

Ex-Clinton aide Robert Reich rips Wal-Mart in Santa Rosa speech

Economist and former Labor Secretary Robert Reich gave a standing-room-only audience Monday in Santa Rosa a crash course in how the nation’s economy went sour.

Rohnert Park planners approve EIR for Wal-Mart

Wal-Mart’s plan to expand its Rohnert Park store by adding a grocery store overcame on Thursday the Planning Commission roadblock it ran into in 2010. This time, planners approved the project’s environmental impact report. The decision delighted officials from Wal-Mart, which has pursued the project for at least four years.

Wal-Mart revives plans for Rohnert Park superstore

Wal-Mart is resuming efforts to expand its Rohnert Park store into a superstore, reviving a controversial plan that was halted in court after one of the more divisive arguments in recent city history. The city Planning Commission will hold a public hearing Thursday to review the project and new studies evaluating its effect on the community.

Wal-Mart may revive Rohnert Park expansion

Wal-Mart may revive a controversial plan to expand its Rohnert Park store with a 32,000-square-foot grocery — a proposal approved by the city two years ago but then stopped in court. ‘We’re evaluating the next steps and working with the city on the requirements established by the judge’s ruling,’ said Wal-Mart West media director Delia Garcia. She was referring to a 2011 decision in which Sonoma County Superior Court Judge Rene Chouteau said parts of the environmental report for the project were inadequate.

Judge: Wal-Mart expansion in Rohnert Park needs more study

Wal-Mart’s expansion of its Rohnert Park store hit a bump Thursday when a Sonoma County judge ruled more work is needed on noise and parking issues.

Lawsuit seeks to stop Wal-Mart expansion

Foes of a Wal-Mart Supercenter have sued Rohnert Park, challenging the City Council’s approval in August of the company’s application to expand in its Redwood Drive location. The Sierra Club and Sonoma County Conservation Action argue that the council’s decision violates land use policies outlined in the city’s general plan, which encourages supermarkets to be “close to where people live.”

Is courtroom next stop in Wal-Mart fight?

A day after the Rohnert Park City Council gave the go ahead for the controversial expansion of Wal-Mart, divisions remained razor sharp over the proposed supercenter. Will critics file a legal challenge? One councilmember thinks they have solid grounds for a lawsuit.

Rohnert Park City Council OKs Wal-Mart expansion

Wal-Mart on Thursday won over a majority of the Rohnert Park City Council, which opened the door to Sonoma County’s first Supercenter by allowing the company to add a 32,000-square-foot grocery to its existing Redwood Drive store.

A community scourge or consumer boon?

The Rohnert Park City Council meets Thursday to decide the fate of the controversial Wal-Mart expansion. Opponents argue that giant corporations like Wal-Mart fray community identities, depress wages and hurt local economies. Supporters maintain that commercial competition creates more choices and lower prices for consumers. What’s your take?

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