Do critics who oppose Wal-Mart’s plans to expand its Rohnert Park store want to prohibit competition and consumer choice? That’s the opinion of Alberta Carter, a Sebastopol resident who shops at Wal-Mart. Read her take on the controversy.
“Labor, environmental and local business organizations opposing the Wal-Mart Supercenter believe it undermines compact and equitable development in Rohnert Park and violates the city’s general plan. The project undercuts transit-oriented development’s efforts to reduce low-wage work, support local business, tackle global warming and lay the foundation for a robust regional economy.”
Wal-Mart, the giant retailer whose bid to supersize its Rohnert Park store by adding a grocery section was rejected by the city’s Planning Commission, has appealed that decision to the City Council. Opponents quickly vowed to mount an assault.
Wal-Mart’s plan to supersize its Rohnert Park store was turned back Thursday when planning commissioners voted 4-0 to deny the environmental impact report on the project. Was it the right decision?
Wal-Mart’s bid to supersize its Rohnert Park store by adding a 32,000-square-foot grocery goes to the city’s Planning Commission Thursday night in what promises to be the latest salvo in a battle between those who love the company’s lower prices and critics of the world’s biggest retailer.
Wal-Mart is trying to rally public support for its plan to expand its Rohnert Park store on the eve of a crucial Planning Commission vote next Thursday. The big-box retail giant is encouraging shoppers to send the city postcards – provided by Wal-Mart, of course – urging it to approve the proposed supercenter.