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walmart! stay away!

Wal-Mart's promise of falling prices has failed to win over everyone in Hillsboro.
Taken From KATU website

HILLSBORO - Wal-Mart's promise of falling prices has failed to win over everyone in Hillsboro. The Hillsboro Planning Commission gave Wal-Mart a thumb down, denying the retail giant's proposal to develop a mega store at Cornelius Pass and Baseline.
On an empty plot of land, off of Cornelius Pass Road, there are visions of a huge Wal-Mart, with a gigantic parking lot and thousands of customers.

However, Wal-Mart's backers had a tough sell in getting the retailer approved by the city council.

"And so we'll be landlocked, we'll be prisoners in our own neighborhood because of the traffic problems," said Karen. "We don't want any store," said Karen.

The planning commission denied the request to put a Wal-Mart in town, so Wal-Mart's attorneys are appealing to Hillsboro's City Council.

"We don't agree with the approach the planning commission took," said Wal-Mart attorney Greg Hathaway.

Many residents were interested in the outcome, as evidenced by the full council chamber that includes two overflow rooms.

Arguments for and against the store follow two primary lines.

Attorneys stated Wal-Mart will meet all of the city's criteria, yet opponents believe a Hillsboro Wal-Mart would attract too much traffic.

"You can't imaging the traffic that goes by every day, and it's on our street," said Joe Kosmalski. "Because we are supposed to have another 10,000 more cars on that road."

Wal-Mart's supporters think Hillsboro's hard-hit tech heavy economy could benefit from the giant retailer's presence.

"Competition breeds traffic, and it would help the community in general," said Brian Blechman.

City Council had to shut the discussion down shortly after 10:00 p.m. Tuesday evening. They intend to reconvene Wednesday hoping to make a decision at the end of the session.

What's next: After a decision is made, either side can appeal to the land use board of appeals, after that, the case could go to the state court of appeals.

If a decision is not reached through the appeal process it could go as high as the state Supreme Court.
We do need a Walmart 28.Oct.2003 08:09

J. Flaherty j.kish@comcast.net

Walmart will bring needed jobs to the community and are a good neighbor. They care about their community and will make the improvements necessary to control traffic in and around their location. why should the people of Washington County be denied the choices and low prices that Walmart will bring?

Stay away is right! 21.Nov.2003 20:06

Robin Hoode

I live in Guelph, reportedly the only city of its size in N America that doesnt have a Wal Mart. It is coming now our local council has changed hands and dammit I want to move! The public's obsession with low prices, cheap goods and the big box mentality has made them petty, mean and shallow. Traffic is the least of the problems when they arrive. Woodstock (Ontario not New York) has been trashed since it got a wal mart off the highway with an exit especially for them. Guess what? revenues werent what they expected so the Mart left and the town is now an economic disaster.

Yes to Wal-Mart 14.Jun.2005 18:38

Chris Van Trigt

"Robin Hoode link
I live in Guelph, reportedly the only city of its size in N America that doesnt have a Wal Mart. It is coming now our local council has changed hands and dammit I want to move! The public's obsession with low prices, cheap goods and the big box mentality has made them petty, mean and shallow. Traffic is the least of the problems when they arrive. Woodstock (Ontario not New York) has been trashed since it got a wal mart off the highway with an exit especially for them. Guess what? revenues werent what they expected so the Mart left and the town is now an economic disaster. "
There is a majority of people in the City of Guelph that does want a Wal-Mart and I am one of those. Yes , I do want low prices as I work hard for my money and I want it to go as far as I can get it to. As for the Wal-mart in Woodstock having it's own exit off the highway, the exit you are talking about has been there since before I lived in Woodstock in the sixties. Wal-mart has not left Woodstock they have just relocated.