August 31, 2003
Wal-Mart tries to rally support
The Associated Press
CENTRAL POINT - Wal-Mart, the world's largest retailer, sent fliers to 10,000 Southern Oregon residents this week, urging them to support a proposed new SuperCenter here.
The mass mailing come after plans for the 207,000-square-foot store have drawn a steady stream of criticism from some local residents.
``We think it's important for people to voice their opinions one way or another,'' Wal-Mart spokeswoman Amy Hill said on Friday. ``There is a vocal minority out there trying to stop Wal-Mart in Central Point. We wanted to give people a chance to show their support.''
Becca Croft, a spokeswoman for Central Point First, the group that is opposing the new store, said she thought the fliers meant that her group's actions have gotten under the skin of the Bentonville, Ark.-based retailing giant.
The one-page flier urged residents to pledge their support for Wal-Mart in a variety of ways, including writing letters to the editor or speaking out at public hearings and meetings. It also noted that the new store would bring 250 jobs to the community.
Hill said Wal-Mart often uses such fliers when trying to build a new store. She said the retailer might mail a similar flier to Medford residents in its attempt to build a Supercenter there.