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NEWS
July 8, 2011
The reaction to this week on Facebook to news that Walmart bought the Great Indoors site adjacent to the Empire Center was swift and firm: No thank you. It appears that the main reason — outside the usual opposition to the company’s business ethos — was fears over the impact a behemoth retailer would have on the already congested portal to the Empire Center. One commenter summed it up in his post: “We don't need more out-of-towners coming to our city and causing more traffic and taking up parking spots, especially at times like holidays.” Such is the curse of Walmart — it’s a major tax-revenue generator, but with it comes all the trappings of a high-volume store: crowds, traffic, rough competition for small businesses.
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NEWS
September 23, 2011
Critics may call it an unnecessary bureaucratic roadblock for business, while proponents say it's a vital safeguard for the community. An economic impact report can be beastly, expensive and incredibly nuanced, but nevertheless it is the most comprehensive and scientific gauge the public has. In the case of Walmart, such a report studying the potential impacts on everything from child care and traffic to sales tax revenues and existing businesses would...
NEWS
August 30, 2012
We hate to hear of anyone “suffering” because we don't have a Walmart or Sam's Club in Burbank. Maybe they should consider going to the Walmart in Panorama City and the Sam's Club in Sylmar. Everyone talks about how many jobs Walmart would bring, but no one mentions how many small businesses (with employees) would go out of business. The three women behind that lawsuit are not the only ones that do not want a Walmart in Burbank. There are many more that 100% support what they are doing.
NEWS
March 24, 2012
There is a lawn sign in my neighborhood that says: “Burbank: Stop Walmart, Live Better.” Of course, there has been zero explanation of why we in West Burbank, or any part of the city, would be worse off if Walmart opens in that big, vacant store in an established shopping center located in an industrial/commercial section of town. The hype against Walmart is based upon old complaints in other parts of the country that just aren't applicable here, or upon labor union frustrations about not being able to collect more dues.
NEWS
September 28, 2012
Re: “ Crime motivates Walmart opposition ,” Mailbag, Sept. 26. The letter writer says, “The type of people the store (Walmart) attracts and the crime would be bad for the rest of the businesses in that area,” meaning the Empire Center. She goes on to say we have a Costco, Target and a Kmart nearby. Well, I was in line in the Kmart store on Wednesday with three women together in line ahead of me. They bought $96 worth of merchandise, argued with the cashier over the total, and they tried to pay for it with a bogus credit card.
NEWS
September 28, 2012
I've been quiet, reading the various emails regarding the Walmart. But enough is enough. I want the Walmart! I don't know those three women who went to court. All I know is they did not represent me or my views on the subject. I want the Walmart! Please add my voice. Mary Hillman Burbank
NEWS
May 18, 2012
Burbank residents are tired of Walmart spokespeople falsely claiming that Burbank wants a Walmart, and we're tired of being referred to as “special interests.” When it was announced that Walmart purchased the space formerly occupied by the Great Indoors, it was residents who launched Facebook pages and a Twitter account in an effort to organize; it was residents who stayed until midnight at City Council meetings to speak out against Walmart...
NEWS
October 7, 2011
The irrational sign-wavers are out in uber-emotional force decrying Walmart and its imminent opening in Burbank (“Protesters rally against Walmart,” Sept. 20). They claim to be worried about potential job losses in Burbank if Walmart opens, but in their dazed and hazy excitable states they overlook that there have been at least three other large vacancies in Empire Center in the past few years that were in no way attributable to Walmart. Further, but wholly ignored by the antis, the currently vacant, non-profit producing, non-employing, non-wage-paying Great Indoors went out of business all on its own - Walmart had nothing to do with that failure, either.
NEWS
March 7, 2014
Did the three Burbank women who filed a lawsuit against Walmart ever file a lawsuit against IKEA, whose employees are also non-union? Or because IKEA's very large store would also bring increased traffic? IKEA's factory employees in Sweden “enjoy a minimum wage of about $19 an hour,” according to a 2011 article in the Los Angeles Times. Now that IKEA is planning a huge expansion in Burbank, why aren't these three protesters protesting against that? Certainly the money that is going toward paying the three women's attorney fees could be put to better use, especially since Walmart will, sooner or later, be doing business in Burbank.
NEWS
December 13, 2011
I don't usually express my opinion in a local newspaper, but after reading yet another negative comment about Walmart coming to Burbank (“How to keep Walmart out,” Dec. 11), I felt like I needed to say something. I am hoping that others have written to your paper to express positive support for Walmart coming to Burbank, and that many of them have been published. I have lived in Burbank for more than 30 years and love this community. I shop at Empire Center and am so thankful it is there, and business appears to be thriving.
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