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(WSBTV)   Atlanta neighborhood that is home to a Home Depot, Target and Best Buy suddenly decides it doesn't like big box stores when it comes to Walmart   (wsbtv.com ) divider line
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2012-09-17 03:15:57 PM  
"If they are opposed to Walmart, why aren't they opposed to Target and Home Depot? I mean, if you don't want to live in that type of neighborhood, then don't move here," neighbor Dave Henry said.

Because Wal-mart sucks in ways that Home Depot and Target don't?
Also, the Target and Home Depot have only been there a few years. I'd wager a lot of people lived there long before those big box stores showed up.
 
2012-09-17 03:17:57 PM  
I guarantee you there will be a flock of seagulls in that neighborhood they didn't have before if a Wool Mort goes in there. Those other stores dont' toss out food in dumpsters wholsale like the trough loader, woolmort does.
I bet the residents figured that out.
 
2012-09-17 03:18:43 PM  
For good reason!

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2012-09-17 03:22:30 PM  
One of these things is not like the others.
 
2012-09-17 03:27:41 PM  

Rev. Skarekroe: "If they are opposed to Walmart, why aren't they opposed to Target and Home Depot? I mean, if you don't want to live in that type of neighborhood, then don't move here," neighbor Dave Henry said.


Or, "If you didn't mind some commercial development in your neighborhood, surely you won't mind massive rezoning and a bunch more commercial development!". Makes sense, Dave.
 
2012-09-17 04:31:00 PM  
Hey my neighborhood has those things.
 
2012-09-17 05:22:23 PM  
In New Orleans, most of these stores are relegated to the suburbs. I'm sort of torn on this. We have a sh*t-ton of chintzy T-shirt shops bordering the French Quarter, but we get up in arms when a big-box store wants to locate here. Getting the Wal-Mart even came down to them using some of the original bricks from the housing project it replaced. Upper-crust history buffs had to be placated, chiefly vocal among them being Anne Rice (funny, she loved this town so much she bailed for San Francisco).

In NOLA many people don't drive (old city, laid in a grid, easy public transit, etc). Since Wal-Mart came, untold thousands of families can now get cheap back-to-school stuff and other needed items that previously required borrowing a car or taking a complicated series of transit transfers to the 'burbs, where there are no sidewalks and assholes throw beer bottles at you.

Yeah, Wal-Mart is definitely evil. But who can deny the service they provide to communities, particularly poor ones? It might suck that Lulu at the corner food store might go out of business, but no one wants to pay $4 for a dozen eggs. The benefit to the community seems to outweigh the concerns about losing "character" in the city.

After Katrina I went to Philly for a short time, mostly to de-stress and unplug from "Katrina fatigue." What struck me is the location of major stores like Macy's or whatever in the downtown area. That is supremely convenient and as far as I can tell didn't take anything from the character of the area. It's just a farking store, people, like Wal-Mart is. Since I left my vehicle in New Orleans, I'd have been screwed in Philly if not for the subway and centrally located big-box stores that sold me cheap sh*t.
 
2012-09-17 05:27:12 PM  

dickfreckle: In New Orleans, most of these stores are relegated to the suburbs. I'm sort of torn on this. We have a sh*t-ton of chintzy T-shirt shops bordering the French Quarter, but we get up in arms when a big-box store wants to locate here. Getting the Wal-Mart even came down to them using some of the original bricks from the housing project it replaced. Upper-crust history buffs had to be placated, chiefly vocal among them being Anne Rice (funny, she loved this town so much she bailed for San Francisco).

In NOLA many people don't drive (old city, laid in a grid, easy public transit, etc). Since Wal-Mart came, untold thousands of families can now get cheap back-to-school stuff and other needed items that previously required borrowing a car or taking a complicated series of transit transfers to the 'burbs, where there are no sidewalks and assholes throw beer bottles at you.

Yeah, Wal-Mart is definitely evil. But who can deny the service they provide to communities, particularly poor ones? It might suck that Lulu at the corner food store might go out of business, but no one wants to pay $4 for a dozen eggs. The benefit to the community seems to outweigh the concerns about losing "character" in the city.

After Katrina I went to Philly for a short time, mostly to de-stress and unplug from "Katrina fatigue." What struck me is the location of major stores like Macy's or whatever in the downtown area. That is supremely convenient and as far as I can tell didn't take anything from the character of the area. It's just a farking store, people, like Wal-Mart is. Since I left my vehicle in New Orleans, I'd have been screwed in Philly if not for the subway and centrally located big-box stores that sold me cheap sh*t.


I didn't live in NOLA when Wal Mart came, but I do now.  And in a historic district.  Ugh.  There's nothing worse than going to neighborhood association meetings.
 
These people fear *everything* is going to ruin their lives.
 
Went to a meeting about a new riverfront park.  Its going to have an open-air theater where music and the like can be scheduled.
 
Some dude actually said "Great, now we're going to have concerts with 80,000 people in our neighborhood!"
 
Seriously.  That's an actual quote.
 
2012-09-17 05:32:27 PM  
I'm calling shenanigans...
How did any neighbourhood not have the Wally World first?
 
2012-09-17 05:40:40 PM  
I'm not sure which way I lean here. Target essentially IS Wal-Mart.
 
2012-09-17 05:51:06 PM  

Rev. Skarekroe: "If they are opposed to Walmart, why aren't they opposed to Target and Home Depot? I mean, if you don't want to live in that type of neighborhood, then don't move here," neighbor Dave Henry said.

Because Wal-mart sucks in ways that Home Depot and Target don't?
Also, the Target and Home Depot have only been there a few years. I'd wager a lot of people lived there long before those big box stores showed up.


The Home Depot has only been there for a couple of years--but it moved from another Buckhead location about 1/2 mile away where it had been forever (at least 10 years that I remember). The location Walmart wants to use was an old KMart. Same thing is happening in nearby Decatur. Personally-I believe it's brand snobbery. It's not about traffic--it's about the stigma of having such a bourgeoisie store in the area they otherwise enjoy turning their noses up to.
 
2012-09-17 05:59:05 PM  

FishyFred: I'm not sure which way I lean here. Target essentially IS Wal-Mart.


i would beg to differ, kind sir.

target is another type of store, altogether.
 
2012-09-17 06:01:10 PM  
Well, Walmart is a threat to all of of those stores and then some. It sells damn near everything they offer and at a cheaper cost.

Why go from 4-5 big market stores to just the one?
 
2012-09-17 06:01:51 PM  
Target is another type of store.
 
2012-09-17 06:03:12 PM  
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/oblig
 
2012-09-17 06:04:51 PM  

Hyperbolic Hyperbole: Well, Walmart is a threat to all of of those stores and then some. It sells damn near everything they offer and at a cheaper cost.

Why go from 4-5 big market stores to just the one?


Actually, I read recently that Target is now beating a lot of Wal-Mart's prices. And on top of that you can reduce your entire bill by 5% just by using a Target card. And you don't have to spend half an hour around a bunch of Wal-Mart shoppers.
 
2012-09-17 06:04:57 PM  
hit me up when they make a "People of Best Buy" or "People of Target" comedy website
 
2012-09-17 06:05:11 PM  
Target and Wal-Mart are functionally identical. They stock the same items from the same Chinese factories in slightly different packaging at nearly identical pricing. In fact, Target is often cheaper.

The only difference is the decor. One tends to deter creepy trash the way classical music keeps punks out of parks.
 
2012-09-17 06:06:51 PM  
img1.fark.net
www.buzzlol.com
 
2012-09-17 06:06:52 PM  
Home Depot, Target: Middle Class
Wal-Mart: Working/Lower Class

Nobody like poor people.
 
2012-09-17 06:07:04 PM  
Get over it Subby.

There is a difference in who Target, Bestbuy, & Home Depot bring to the neighborhood compared to Wal-Mart
 
2012-09-17 06:07:53 PM  
because "backfat" thats why


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2012-09-17 06:07:54 PM  
Because they don't want MARTA to turn into MATB
 
2012-09-17 06:08:48 PM  
Better late than never.
 
2012-09-17 06:08:58 PM  

lacrossestar83: hit me up when they make a "People of Best Buy" or "People of Target" comedy website


"People of Target" would be mostly milfs.
not exactly comedy, but absolutely worth a website.
 
2012-09-17 06:09:03 PM  

The Dog Ate My Homework: Actually, I read recently that Target is now beating a lot of Wal-Mart's prices. And on top of that you can reduce your entire bill by 5% just by using a Target card. And you don't have to spend half an hour around a bunch of Wal-Mart shoppers.


It really depends on what you're shopping for, and spending the time comparing can be a pain in the ass, but it's just more of a taking mental notes thing. I have a pretty good idea of what will be cheaper where.

And what most Targets have over Walmart in a big way are the clearance endcaps. Some real treasures in there.
 
2012-09-17 06:09:56 PM  

super_grass: Home Depot, Target: Middle Class
Wal-Mart: Working/Lower Class

Nobody like poor people.


Wal Mart is low class, not lower class
 
2012-09-17 06:10:05 PM  

freewill: Target and Wal-Mart are functionally identical. They stock the same items from the same Chinese factories in slightly different packaging at nearly identical pricing. In fact, Target is often cheaper.

The only difference is the decor. One tends to deter creepy trash the way classical music keeps punks out of parks.


Target does not engage in certain deplorable business practices that Wal-Mart is infamous for. That's the difference.
 
2012-09-17 06:10:40 PM  

Sticky Hands: "People of Target" would be mostly milfs.
not exactly comedy, but absolutely worth a website.


I thought there had been a People of Target or Women of Target site... and yeah, it was hot milfy types.

 
2012-09-17 06:11:23 PM  
I can understand. For whatever reason Wal-mart just attracts the trashiest of the white trash, the dregs of society. I don't know why, near as I can tell Target's prices are about the same, however it is just how it goes. You go to the Target near my house, you see a real mix of people. No surprise, you can find neighbourhoods that have million dollar houses and some near ghettos, all within a few city blocks. So you see most everyone shop there. However anyone really sketchy they'll toss out.

You go to a Walmart just a couple miles away, and it is white trash hell. Whole place smells like stale popcorn and urine, people are walking around in stained wife-beaters, kids run amuck, it is just crap.

I don't know why Wal-mart is a magnet for that, but it really is. Hence I can understand people not wanting such a magnet near them.
 
2012-09-17 06:11:49 PM  

super_grass: Target: Middle Class


Really?? What family making 200-250k a year or less shops at Target?
 
2012-09-17 06:12:16 PM  

BravadoGT: The Home Depot has only been there for a couple of years--but it moved from another Buckhead location about 1/2 mile away where it had been forever (at least 10 years that I remember). The location Walmart wants to use was an old KMart.


I thought the Target and Home Depot were where the K-Mart used to be?
My dentist was in that K-Mart shopping center...
 
2012-09-17 06:13:14 PM  

itsfullofstars: because "backfat" thats why


[www.oddee.com image 450x281]


This one is way worse (PNSFW, fat lady with a plumber's crack)
 
2012-09-17 06:13:52 PM  
Can anyone blame them?

Don't think so.
 
2012-09-17 06:14:21 PM  

FishyFred: I'm not sure which way I lean here. Target essentially IS Wal-Mart.


The different between Target and Walmart, let me see...

Same non-union workforce
Same gigantic footprint.
Same crap products (marginally better in Target)
Prices little higher in Target

Walmart- loaded with rifraf and blah people
Target- More white people

/from happily Walmart-free NYC
//We've got Targets though
///2 closest to me are Harlem and South Bronx.
 
2012-09-17 06:15:41 PM  

dickfreckle: In New Orleans, most of these stores are relegated to the suburbs. I'm sort of torn on this. We have a sh*t-ton of chintzy T-shirt shops bordering the French Quarter, but we get up in arms when a big-box store wants to locate here. Getting the Wal-Mart even came down to them using some of the original bricks from the housing project it replaced. Upper-crust history buffs had to be placated, chiefly vocal among them being Anne Rice (funny, she loved this town so much she bailed for San Francisco).

In NOLA many people don't drive (old city, laid in a grid, easy public transit, etc). Since Wal-Mart came, untold thousands of families can now get cheap back-to-school stuff and other needed items that previously required borrowing a car or taking a complicated series of transit transfers to the 'burbs, where there are no sidewalks and assholes throw beer bottles at you.

Yeah, Wal-Mart is definitely evil. But who can deny the service they provide to communities, particularly poor ones? It might suck that Lulu at the corner food store might go out of business, but no one wants to pay $4 for a dozen eggs. The benefit to the community seems to outweigh the concerns about losing "character" in the city.

After Katrina I went to Philly for a short time, mostly to de-stress and unplug from "Katrina fatigue." What struck me is the location of major stores like Macy's or whatever in the downtown area. That is supremely convenient and as far as I can tell didn't take anything from the character of the area. It's just a farking store, people, like Wal-Mart is. Since I left my vehicle in New Orleans, I'd have been screwed in Philly if not for the subway and centrally located big-box stores that sold me cheap sh*t.


You'll be singing a different tune when you are awash in a sea of gunt and deafening drone of overworked, sputtering Rascals.
 
2012-09-17 06:15:50 PM  
Such a timely thread as I had my annual visit to one of my local Walmart's yesterday. As many other posters have mentioned it's filled with fat, dirty, disgusting assholes and white trash. I've never seen so many people riding around on Rascals in one store in my life. Home Depot and Target (to a lesser extent than Walmart at least) are not filled with these folks. I hate that store with a passion, And not because it's a "big box" store. It's because it's a black hole of suck that attracts the dregs of society.
 
2012-09-17 06:19:03 PM  
It's because of the people Walmart attracts.
 
2012-09-17 06:19:32 PM  

VTGremlin: Really?? What family making 200-250k a year or less shops at Target?


What family making $200,000-$250,000 a year is middle class?

 
2012-09-17 06:19:41 PM  
Where did these people shop before Walmart?

I don't remember seeing them when my mother was dragging me into K-Mart to get some red and green Toughskins.
 
2012-09-17 06:19:49 PM  

taxandspend: Target has things like 'The Shops,' limited run designer collections and other products that make it seem above the crest


i didn't know they were called "the shops", but that is what I was referring to. I don't buy appliances or food at targets or walmarts. but, sometimes you can find decent, cheap flatware, clothing, and some other stuff at target, which you would never find at walmart.
 
2012-09-17 06:20:23 PM  

sycraft: I can understand. For whatever reason Wal-mart just attracts the trashiest of the white trash, the dregs of society. I don't know why, near as I can tell Target's prices are about the same, however it is just how it goes. You go to the Target near my house, you see a real mix of people. No surprise, you can find neighbourhoods that have million dollar houses and some near ghettos, all within a few city blocks. So you see most everyone shop there. However anyone really sketchy they'll toss out.

You go to a Walmart just a couple miles away, and it is white trash hell. Whole place smells like stale popcorn and urine, people are walking around in stained wife-beaters, kids run amuck, it is just crap.

I don't know why Wal-mart is a magnet for that, but it really is. Hence I can understand people not wanting such a magnet near them.


Concentrating undesirables at a store you don't frequent sounds like a win-win to me.

/waiting for HipsterMart to open up nearby.
 
2012-09-17 06:20:25 PM  
F*ck WalMart
They won't let kids sing the Star Spangled Banner!
They are anti-american!
 
2012-09-17 06:20:37 PM  

12349876: itsfullofstars: because "backfat" thats why


[www.oddee.com image 450x281]

This one is way worse (PNSFW, fat lady with a plumber's crack)


I'll raise you. i106.photobucket.com
 
2012-09-17 06:21:27 PM  

Rev. Skarekroe:
My dentist was in that K-Mart shopping center...


Oh shiat, is he ok?
 
2012-09-17 06:21:45 PM  
To be a good liberal, you are required to hate Wal-Mart.
 
2012-09-17 06:23:11 PM  

vegasj: VTGremlin: Really?? What family making 200-250k a year or less shops at Target?

What family making $200,000-$250,000 a year is middle class?


awkwardpress.com
 
2012-09-17 06:23:25 PM  
Just to throw my 2 cents in... I remember what that area was like before they "Urban renewed" it. Mostly low rent apartments/housing projects. Then a few years ago a developer came in to build one of those planned community area. Then end result was tearing down all the lower income housing, as well as the McDonalds. And they built a ton of condos as well as a new bank, a nursing school, and a bunch of new business fronts.

Buckhead residents might be opposed to WalMart on principle, but I'm thinking it's more of a "we just got rid of most of the lower class folks, let's not entice them back" sort of thing.
 
2012-09-17 06:24:02 PM  

vegasj: VTGremlin: Really?? What family making 200-250k a year or less shops at Target?

What family making $200,000-$250,000 a year is middle class?


IDK, but if you have 49 people in your household and make 200k you are below the poverty threshold.
 
2012-09-17 06:24:04 PM  
America will shop at Wal-Mart or our Chinese Overlords will come over here and murder our asses.
 
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