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Roundup: How Might Wal-Mart Affect Shrewsbury?

Studies and news articles paint a complex picture of the large retailer's effect on local communities.

Shrewsbury won't be the first community where Wal-Mart has proved controversial. The retailer's efforts to expand into a new town are often met with resistance, and there have been many allegations related to how it treats employees.

The company has upwards of 9,000 locations in 15 countries, and it employs more than 2 million people, according to its corporate website.

Studies and news stories reveal a complex image of the nation's largest company. Patch gathered a fraction of this information together so you can better understand what the store's effects might be on Shrewsbury if the redevelopment of Kenrick Plaza moves ahead.

News Stories

Studies

Many studies have looked at the impact Wal-Mart's stores have on a local community. Here are a few examples, but many more can be found online.

Interest Groups

Interest groups have started across the county to oppose Wal-Mart and other large retailers:

  • New Rules Project is dedicated to creating new rules and public policy for communities so they can be more self-sufficient.
  • Walmart Watch's website states it "seeks to hold Walmart fully accountable for its impact on communities, ... and the nation’s economy."

Other groups support Wal-Mart:

Related Patch Coverage:

Plans and other documents can be found on the city's website.

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