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STORE WARS: When Wal-Mart Comes To Town



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  • Those who opposed the building of a Wal-Mart in Ashland expressed concerns about increased traffic, loss of higher paying jobs, decreased revenue and destroying the unique character of their small town. People who supported the supercenter said that the store would bring more jobs, better roads, free enterprise and a larger selection of products at better prices. What do you think? If you were on the town council, how would you have voted?

  • Citizens' groups such as the Pink Flamingos are working to stop the proliferation of big-box stores and sprawl. They are poised in an uphill battle against mega-funded multinational corporations. Do you think that they have a chance?

  • How have the business practices of big-box and chain stores affected the way you shop? For example, do you refuse to shop at stores that employ sweatshops or are staunchly anti-union? Do you think that people should "shop their consciences"? Why or why not?

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