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Wal-Mart pops onto scene, makes its mark (FINALLY, MORE CHICAGO WAL-MARTS)
Chicago Tribune ^ | July 4, 2010 | Julie Wernau, Tribune reporter

Posted on 07/04/2010 2:43:50 PM PDT by Chi-townChief

Walk into the lone Chicago Wal-Mart to stock up on pop in the summer heat and there, rising like a palm tree in an oasis, is a stack of Coke cases at a special price: 24 cans for $5.

A brand-name beverage like Coca-Cola for about 20 cents a can is more than a great deal. It's a sign of Wal-Mart's purchasing might, a warning shot to competitors and less than good news for the beverage industry.

Experts call that kind of intimidating power "disruption," and it will come to the Chicago area in a bigger way now that Wal-Mart plans to open a second store in the city, on its way to what it hopes will be dozens more urban locations.

(Excerpt) Read more at chicagotribune.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: chicago; cocacola; unions; walmart
For these liberals, low prices are a bad thing.
1 posted on 07/04/2010 2:43:55 PM PDT by Chi-townChief
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To: Chi-townChief

Will Mayor Daley allow them to sell ammunition?


2 posted on 07/04/2010 2:47:44 PM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: Chi-townChief
Leave it an idiot Tribune reporter to think that high prices for the poor is a good thing.
3 posted on 07/04/2010 2:49:20 PM PDT by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: Chi-townChief

Great news...this is the end of the “urban food desert” nonsense. Now the inner city folk can get obese, too.


4 posted on 07/04/2010 2:49:51 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: EGPWS

Doubtful - The Dick is probably working on that as we speak.


5 posted on 07/04/2010 2:50:35 PM PDT by Chi-townChief
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

Yeah - I don’t drink much in the way of soda but at least the people in some of these neighborhoods will have an alternative to feeding their kids a diet of Doritos.


6 posted on 07/04/2010 2:52:27 PM PDT by Chi-townChief
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To: Chi-townChief

Oh, good grief. There are plenty of Jewel and Cub Food stores in Chicago that can match that price on Coca-Cola. The big deal isn’t that Wal-Mart is in Chicago ... the big deal is that there is a big discount house on the SOUTH SIDE, where Jewel and Cub do not play. I remember when I was car-less, living on the south side, I had to buy my TV from a Walgreens. Even Woolworth had its uses. Different place.


7 posted on 07/04/2010 2:53:34 PM PDT by Dr. Sivana (There is no salvation in politics)
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To: Chi-townChief

Walmart is an absolute Gift From God for the enslaved poor of the Royal Daley Monarchy.


8 posted on 07/04/2010 2:59:15 PM PDT by FormerACLUmember ("Subtlety is not going to win this fight": NJ Governor Chris Christie)
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To: Chi-townChief

And Wal-Mart ain’t a union shop, youse guyz.


9 posted on 07/04/2010 3:01:01 PM PDT by szweig (HYHEY!! (Have You Had Enough Yet))
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To: Chi-townChief

it’s great for the beverage industry or they wouldn’t be selling it to Wal-Mart at that price.


10 posted on 07/04/2010 3:06:59 PM PDT by GeronL (Just say NO to conservativecave.com, it rots your teeth!)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

They already passed a bill to spend a billion dollars putting grocery stores in the inner cities. Very stupid people in government these days.


11 posted on 07/04/2010 3:08:12 PM PDT by GeronL (Just say NO to conservativecave.com, it rots your teeth!)
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To: Chi-townChief
Does Chicago charge its own sales tax on top of a state sales tax? If so, it makes more sense for Chicago residents to shop outside of the city.

Of course, a majority of people in Chicago seem to be clueless morons who continually vote Democrat, so I can't imagine them being smart enough to comprehend that.

12 posted on 07/04/2010 3:10:21 PM PDT by pnh102 (Regarding liberalism, always attribute to malice what you think can be explained by stupidity. - Me)
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To: Chi-townChief

Page after page of hand-wringing about the poor put-upon suppliers and oh how difficult a time competitors might have, but not one single word about the benefit of low prices for consumers! (You know, those consumers who use to buy the Trib, but for some strange reason aren’t buying it as much any more.)

Personally, I absolutely love Wal-Mart. There’s one about five miles from me, and I can walk in and buy the most amazing variety of goods in one store! I just love the convenience aspect of Wal-Mart.

But, to me, Wal-Mart is just another store. Their meat is basically horrible, and their fruits and vegetables are extremely hit or miss. (I buy my meat at Costco, and my vegetables and fruits at a great variety of other shops.)

My Wal-Mart’s pharmacy is first class compared to Walgreens, whose pharmacy motto might as well be “If we can f**k it up, we will! Plus are prices are guaranteed to be the highest anywhere, too!” But I vastly prefer Penny’s for clothing, both price, selection and quality.

So, basically, Wal-Mart is just another store. They do some things well, but they don’t do everything well.


13 posted on 07/04/2010 3:13:32 PM PDT by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Made from the Right Stuff!)
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To: Lurker
Leave it an idiot Tribune reporter to think that high prices for the poor is a good thing.

Libtards want fewer poor people so high food prices in the liberal mind serve as an incentive for more abortions or for more govt programs (probably both!)

14 posted on 07/04/2010 3:13:43 PM PDT by Nat Turner (I can see NOVEMBER from my house....)
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To: Chi-townChief

But Wal-mart doesn’t have unions? how much you wanna bet some union folks shop there:)


15 posted on 07/04/2010 3:18:47 PM PDT by katiedidit1
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To: pnh102
If so, it makes more sense for Chicago residents to shop outside of the city.

Bringing groceries on the bus is sad. Tolls on all the highways don't help for those with cars. Different world.
16 posted on 07/04/2010 3:50:45 PM PDT by Dr. Sivana (There is no salvation in politics)
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To: Chi-townChief

I saw that as well this morning in the Tribune. It was framed like an expose. Lower Price Scandal! How much does Jewel Foods advertise in the Tribune? I wonder.


17 posted on 07/04/2010 3:51:20 PM PDT by Thebaddog (Shakey Jake said, " The hippies will never survive!")
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To: GeronL
More Guns, More Wal-Marts! The $4 prescriptions are a life saver to us financially impaired
barbra ann
18 posted on 07/04/2010 4:17:07 PM PDT by barb-tex (REMEMBER NOVEMBER!!! Slim as it may be, it is our last hope.)
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To: pnh102

“Does Chicago charge its own sales tax on top of a state sales tax? If so, it makes more sense for Chicago residents to shop outside of the city.”

For food items about 85% of people don’t care. They use their LINK card and pay no taxes.


19 posted on 07/04/2010 4:53:11 PM PDT by Bluebeard16
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To: catnipman

Walgreens prescription level of service depends heavily on who’s in the white smock behind the pharmacy desk. If you have idiots who don’t know what they are doing, my sympathies to you. That can happen at any pharmacy; I was underwhelmed when I went to my own local Wal-Mart pharmacy. (But you can’t beat the Wal-Mart price on a lot of over the counter items.) Price pressure from rivals has recently forced Walgreens down on some commonly prescribed drugs.


20 posted on 07/04/2010 8:30:54 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (I am in America but not of America (per bible: am in the world but not of it))
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To: ProtectOurFreedom
Inner city folk are already obese. Now they will have a chance to buy some decent food at low prices.
21 posted on 07/05/2010 5:34:50 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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