Walmart Expansion – Not!
By Elena Perez
Until Walmart becomes a responsible employer, challenging its expansion is an essential element of the work of the coalition, Making Change at Walmart Puget Sound. Walmart’s new, smaller and primarily grocery footprint for urban expansion, the Neighborhood Market, recently opened its first stores in Washington State in Bellevue and Lynnwood.
Promenade 23, a shopping center in Seattle’s Central District might be the site of the next Walmart. Its current owner, Weingarten Realty, expressed interest last year in replacing the locally owned and union operated Red Apple with a Walmart. Since then, pressure from our coalition has forced Weingarten to pull back from that position, but its latest public statement still emphasizes that all options are on the table.
In response to this and other development concerns in the Central Area, coalition partners joined leaders in the area to form the Central Area Community Development Coalition (CACDC). It provides space and support for Central Area residents, business owners and organizations to organize for transparent and community-controlled development that preserves the existing culture and economic character of the community, living wage jobs, and locally owned businesses.
If you live or work in the Central Area, please join us at the next meeting:
Date: Wednesday, February 20th
Time: 4pm – 5:30pm
Location: Greater Mt. Baker Baptist Church (2425 S. Jackson Street, Seattle)