6/21/2010Posted by MJ
An interesting article in The Wall Street Journal about the money and voices behind some of the Walmart resistance across the US.
Robert Brownson long believed that his proposed development here, with its 200,000-square-foot Wal-Mart Supercenter, was being held hostage by nearby homeowners.
He had seen them protesting at city hall, and they had filed a lawsuit to stop the project.
What he didn't know was that the locals were getting a lot of help. A grocery chain with nine stores in the area had hired Saint Consulting Group to secretly run the antidevelopment campaign. Saint is a specialist at fighting proposed Wal-Marts, and it uses tactics it describes as "black arts."...A good read for those around here who always felt that Tops was funding the resistance to the reuse of the old mall site as a Super Center.