Walmarts near Boston?

Jun 8th, 2008, 07:06 PM
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Let's see....the largest ball of twine or a Walmart store. Hm....I'll go for the big ball!
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The True Cost of Things- Why Walmart S.U.C.K.S.
(Senseless Uneducated Consumerism Killing Society)

The day Wal-Mart came to town, the townsfolk were downright joyful about it. A huge, brand new, job-providing, property tax paying mega-store planting itself on the edge of the community. And did I mention huge? And amazingly low prices, too! Get the kids! Let’s go shopping!

And they did. Suddenly that $25 widget at the downtown hardware store could be had for a mere $14.95. Incredible! Film developing at the local camera shop was way too expensive now. Prices at the market down the street? Forget about it! Too high compared to the brand new superstore. And the convenience! Food, car batteries, electronics, books, beer, clothes, jewelry, and more, and more, and more… The local unemployed lined up for the new jobs, thrilled at their fresh prospects for a steady paycheck and the self-respect society confers on those with a job. So what if it pays only minimum wage, with minimum benefits . . . it’s a job!

The vast parking lot overflowed, the “deals” crowded like cornucopia in consumers’ carts, and all was well in their world.

Well, sure, there was that “Going Out of Business Sale” sign that appeared in one of the downtown store windows. But only one . . . well, maybe there were two or three after awhile. But no worries. It happens, you know, very sad to see them go, but after all, their prices were always a bit high, so it’s no wonder they went under. The independent bookstore, a fixture for 30 years—the store that people had deeply woven into their life stories—gone. The owners–your neighbors, your friends– moved away, disheartened and disillusioned. The hardware store, that ancient edifice, the old paradigm of personal, knowledgeable customer service—gone. Same with the sporting goods store. One by one, the downtown core, the heart and soul of the business community, dying away. And gradually, as stories of fear and financial failure from friends and acquaintances spread through the town, people finally began to wonder. How did this happen? Why are there no jobs anymore with decent wages? Why are the lines at the unemployment office growing even longer? Why have I lost touch with so many people I used to see downtown every week and share the local news with? Why do I have to drive all the way to the edge of town on a busy stop & go street just to buy something I need?

Too late. This town, this community of decent, hard-working people, was addicted, and they didn’t even know it. Having sold their souls to Wal-Mart’s company store for a cheap consumer high, their fate was sealed. They never realized they were degrading themselves, their friends, their families, and their community—just by going shopping.

The mega-store, the so-called Big Box store (Wal-Mart being the biggest of them all) comes to town with a Big Plan. The plan usually works because “consumers” (known locally as “people”) are so predictable. They want to buy things cheaper. What could possibly be wrong with guaranteed lower prices? Let’s shop!

The Shadow of Low, Low Prices
Almost every dollar spent super-shopping immediately leaves town for corporate headquarters out-of-state, never to re-circulate again in the local economy. Life blood lost.

Wal-Mart is so powerful, it usually gets its way through sheer economic force. It can under-price local businesses because it coerces suppliers to cut their costs in order to get the contract with them. As a result, manufacturing jobs fly to places like China, where girls and young women in sweatshops slave under horrific conditions for next to nothing, so Americans can buy cheap clothing & widgets 10,000 miles away. What a deal! The local hardware store, bookstore, sporting goods store, bakery, electronics store, music shop, toy store, food market—all closed through lack of local support because Americans chase those guaranteed lower prices. The local factory—you know, the one that used to manufacture widgets, that used to employ 100 local people at family wages with benefits; the one that was part of the town’s identity? Closed. More life blood lost. Money is the blood of a local economy, and this community is bleeding to death.

And guess what? Your job at the local supermarket is about to be sucked dry, too. You see, Wal-Mart doesn’t pay its employees what you get paid, nor does it give the benefits you receive. So, to remain competitive, your employer has just lowered your pay and cut your benefits! Don’t like it? Not gonna stand for it! Fine, they say. Go try to find anything better in this dying town.

The cycle affects everyone in the community. Everyone is sucked into the downward spiral. And that sound you hear? Yes, indeed, it’s a sucking sound. Wal-Mart is a parasite on the town body. Like a giant tick, it attaches itself to the side of a community, digs in and begins to suck the money out. It entices local folks with goodies at prices unheard of. Like innocents entering an opium den, people succumb to the illusion of prosperity, not realizing the enormous price to be paid soon after. Everything sinks to the lowest denominator (or is that dominator)—wages, prices, products, and services. Until most people have to shop there, because either they can’t afford to do otherwise, or there’s no other widget stores left.

Maybe that $14.95 widget wasn’t so cheap, after all.
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Jun 8th, 2008, 08:14 PM
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Well I see at least one person answered your question without preaching at you.
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Jun 9th, 2008, 05:30 AM
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I just have to laugh.

Everyone hates Wal*Mart.


Everyone goes to Wal*Mart.
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Um, no everyone does not go to Wal-Mart. If you would like to share w/your guests everything that is wrong w/the US, then by all means, take them to Wal-Mart.
Jun 9th, 2008, 06:17 AM
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Agree. Not everyone goes to Walmart.
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Jun 9th, 2008, 06:29 AM
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This is not a reprimand, exactly..... , however, I am beginning to understand the reputation that some attribute to us fodorites.

No matter what some of us---including moi--may think of Walmart, our poor OP did not ask for opinions about where to go, but only for information about a location of a large Walmart.

There is a large Walmart in Framingham that is fairly easily accessed from the Fenway neighborhood. Just head west on route 9 and it will be on your right, altho set back from the road a tad. Start watching for it after you pass the Natick Mall.
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Jun 9th, 2008, 07:51 AM
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I do not shop at Walmart.
Jun 11th, 2008, 10:43 AM
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The closest ones are in Quincy to the south, Lynn to the north, and Framingham to the west. But none of these Wal Marts are especially close to Boston.
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Jun 11th, 2008, 10:57 AM
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I live in Carlsbad, 30 miles north of San Diego. When Wal-Mart proposed coming here, there was lots of opposition. One reason occasionally mentioned was that it was too low-class for the community. So Wal-Mart responded that it would put a high-brow Wal-Mart here, with expensive clothing and $100 bottles of wine.
Even though the chain had already acquired property, it later backed out, allegedly because it was scaling back its expansion plans and Carlsbad didn't seem to be as lucrative a location as others under consideration.
I think even Wal-Mart couldn't really imagine a high-brow Wal-Mart.
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Jun 11th, 2008, 01:58 PM
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I don't know how many in your family you are taking to Walmart, but make sure your Zipcar is big enough to fit all of them and their purchases -especially if they are purchasing suitcases that may not be squishy duffles - the Zipcars I've seen parked near us in town are always small cars ! - but maybe they have larger options -

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Jun 11th, 2008, 03:13 PM
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Although most Zipcars are small, they also have larger vehicles like the Ford Escape and even small pickup trucks.
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Jun 11th, 2008, 07:13 PM
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Anonymous: good to know ! I've only seen small ones in our work garage and near our place -
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Jun 11th, 2008, 08:11 PM
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At the Aresenal Mall in Watertown there is a Filene's basement (or was last year). Across the street from the mall is a large Target. Also in Somerville there is a much bigger Target which is pretty easy to get to if you are familiar with the area. DD went to school in Boston and she said many people went to a Walmart across state lines (NH?)where they didn't have to pay sales tax.
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Jun 12th, 2008, 05:02 AM
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Sales tax in MA is 5% and is not applied to food, clothing, and some other seemingly random purchases. Really not worth driving to NH unless you are spending lots of dough, especially with gas prices so high. We live about 10 minutes from the border and usually don't bother except at Christmas time.

As far as Walmart goes, this is not some bucolic quaint area and I have seen some good effects from big box stores moving in. A local hardware store began promoting its service, put in a post office satellite, wallpaper consults, etc. when Home Depot moved in. They are both thriving.
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