If you've been following this blog you know of the battles Bob and I have over grocery shopping. His preferred store is FredMeyer (Kroger) and mine is Safeway. It would appear we may have found a store on neutral turf, Walmart.
Walmart has recently opened a grocery store near us. It's only sells groceries and has a pharmacy. It's not one of their big box stores. I never used Walmart when we lived in Texas, and until recently it wasn't an option in Oregon.
Every time I enter this new store I have a bad feeling. I keep thinking I'm supposed to be boycotting Walmart for some reason but I don't remember what.
I looked online to see what I could find. It looks like progressives may be boycotting Walmart because they pay low wages and do not give their employees enough hours to require them to have to pay benefits.
I'm assuming this is the issue. Now I have a decision to make. Paying low wages and not paying benefits would make Republicans smile because that would be a money maker for Walmart. Paying low wages and not paying benefits would make Democrats frown because employees would not be making a living wage or have the benefits all Americans need, such as healthcare.
I've never liked Walmart since the day one went in near us in Texas. It was built out of concrete blocks, it was huge, the parking lot was huge, and the building was painted gray and blue. It was one ugly store. The few times I was there It was crowded, and the parking lot and sidewalk areas around the store were dirty. I hate big box stores on a good day and I really don't like crowded ones. Nothing about it was pleasing to the eye.
Now it appears Walmart has finally figured out it might be a good idea to build stores that blend with the surrounding buildings. I have to say this new grocery store is very nice and the architecture blends nicely.
I can't find much to criticize except that I have this nagging feeling I'm not supposed to shop there because they're bad. Are they bad for the economy, bad for other businesses in the area, bad because they pay low wages?
What do you think about Walmart?