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Wal-Mart is a magnet for growth

Posted by Marjorie Pritchard  September 26, 2011 03:24 PM

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By Chris Buchanan

While the vocal minority is busy trying to revive the same, old urban myths (Wal-Mart doesn’t belong in Somerville,” Sept. 22, we’re focused on delivering solutions for customers in Somerville who want more affordable grocery options in their own neighborhood.

We think customers should decide for themselves where they shop and work. We find that the more facts people learn about the company, the more they see the value in bringing a Wal-Mart store to their community. For example, Wal-Mart provides a broad assortment of grocery, pharmacy and consumable products at an everyday low price. Our wages and benefits meet or exceed those offered by a majority of our competitors, union and non-union alike. And our stores are often magnets for growth and development all across the country.

We’re proud of the contributions we make in communities across the country, from creating jobs and generating tax revenue to helping customers save and contributing to local non-profits, and look forward to engaging with Somerville residents to listen to concerns, answer questions and share information about our company.

Chris Buchanan is director of public affairs and government relations at Wal-Mart.

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