If it’s been quiet here at No Mount Orab Wal-Mart that may be a good thing. It’s difficult to know what is happening in light of the global economic meltdown, especially concerning the capital building programs of major companies.
Wal-Mart has announced elsewhere that it is scaling back its expansion plans. Several planned Supercenters have been scrapped. In fact, I have heard through the grapevine that the entire Supercenter idea may be in jeopardy, as WalMart’s grocery sections are underperforming.
Here’s what I do know:
The site supposedly zoned for the Mount Orab Wal-Mart has seen zero activity since the initial flurry of tree cutting back in late 2007. In fact, the section of trees that was supposed to be removed by mid-2008 still stands.
The local newspapers have said little about the project in the wake of the October 2007 announcement.
Kroger announced a Marketplace store for the area, which would make the Wal-Mart overkill for the size of Mount Orab.
The housing market implosion curtailed all new homebuilding. Existing building projects, save for the medical center, have stalled. Perhaps the great move east for disaffected Cincinnatians will not materialize, throwing off demographic analysis for Brown County and environs.
No matter what the issue, the lack of activity and news on the planned Wal-Mart is curious. Maybe, for those of us against the building of a new Wal-Mart in Mount Orab, that’s good news.
This site exists to help the people of Brown County, Ohio, discover a better future—one without Wal-Mart.
In the days ahead, we’ll discuss why Wal-Mart is bad for our community, the kind of information that people don’t hear amid all the rah-rah language often spoken by small-town leaders. Too often, those leaders only see the initial dollar signs but have no understanding of the long-term devastating effects that a new Wal-Mart brings to their community, state, nation, and world.
In October of 2007, the Village of Mount Orab announced a tentative agreement with Wal-Mart to build a SuperCenter located at the intersection of Route 32 and Brooks-Malott Rd. Store construction is slated for 2010 with a planned opening in spring/summer of 2011.
In choosing this build site, little consideration was given to the fact that the three public schools in Mount Orab would stand just a mile away from a ready source of firearms. This is just one of numerous vital issues left unconsidered by the proponents of the new Wal-Mart. Dozens more remain. In the days ahead, this site will explore other reasons why a new Wal-Mart is bad for Mount Orab, bad for Brown County, and bad for our state, nation and world. We’ll also discuss alternatives to Wal-Mart, viable ideas for bringing 21st century growth to our area. Growth that keeps money in our area. Growth that gives our children a reason to build a life here and work locally. Growth that provides hope and a future, not low wages and a dead-end existence.
Thank you for reading and for your support as concerned citizens work to find a better future for our community, one free of the broken promises of Wal-Mart.