Wal-Mart Destroys Local Businesses & Local Communities

If Walmart is allowed to remain in our community then the future of Skiatook is uncertain at best. Within two years of Walmart stores opening in the struggling west side of Chicago over 82 local stores went out of business according to a landmark study done by Loyola University. Likewise, here in our hometown instead of growing our retail economy, Walmart just simply overtook it. Shuttering multiple businesses.

Walmart doesn’t bring new jobs it brings unemployment and poverty. In 2008 the Journal of Urban Economics published a study that examined about 3,000 Walmart store openings nationally and found that each store caused a net decline of about 150 jobs. Another study done by Puget Sound Sage stated that each new Walmart store decreases the local community’s economic output over 20 years by an estimated $13 million. The research discovered also that each Walmart store costs the community an additional $14 million in lost wages over the 20 years.

We must start shopping local. For our prescriptions we need to start shopping at our local pharmacies. For our plants we must start shopping at our local nurseries. For our gasoline we need to start shopping from local gas stations. And for our tools, auto parts, and everything else we must start shopping at our locally owned businesses to save our communities. Walmart destroys towns, and if we allow Walmart to remain in our town it will completely destroy our city and every business in it.

Somehow during the “Shutdown” every other business was required to close except of course Walmart which was allowed to remain open. Leaving hundreds of thousands of “privately owned” American businesses in debt with no way to make ends meet. If we allow Walmart to continue unimpeded they will not stop until all businesses are closed, and they are all that remains. We all must take an extra effort to stop shopping at Walmart and start shopping at our local businesses. We need to start rebuilding our communities before Walmart completely destroys them.

Jace Bryant

Walmart Boosts Skiatook Community

Dear Editor –

A recent letter in your newspaper presented a misleading and incomplete picture of Walmart and what our store means to the Skiatook community.

Unlike what’s stated in the discredited study the author cited, the presence of a Walmart store generates local sales tax revenue and economic activity and creates jobs. Our presence helps nearby small businesses flourish by increasing commercial traffic to their stores.

We also provide stable employment. During the COVID-19 crisis, for example, Walmart hired 250,000 additional associates, 4,800 of them right here in Oklahoma. These new associates are critical to helping supply needed food, medicine and household goods to our neighbors during this crisis.

For many, Walmart will become a career. More than 75% of our store management teams started as hourly associates, even our CEO began his career at Walmart unloading trucks!

As part of our commitment to creating opportunity, we support Oklahoma entrepreneurs who want to place their U.S.-made products on our shelves. In fact, Walmart’s Open Call is accepting applications right now.

Besides our everyday low prices and unbeatable convenience, Walmart provides huge economic benefits to cities like Skiatook. We are proud to be here, and thankful for our customers’ support.

Sincerely,

Jarred Crabtree, Walmart Regional General Manager for Oklahoma

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Managing Editor

Lindsey is the managing editor for the Skiatook Journal. She holds an M.A in English from the University of Central Oklahoma. Prior to the start of her news career in 2011, Renuard was a professor of English at the University of Central Oklahoma.