Monday, June 20, 2005

While We Were Out

Kevin Leininger wrote a column for the Saturday N-S on Wal-Mart and the nature of economic development, titled "Wal-Mart is not an evildoer out to hurt city." It's worth a read, if you haven't already. Here's the opener:
Way back in early 1981, the Southtown Mall Merchants Association had a press conference at which it implored the City Council to block construction of the Apple Glen shopping center at Indiana 14 and West Jefferson Boulevard.

Glenbrook Square and Southtown would be hurt by the addition of a third regional shopping center in Fort Wayne, they warned.

At which point some wise-guy reporter asked: “But wasn’t Southgate Plaza hurt when you opened 12 years ago?” Once-thriving Southgate was a ghost town at the time, while Southtown was building a wing that added 40 stores to the 58 already there.
Who was the wise-guy reporter? (We're guessing it was Leininger.)

UPDATE: A local retailer is worried about Wal-Mart. And don't forget about Vince Robinson's comments on Wal-Mart and economic development right here on Media Notes last week.

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