Thu Jul 19, 2012 12:28 pm
|So, at some point in 2013 Corvallis will be home to a new Walmart Neighborhood Market. Just what will this mean, how will customers react, and will the concept succeed in Corvallis? Because I am not a regular Walmart shopper I wanted to do some research first before writing one word either in favor of the idea, just being neutral or taking the position of not looking forward to Walmart invading the bucolic community of Corvallis.|
Doing a few key strokes on Google I came to find that Walmart has several of these "Neighborhood Markets" in the Denver, Colorado metro area. These new stores have just recently opened in June of this year. The concept is to sell a full line of groceries in a more compact size store and presumably entice shoppers to come to this style Walmart several times per week. Sounds similar to the concept of Trader Joe's, Market of Choice and The Grocery Outlet. A personal note here, I find myself shopping either in Market of Choice and or Trader Joe's several times a week.
Walmart actually began this concept in 1998. These stores would focus on bakery, dairy, deli, frozen foods, grocery, meat, pharmacy, produce, seafood, snacks, & wine. These Neighborhood Market stores are typically 36,000 to 42,000 square feet in size. This proposed Walmart will be the anchor tenant on the nine acre site on Ninth Street. My research suggests Walmart will hire between 80-100 employees to staff the store.
Had the news been that Walmart wanted to build a Super Center in Corvallis I would have absolutely been against the plan. What Walmart has effectively done is an "end around" on just about all the factions in Corvallis. It appears that Walmart will have met all the conditions to build on this site and will not require any extraordinary approvals, at least at this juncture.
The powers that be at Walmart headquarters surely do their homework and know that there is a substantial senior market in Corvallis. This senior market would be a good starting point to build from at least conceptually. Since I fall into the senior category I want to take a step back and see what we really have here? Is Walmart part of the Invading Hordes from the Steppes of Russia in the Middle Ages? Not quite, but Walmart is out to increase their market share and they never seem to be interested in taking prisoners if you will.
It will be interesting to see how shoppers will react after the initial "outrage" has passed over this news. Perhaps Walmart coming to Corvallis is akin to a Politician getting out the bad news early and hoping that voters will forget it over the course of time. By July 2013 we will all have a better idea of what level of Success Walmart will have in Corvallis. Which niche market in Corvallis will Walmart succeed in, if any? Time and local Corvallis consumers will provide the answer to this question.
Therefore, since we live in a society based on Capitalism and have no moat built around Corvallis, at least not literally, I am obliged to take neutral ground on a Neighborhood Walmart in Corvallis, at least for now!
Name: Bradley M. Comment: The way to address Walmart moving to Corvallis is not to shop at Walmart. The problem with this idea is that Walmart will withstand those of us that will not ever shop there because there is a large demographic that will always go there!
Fri Aug 24, 2012 7:51 pm
Name: Jessica K. Comment: This new Walmart neighborhood market will be another choice for consumers. If they like it they will go there. If they do not like it then they will not shop there. If the prices are cheaper than competitors then it will be a difficult choice not to shop there.
Sat Nov 03, 2012 1:00 pm
Name: Francis B. Comment: What is the status of the Cleveland Street access relative to being used as an additional gateway to the CCC Plaza? It is not a safe entrance or exit. It flows directly into a busy neighborhood with schools, adult residence and boys and girls club. How can I get information on this?
Mon Nov 05, 2012 9:18 am
Name: Mark O. Comment: Francis B., you need to go to the Urban Services Committee meeting on Nov. 8th @ 5:00 pm. The committee will take testimony and discuss this item. a that time
Tue Nov 27, 2012 11:06 am
Name: accept it already, Bruce Comment: Ahead of the curve, Walmart will ultimately prevail. Low prices will trump all of the words of protest. They know how to build the better mouse trap.
Wed Nov 28, 2012 9:58 am
Name: Jessie Comment: looking forward to opening day. I live on a budget. Hoping for some low prices.
Fri Jan 11, 2013 7:00 pm
Name: B. Malloy Comment: Walmart opens in a week I believe. This store will have a heavy volume of customer traffic. If the prices are low people will come! WINCO and Grocery Outlet will feel the financial hit first. They are seeking the same customer demographic as will be Walmart. There is a finite number of shoppers. It will be interesting to see if all of them will survive.
Thu Jan 17, 2013 12:52 pm
Name: anonymous Comment: I bet Walmart will not charge 5 cents for a bag.
Fri Feb 15, 2013 8:07 pm
Name: Ed Comment: To all, Wal Mart is the largest retailer in the world and I am an ex employee of the Lebanon store. With their billions of dollars a month that they make if no one shops their they will just take the loss and close the store, laying off the people that work their. Some of which might be your neighbors, friends, or even your children. While I will not shop their for my own reasons, a lot of people will because of promise of lower prices(which they will not have). But they are hiring 38 people that did not have a job before, and they can in turn take their pay to other places to shop like Winco, or Safeway. A Wal Mart coming into a town does not mean the end of normalcy or that we as the residents have to conform in any way to the hype that they will put out. We just need to remind ourselves that someone we know might work there at some point in time. As for not charging the 5 cents for a bag, I will almost guarantee that they will. They can not lose money on bags is the excuse they will give.
Thu Mar 07, 2013 1:57 pm
Name: Leo VanHeise Comment:
I hope the people of Corvallis dont shop at Wal Mart and run Wal Mart out of town. Wal Mart has 60% of the Grocery business in America and its becoming a monopoly and many other stores have closed and familes are suffering. There aree lots of Good Grocery stores in Corvallis shop smart Boycot Wal Mart.
Wed Mar 20, 2013 7:58 am
Name: Jess Comment: When will Walmart Open?
Wed Mar 20, 2013 10:39 am
Name: MaryJayne Comment: I was told by a worker there yesterday that the store opens on the 29th of March.
I am a loyal Winco shopper but every once in a while my husband and I shop at the Walmart super center in Albany. I have compared their prices with Winco and Winco's prices are lower, hands down, especially in the meat dept. Also their bulk food section is lower than any other one in town and thats a big plus for me. The main plus I've seen for Walmart is that in certain items, they have a better variety than Winco, so I plan to buy those items at Walmart that Winco doesn't carry, but still do most of my shopping at Winco. As far as charging 5 cents a bag, I thought that was a manditory part of the law passed by the city, at least for the brown paper grocery bags.
Fri May 31, 2013 8:09 am
Name: Ben Wachtler Comment: Tried shopping there once, not planning on returning any time soon. My choice is Winco or even Safeway over Walmart.