Score One For Wal-Mart
Well chalk up another victory to Wal-Mart on its effort to build a second store in Bend. Wait a second. I know what you are thinking. But didn't Wal-Mart's proposal to build the Super-center receive the dreaded stamp of REJECTION? Well, I hate to tell you this, but that's been part of their plan all along. Now while the hearing result isn't quite as riveting as James Frey's A Million Little Pieces, it probably does have a bit more truthiness to it. As reported on Newschannel 21:
Among the 47 proposed conditions, should Wal-Mart win on appeal, are a requirement to include sidewalks, a public access easement over all private streets, a new sewer pump station, and landscaped berms and new evergreen trees along the entire Highway 97 frontage, as well as new traffic signals, added lanes at the 97/Cooley intersection and funding toward other needed road improvements in the area.For those of you following along at home, this is where I get to say, "See!" Wal-Mart gets to make an appeal, and if you don't think they will then run out and buy some Powerball tickets, because you probably have a better chance of hitting the jackpot that Wal-Mart walking away with it's tail between it's legs. Nope, it's going to happen and if you looked at the Hearings Officer Decision you'll see no mention of any item Wal-Mart could not satisfy, such as: Wal-Mart may not sell huge jars of pickles for $2.97 Wal-Mart may not force mom and pop stores to sell their own pickles at a loss to compete. Wal-Mart may not put up smiley-face signs with words like Prices Falling. Wal-Mart must not make future deals with the Devil. Nope, I didn't see anything that looked like those sorts of things. In fact, I don't believe there is one thing on the Hearings Decision that Wal-Mart can't fix with a little thing called money. And the last time I checked Sam Walton's got a big fat wallet. So, jump for joy while Wal-Mart takes a dive in round-one, but don't be surprised when the heavy-hitter socks you in the gut in round-two. Don King would be proud.