Monday, October 31, 2011

Walmart In Rockland

I am told Walmart is planning on opening a store on Rockland Key in 18 months. I cannot imagine what this will do for local business but if the Lower Keys follow the pattern set in the rest of the world, it will do no good at all. Spend less live better is their slogan, but by buying junk from Third World factories Walmart helps send US jobs overseas in a pattern with which we are all too familiar. I have no doubt much rejoicing will greet the arrival of the store among people who live in the Lower Keys and wish they had mainland malls to shop in.

I am frankly amazed Walmart reckons the population in the Lower Keys would be sufficient to support a store at Mile Marker 9. However in light of a recent report in the paper on the low incidence of health insurance in the Keys, this new venture will presumably fit right in. This was news I could do without.

26 comments:

Chuck and the Pheebs said...

I've heard all manner of big box stores are to inhabit the former brewery on Rockland; I think these rumors all, started by people wanting to bring more of the mainland down heah.

Danette said...

Walmart doesn't move into an area without being pretty damn sure they'll make money. They do their research! And I am always surprised that people will still shop there even knowing that Walmart is driving the small business people close by out of business and paying their workers a poor wage without decent healthcare. But I guess the bottom line is that people don't care about the greater good of society (unless it's a religious taboo that they somehow think they need to enforce)- if it benefits them then it's good, if not, then they it's bad.

Anonymous said...

..... and you can bet on another billboard in the keys too. Soon you locals can brag how much better off you are. There will be no need to go to the mainland for things you don't really need. Nor any reason to vacation anywhere else in America, 'cause you'll look just the same, why bother.

tom37211 said...

I wonder where they are going to get the staff for that place? Walmart has fairly high standards for their "good paying" jobs with "excellent" benefits. Drug screening, background checks, the need for their staff to show up on time and sober. Things like that. How are they going to get enough people to work there who can afford to live in that area based on what they typically pay?

Conchscooter said...

Its a drive to the bottom. There are no new jobs, wages ar edropping and yet we ar etold things are getting better. For the Waltons perhaps but not for their workers.

David B. said...

Wal-mart usually thinks that population centers of 20,000 people are sufficient, especially since they can easily scale the store to fit the community size. Many people commute from as far as Big Pine down to Key West to work, so that adds to the customer count. The nearby Navy base will be their target customer and the spouses of military personnel will be their employment base.
It remains to be seen if they can implement a one-way 150 mile supply chain with any more success than Sears or Kmart.
Rockland Key might as well be the moon for those who live downtown in Key West and don't drive. It won't be a tourist destination, either.

Anonymous said...

WalMart IS NOT coming - Kmart has a locked in lease with clause stating there will be no other box store of like in Monroe County. I know. I work for Kmart.

There are so many rumors floating about Rockland Key box stores it is pathetic.

Sorry Charlie - your dreams of Target or WalMart or the like are up in smoke.

Conchscooter said...

I know Chuck doesnt want another box store here anymore than do I particularly. I dont think that all rumors are incorrect though I dont want to explain particularly where I got this one from.
Pathetic? Hardly. Opponents arwe worried about a major change to the social fabric here, and supporters want a better store than your masters provide to us peons.
I am not a shopper so I would rather keep the status quo, but if Walmart comes I will still have to go to the mainland frequently to see my wife's specialist.

Anonymous said...

THERE WILL BE NO WALMART - where do these ideas start? From the drunken idiots in bars or from the homeless jerk wanting to start something.

Key West - where you can't fix STUPID!

Egads Conchs! I work for Kmart! We KNOW there will be NO WALMART here in the FL KEYS!

But you won't listen. And you think it will be true because you want it to be.

Stay out of the sun - it has FRIED your BRAIN!

Conchscooter said...

Walmart opening early 2013. They say.
Me I couldn't give a shit one way or the other. I don't like malls and box stores- if I did I wouldn't live here!
My wife prefers Target, to Walmart. Me? I am not a shopper.
All we have to do now is wait and see.
The question now is will anonymous (obviously employed by Kmart! Not likely) strokes out before or after Walmart lays the cornerstone.
Really, is this the most important issue in the world? At the moment?

Anonymous said...

And just who, CONCHSCOOTER, is "THEY SAY"?

Another lie.
Another rant.
Another stupid comment from the king of all stupid idiots.

You can't fix stupid.

If you didn't care, you wouldn't post the comment. Obviously you DO care.

And yes, for some, it is important. More than your idiot comments.

Egads! Which are you - dumb or dumber?????

Anonymous said...

I also work for Kmart' and Kmart will be closing soon' they have fired all full time employees' the store is ran by two managers' the rest have quit or been forced out' sears has closed many kmarts just in Florida' wal-mart see the opertunity and will take advantage of that' and sears and Kmart just like Walmart also sells junk made in 3rd world countries' I see the freight that comes in' the boxes they are shipped in are not made in America' mostly china' and the bubba's will accept the idea of Walmart if it benifits them no matter how much we bitch and complain'

Conchscooter said...

That seems like the real story to me, but we shall see.

Lewin said...

Key West at one point in history had box stores - many of you transplants need to read up on your history. KW had Woolworth & Kress 5 and Dime. The problems is the majority of people down there can't afford the beloved mom and pops mark ups on the same items found in the mainland...

Conchscooter said...

I understand the pain of separation for conchs and transplants who want to claim time on the rock, and who feel unappreciated in a ranchette in Ocala - not as special a place as Old Town- but Wal Mart isn't just a box store, it is a predatory style of monopoly retailing that has changed the America landscape and not for the better.
Everyone needs to understand that to appreciate the difference between Pantry Pride and Sam Walton's legacy of retail gangsterism. It does not bode well for Key West.

Anonymous said...

Walmart will only keep the big box stores already here honest. Small local businesses don't seem to get affected, since they have already dealt with Kmart, Publix. I, for one, won't mind spending less money for the same exact product at those other big box stores. Seriously, lower prices for same product...who doesn't want to save money?

Anonymous said...

I wonder when these key west loser will give up on their goals on keeping this place in the dark ages.. Your collective whining will not stop this!

Anonymous said...

Yes, it is true that Walmart does pay people to leave pro Walmart propaganda on blogs. Not surprisingly, they don't pay them as much as they pay government officials they bribe in Mexico. Progress?

Conchscooter said...

County planning commissioners rejected the anonymous Big Box Store plans. The full board gets to review the rejection and perhaps over ride it. This story isn't nearly over.
Wal Mart is the epitome of worker exploitation and I will not shop there. Low prices equal low wages and no unions or benefits.

Anonymous said...

Why is everyone on here sound so mad.. Look if you dont like Walmart then dont shop at Walmart if you do like Walmart and we dont have one here in the Keys Just go online and get what you need. You dont have to shop here in the Keys or do we have to have a Walmart here to shop at it. Its the 21st century come on people. I know I dont shop at the mom and pops places because it cost too much. and as far as pay goes here in Key West not many places pay their people enough so its not just Walmart thats doing their people wrong.

Anonymous said...

Look if you like Walmart you don't need to let everyone know about it. Look why are you so mad when people express their opinion about Walmart? Look you could live on the mainland and be surrounded by Walmarts .And look everyone knows Walmart workers are well payed and happy and love working at Walmart and don't want benefits anyway because Walmart is so nice to them.

Anonymous said...

Look I know this is an old post, but I particularly want a Walmart down here. Look at Kmart. It looks like the next episode of the Walking Dead in there. Wife goes to the makeup section only to find that not some, but ALL of the lipstick for sale has been used. There is no quality control, it's extremely unorganized. Trust me, if Walmart came to key west, even carrying food stuffs, guarantee Publix will close it's doors near the Wendys and Sears, Kmart will die, Sears might hang on with their electronics section. The thing is, you all expect people to pay price gouge prices in Key West, when we all know that Walmart would come in and shave dollars off the same product. Publix 1 gallon of milk = almost 5 bucks, give me a ******* break. Walmart will prbably charge 3 and some change. Package of Tyson Chicken at Publix 10-11 bucks a pack. I shop at the commissary and the same package cost 4.55 because commissarys can't markup... period. So publix is charging the customers 110% markup on meat products in Key West. Walmart may charge about 25%-40% down here. I hope to god Walmart comes down here and snuffs these greedy stores out of business.

Anonymous said...

seria bueno que acabaran de hacer el walmart aqui en roclank porque haci habria mas trabajo y no tubieramos que ir tan lejos a comprar las cosas necesarias. grasias por ver mi opinion y acaben de empesar que yo voy hacer la primera en aplicar para trabajar

Michelle Neumann said...

I have much to say about big box stores in the Lower Florida Keys. This is a test box to see if I can post this comment. Then I will really let you know how I feel!

Jimmy Erbe said...

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