Walmart Must Honor Agreement to Build in Poor Neighborhoods

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Target: Doug McMillon, CEO, Walmart Stores, Inc.

Goal: Overturn decision to scrap building plans in Washington D.C.’s poorest neighborhoods.

Walmart executives have decided to renege on an agreement with Washington D.C. city leadership. The agreement would have brought two Walmart stores to the city’s poorest areas, providing jobs, access to fresh produce, and hopefully spurring additional development. D.C. leadership agreed to allow Walmart to build three stores in the more affluent areas with the understanding that the stores in the less wealthy areas would also be built.

Rather than honor its agreement, Walmart has opted to discontinue construction on the two stores scheduled for the less affluent areas, leaving residents dismayed and city leadership angry and bewildered. Due to lagging sales, Walmart is closing 154 stores and laying off 10,000 employees. City councilmen believe that fact, coupled with a scheduled increase in the city’s minimum wage and proposed leave plan, would leave Walmart with a financial burden it doesn’t want to bear.

Tell Walmart they must honor their promises and provide the much-needed jobs, grocery access, and development to the community.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. McMillon,

A recent decision to renege on an agreement to build stores in Washington D.C.’s poorest areas is evidence that Walmart does not care about the communities in which it builds its discount stores. Walmart built three stores in more affluent areas of the city, but those most in need of the jobs and lower prices are unable to access them.

In addition to jobs and lower prices, the Walmart stores were expected to spur further development. Residents are distressed that they won’t be getting much-needed access to fresh produce and affordable goods. City leaders are angry, and feel a large corporation with their own agenda has taken advantage of them.

We demand Walmart honor their agreement with D.C. city leadership and build the two stores as promised.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Mike Mozart

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