Stop Walmart from Bankrupting Local Grocery Stores

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Target: Walmart

 Goal: Stop Walmart from opening grocery stores that steal business from local grocers

Walmart’s overbearing presence in local communities has had detrimental effects on local grocers. Ever since the multinational retail corporation introduced a grocery section into its stores, it has stolen more than its fair share of business from local sellers. While farmers and residents around the country are attempting to block Walmart from gaining more ground, the corporate giant seems interested only in making more money – at the expense of established grocery stores. Walmart plans to open more than 200 new stores by the end of 2013. Urge Walmart to stop the expansion destroying local businesses and communities.

The biggest problem with Walmart’s growing food presence in the U.S. is the undermining of local stores, but its presence is problematic for other reasons as well. Reputably inexpensive, the store attracts bargain hunters and low-income families hoping to get the most for their dollar. Ironically, its food prices are not lower than local sellers. And Walmart doesn’t stop its advertising at affordable food; it has publicized a new initiative to sell “locally grown” fruits and vegetables. To the detriment of buyers, the term means anything grown within the state, usually by giant industrial growers. For established grocers who sell true locally grown food, this is a tragedy. Not only are local growers losing business, but food production workers are paid less due to the strain of unnecessary competition.

Walmart’s grip on the food system is lauded as an effort to give consumers healthier choices, but it does more harm than good.

Undoubtedly, Walmart desires to add more grocery stores because it desires more money. In truth, it is killing local businesses and putting reputable grocery stores out of business. Its food section is not as cheap or “local” as the food its competitors offer, but it attracts buyers with deceptive advertising. Ask Walmart to stop stealing business from local growers, stop straining food producers, stop deceptive advertising, and stop its expansion proposals.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Walmart,

I urge you to repeal your proposal to more than 200 new stores to U.S. communities by the end of the year. Your multinational retail company is attempting to control the grocery market by advertising “locally grown” food that is often not local, and by setting up stores in low-income neighborhoods. If you add more stores and grocery sections, hundreds of local businesses face closure, as Walmart is stealing business from reputable and established companies. Instead of offering communities better food, you are threatening them with unemployment. This should not be allowed.

Local grocery businesses are essential to consumers and the economy. They provide jobs for many, and their organizations provide quality, locally grown food to their consumers. Attempts to steal away business from these grocery stores are a tragedy and will certainly have long-term consequences. Farmers and local residents who understand this problem have already opposed the expansion proposals because they know how destructive it would be for their communities. I urge you to recognize this problem and stop expansion immediately.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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