Wal-Mart closures to impact 180 jobs

Adam Robison | Buy at photos.djournal.com The Nettleton Walmart will close by Jan. 28 as part of the retailer’s plan to close smaller stores and underperforming stores in the U.S. and worldwide. The Nettleton location is one of six to close, including Belmont, Derma, Mantachie, Sardis and Walnut.

Adam Robison | Buy at photos.djournal.com
The Nettleton Walmart will close by Jan. 28 as part of the retailer’s plan to close smaller stores and underperforming stores in the U.S. and worldwide. The Nettleton location is one of six to close, including Belmont, Derma, Mantachie, Sardis and Walnut.

By Dennis Seid

Daily Journal

TUPELO – Wal-Mart Stores Inc. will close six Walmart Express stores in north Mississippi, impacting nearly 180 workers.

But the company said it will offer those employees jobs elsewhere if available.

“Our goal is to place as many associates as possible who would like to continue with the company at other nearby locations,” said company spokeswoman Anne Hatfield. “We will be giving impacted associates priority for open positions at other nearby stores. We expect that some associates will transfer to another location and others will take severance and pursue other job opportunities. As we’ve seen with other store closures in the past, the majority of associates who wished to transfer were able to.”

Wal-Mart is opening a 45,000-square-foot Neighborhood Market in Tupelo later this year, where it will employ about 60 to 70 employees.

The store closures are part of a plan announced Friday by Wal-Mart, which said it was shuttering 154 stores in the U.S. and another 115 outside the country. Most of the closures in the U.S. are the smaller Walmart Express stores in smaller communities.

The world’s largest retailer has only six of them in Mississippi, all located in the area: Belmont, Derma, Mantachie, Nettleton, Sardis and Walnut.

Nettleton Mayor Mem Riley received the phone call about the closing on Friday morning.

“That was devastating news to us,” he said. “We had planned for that store to increase our sales and that put a damper on our ideas.”

He asked if there was any chance of the board considering reopening the store, but it was an across-the-board decision.

He said the majority of customers that shopped at the market were not citizens from Nettleton.

“They are from Amory or Smithville that drive through there headed to Tupelo,” Riley said. “They come back here and shop on the way to work. They just figured out where it was, and here (Wal-Mart) is pulling the plug.”

While some have Neighborhood Market signs on them, the stores are officially called Walmart Express stores, measuring about 12,000 square feet.

All of the Mississippi stores were opened in the last year or so, most in December 2014. The stores will be closed by Jan. 28.

Walmart Express employees will receive 60 days’ pay and, if eligible, severance.

The company owns most of the locations but also leases a few of them.

If it leases the building, Hatfield said Wal-Mart will work with the owners and “other interested parties to find a suitable use” for the building. For the locations it owns, the company will look to lease or sell them.

“The important thing to understand is that we are growing overall in Mississippi,” Hatfield said. “We have 83 total stores throughout the state. We opened two new stores in Mississippi in 2015 and are projected to open six more this year. All store openings in 2015 and 2016 are providing close to 515 jobs.”

dennis.seid@journalinc.com

Twitter: @dennisseid

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  • harryblah

    so these other stores that are closing are within 10 miles of a walmart. then why is walmart building 3 of those neighborhood markets in tupelo, since they will all be within 10 miles or less of a walmart? makes one wonder if the officials of tupelo were involved in making sure they got their walmart dump sites while eliminating the competition in outlying areas. tupelo should be doing whatever it takes to get out of this deal. they’ve got too many abandoned buildings and have already failed the voters of tupelo. but tupelo officials will spend millions to make $1, even when it inconveniences everyone but their wallets for the kickbacks.

    • Don

      Hmmm…sounds like most towns to me.

  • Ed Breedlove

    Harry blah I’m sorry but your rant is just ridiculous. Walmart is one of the biggest companies in the world but you think the little town of Tupelo could influence them that much. Come on! The issue here is Walmart is not making as much profit as they use to and are going to do what ever it takes to keep their profits high. They don’t care about you or me…they care about money!

    • harryblah

      ok, so walmart wanted to build next to the imaging center and the city never objected. when they wanted a stop light, the city never objected. the city rolls over and will never say no to a corporation. they have their hands out like the good little crooked politicians who look the other way they are.

      • Kathie

        Walmart built a Super Center right on top of a bear habitat in FL with the blessings of our govt.

        • ever4ready5

          nobody cares

        • RightWay2Truth

          Why do we have a bear habitat in Florida? Do we need more bear in Florida?
          We don’t need to coexist with dangerous animals or liberals for that matter!

          • Kathie

            Are you serious? FL bears are not like the ones out west where there are tons of them. They are rarely if ever seen by anyone, that is how few there are.

    • elmariachigringo

      My 401k plan is partially invested in Walmart stock. So are millions of people. I am Walmart, and so are they. If they make money, I get to eat some meat when I retire. If they pay $15 an hour to everyone and start losing money, either they have to close stores or I’ll be on beans and rice when I turn 70, and so will lots of people. Profit is good. Losses are bad. It’s called freedom, aka the free enterprise system. They used to teach it in government schools, but I guess they stopped teaching it in … well … what’s the year you started going to school again?

      • Ed Breedlove

        You must have not read my reply to the other guy. I agree with you. I understand free enterprise and this decision is a great example of it. Walmart is in business to make money, period! They are not here for any other reason. Sure they provide a service that millions use daily but if they do not sustain profitable margins then they will make decisions that will reduce overhead. They didn’t open these stores to then turn around and close them, that would be absurd. In this situation I hope that these small towns that are affected can find someone who will take on the task of providing the same needs but be rooted in that acual community. Also to answer your question my school did teach me alot of things, including free enterprise, but the most important thing I learned was to think outside of the box and use reasonable judgment in all things. Thanks!

    • Grand2833

      Absolutely. It’s a business. If they don’t care about making money they don’t stay in business. Like I said, they are a business, look it up, they aren’t a charity. Wal-Mart is in business to make money just like every other business. They are not in business to provide jobs, they are not a charity. This is the real world where businesses have to watch the bottom line, make a profit or they go out of business. No one has died from losing a job. It happens every day but Wal-Mart is never supposed to lay anyone off or close a location that is not profitable? Grow up.

  • jimrussell

    Welcome to poverty. I guess Walmart isn’t satisfied driving our manufacturing sector
    overseas to the slave labor wage countries, they want our workers
    working for slave wages too. I wonder in the end who will earn enough
    to buy our business and services providers goods and services, just the
    Walton’s and 1%?

    • Ron Burgandy

      Walmart is driving manufacturing overseas? LOL.

      • Kathie

        Are you dumb? Walmart was quick to say “Made in the USA!” until they started buying overseas. They use loss leaders to bring people in and put small businesses out of business. You know what a loss leader is, right? So, yes, Walmart DOES drive manufacturing overseas to provide products below cost to greedy people in this country. Yes, overseas jobs are the fault of AMERICANS, demanding more for less and disposable crap.

        • Ron Burgandy

          Walmart does no manufacturing, you can blame Americans all you wish.

          • Kathie

            Where in the world did I ever say Walmart was a producer? I didn’t.

        • ScottyB

          I think our corporate tax code is what is driving producers overseas. Highest in the world but the Dems want it higher.

          • Kathie

            That and over regulation. Obama keeps quietly adding 1000s of them at a time.

      • jimrussell

        When you buy 70% to 80% of your goods from China made by people working for slave labor wages, no health of safety protection, etc.U S manufactures cannot compete, where have you been?

    • CATHERINE

      YOU MEAN LIKE APPLE USING THOSE SLAVES TO MAKE ALL THOSE PRETTY PHONES???

      • Kathie

        That’s right. If they were made here the cost would be astronomical. Apple’s just as bad as Walmart. Same for Yahoo, Facebook, eBay, PayPal, Google etc who employ workers from overseas with visas and pay them less than an American while using the lame excuse that Americans aren’t well-trained. BS

        • Miguel526

          Yes!! The H1B1 crimes these Uber-Wealthy “liberal” companies commit against The American Worker is an Absolute Abomination!!!!!!!!!

          • Kathie

            It is! And now more are coming…

          • Miguel526

            I thank you for your ‘being awake’ in light of MainStream Media’s flooding America with their “New York liberal” lies & deceptions which are designed to help these giant corporate MSM organizations in myriad ways. The crimes they’ve committed against The American Worker out here in CA are So Destructive that we have Homelessness beyond ANYthing We’ve Ever Had Before! More dying businesses every day, people living along the creeks and under bridges! I gave a homeless woman some few dollars on Christmas Eve at 11:30 PM after buying a beer! It was cold outside!

      • Mohammed_Goldberg

        Apple products are made in China by Foxconn . Occasionally a worker jumps to her death because of the poor work conditions.

      • jimrussell

        Exactly

    • Pat

      Welcome to the third world …I am poor and hungry.

      • jimrussell

        That’s because you don’t receive a living wage. Keep voting Republican it not only can but will get worse.

  • TWBDB

    Best to keep their expansion to the barest minimum in the region

  • harryblah

    I saw on wtva news tonight about the stores closing but wtva made sure to say that the neighborhood market going up at crosstown was right on schedule. are you kidding me? a good many people are losing their jobs and the tupelo city council needed to make the announcement that the new tupelo store was on schedule. ok, many of those employees may not have a way to get to a tupelo job if they live outside of tupelo and needed to work close to home. it shows how corrupt and greedy the tupelo officials truly are. that they don’t care many people are losing their jobs, that communities are losing revenue but that the tupelo store is going up and set to open before long and that they’re going to be getting those dollars that could’ve stayed in those towns. doesn’t matter that there is a cvs, walgreens and Kroger within walking distance. tupelo city council saw the chance to slap themselves on there backs and pretty much spit in the imaging center’s face…all for a crappy grocery store. but when it’s walmart, the tupelo city council will not say no to $1. no wonder tupelo has the lion share of corrupt city officials in the state.

    • TWBDB

      IMO, you’re aiming your anger at the wrong target. I doubt seriously TCC had a clue about Walmart’s corporate strategy when the permit was given to build the Neighborhood Market. On the other hand, I have no doubt Walmart’s influence on local communities ultimately results in economic decline for the region(s) they inhabit. Walmart has no loyalty to local communities whatsoever.

      • CATHERINE

        EVERYONE OF OUR POOR SAVE HUNDREDS EVERY MONTH AT THAT STORE, BUT THOSE UNION BOYS BEAT THEM TO RAISE THEIR WAGES……NOW YOU SEE THE END OF THAT FAKE CRAP…………..OUR WALMART WAS A COMMUNITY SAVER, JOBS AND CHEAP FOOD, SAVED THE POOR, FEEL BAD FOR THOSE PEOPLE, DEMOCRATS WOULD RATHER YOU LIVE IN THE WOODS THAN WORK AT WALMART, MCD’S OR COAL OR FOSSIL, HEAR IT LOUD AND CLEAR HERE, NOW THEY WILL DIE IN THE WOODS AND YOU BOYS WILL FEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEL SO GOOD ABOUT YOURSELVES…………………BUT LIKE ALL COMMUNISM, YOU WILL BE NEXT BOYS, OFFLMFAO

        • Joe R

          Your cap lock is on.

        • Neointhematrix6966

          Can you PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAP LOCK???

      • dave_ice

        I wonder how many of these neighborhood type stores drove out competition? Now that many are closing, the competition is gone and so is wally jr. A company that literally ‘burns bridges faster than they are built.’

      • tripledude

        Prove it!!!……………Dollar store & Wally world is now our third word destination!!!………..

      • harryblah

        that is a bald faced lie and you know it when it comes to the tcc not knowing what walmart was going to do. they knew exactly what walmart was doing. if walmart wanted to build a nuclear waste dump in all the parks, tcc would just let them go do what they want.

  • TractorEngineer

    We all knew this was coming. I’ll bet those local governments sure feel stupid for exercising imminent domain and running people out of their houses for an empty shell that used to be a Wal-Mart.

    • CATHERINE

      OH THAT IS HOW YOU SEE IT, I SEE THE UNION THUGS BEATING ON WALMART FOR 7 YEARS TO RAISE WAGES WHEN THERE IS NO MONEY TO DO THAT AND ”””””””””’THEY DID, THEY RAISED ALL THEIR SALARIES ALOT LAST YEAR TO BOW TO DEMOCRAT PRESSURE, AND SINCE DEMOCRATS DON’T KNOW MATH, THIS IS THE END GAME OF PAYING A ””””””FEW A LOT MORE, THE REST HAVE TO GO…………….BUT YEAH BLAME THE GUBMENTS FOR BRINGING JOBS AND COST EFFECTIVE FOOD TO THE POOR, NOW THERE WILL BE 16,000 MORE IN THE 95 MILLION OBAMA JOBLESS LINE

      • TractorEngineer

        What is with the screaming caps? Good god, girl, get a grip.

    • dieter

      Walmarts aren’t built on land seized through eminent domain.

      • TonyMonterey

        Shhhh… Their on a roll.

      • Miguel526

        How do you know this?

      • TractorEngineer

        Oh really? They did in my town. They ran some old lady from her house and property that was in her family for 90 years. Don’t ever tell me that doesn’t happen.

  • CATHERINE

    DEMOCRATS WOULD RATHER PEOPLE DIE IN THE WOODS THAN WORK AT WALMART, MCD’S OR COAL OR FOSSIL, JUST ASK THEM,================================================================================== 95 MILLION JOBLESS AND THOSE UNION BOYS DESTROYED THESE JOBS ‘AND’ THE CHEAP FOOD FOR THE POOR,================================================================================ COMMUNISM IS HISTORICAL BOYS, THE REALLY REALLY RICH ARE FINE AND THE POOR GOING THRU THE GARBAGE DUMP FOR FOOD,=============================================================================== 8 YEARS OF OBAMA AND HIS BOYS TURNING THIS MIDDLE CLASS RICH NATION INTO A COMMIE DUMP ……..IN OUR FACES, =======================================================================================AND THOSE UNION THUG TEACHERS SOLD OUT KIDS THIS SHIT, HAD ENOUGH AMERICA?????======================================================================================= THOSE TRUMP HATERS ARE TRYING TO KILL THE ONLY TEN BILLION DOLLAR JOB CREATING MAN ON THE PLANET,============================================================================================================================================================ THE COMMIES ORDER HIGHER WAGES WHILE BRINGING IN 2000 ILLEGAL ALIEN WORKERS A DAY, THERE ARE 3-4000 FOR EVERY JOB NOW……………………….SO ….THERE IS NO WAGE GROWTH, ANOTHER THING THAT IS ONLY IN COMMUNIST DUMPS

    • Joe R

      So true Catherine. It’s funny, because there are always some number of poor forced to look for food in terrible places, but the majority of the poor under communism are the ones created by the demolition of capitalism.

    • blancojoe

      Catherine…I had every intention of writing a scathing post concerning this issue. I immediately saw your post, and after reading it I knew I could save the keystrokes. Thank you for your insightful input.

    • rust

      CAPS LOCK makes your comment too difficult to read. Thousands agree with me.

      • Ron White

        I believe caps are easier to read cause they are bigger. I am a professional proof reader and I took a poll among my co-workers. 4 out of 5 preferred caps. The other 1 out of 5 don’t speak English.

        • tripledude

          When using caps… we are shammed…Whose code???………….

    • Scott

      The union played its part. But their are other hands covered in Blood. Every time you buy a product not made in America your hands are covered in Blood. Manufacturing will go where it is the cheapest that is the way it has always been. You have unions over pricing and Republicans and Democrats bringing in slave labor to drive down prices on everything and putting Americans out of work. Right now the system is so broke its is not even funny. Blame every one not just the unions.

      • tripledude

        Walmart buy USA only, E..it’s all there!!!…………………………..

        • Jake

          In that case, you should ditch your Iphone!

          • tripledude

            Huh??…………….

          • tripledude

            By the by, their USA buy only is a huge success!…………………check it out!!……

      • Saltherring

        Also to blame are are Obongo’s regulators who drive industry overseas by demanding businesses comply with millions of new rules every year.

        • tripledude

          No one to answer to anymore…..!!! Try calling for justice and you get fuggly!!!……………

      • tripledude

        Scott, covered in blood?? Your ranting is out of control!!!……………..
        Where were you,’ WHEN?’ and how do you stop industry from moving??……..

        • Scott

          You can not stop an industry from moving or becoming obselete. But had the givernment and business been a little more forth coming with information about what would happen when they open china for trade.

      • HitleryForDictator2016

        Unions, government regulation and taxation created a situation where companies were forced to go overseas to survive. If I owned a company and the choice was either to shut down due to unreasonable demands by unions, impossible regulations and excessive taxation or to move my company elsewhere to continue the dream that I have of doing what I love and producing a product, I would move in a split second. That doesn’t even take into account the fact that all those issues have been exacerbated and capitalized upon by greedy politicians on the right and America-hating politicians on the left who want to destroy the USA and western civilization on the whole.

    • Moosejaw50

      Caps Lock is cruise control for cool.

    • tripledude

      But, but CATHERINE, ‘he had help’. We are now third world. Believe it!!!…………..

    • tripledude

      Not sure where your rant is coming from, BUT!! have you ever worked under the conditions
      you are PREACHING?? Odd, again, preaching to the choir!!!………….

    • nobody

      Oh look, grandma is using the pc again. Who left her unsupervised? The owner of her care asylum should feel ashamed for that.

  • What do you think all of those anti Walmart idiots think of this, especially if they just got laid off from Walmart?

    The above mentioned idiots want to make it more expensive for Walmart to operate, what do they think the outcome is going to be?????

    • Flax Seed

      Wasn’t long ago they caved to criticism and increased wages. Look at the result.

    • rxantos

      True be told.
      Walmart is responsible for way more job loses than the ones they created. They used the tactic of going to a place, lowering the prices to starve all the competition (aka mom and pop shops) and then, when there is no competition rise the prices. Then proceed and do the same to the same place.

      In other words, Walmart acted like a locust. Eathing all they can in one area to go to the next one. When locust run out of places to eat, they die. So does Walmart.

      • Rocky

        “Walmart is responsible for way more job loses than the ones they created. They used the tactic of going to a place, lowering the prices to starve all the competition (aka mom and pop shops) and then, when there is no competition rise the prices.”

        Nonsense. They have the same pricing structure in every store. They do not lower prices to put people out of business then raise them again later. Total liberal lie.

        • SonnyJim

          You are right Rocky. Typical leftard response; no evidence, just vapid statements appealing to emotion. Rxanots illustrates that leftist are incapable of reasoned thought.

  • F_This

    Who will serve all of those EBT users now?

    • Matthew Murphy

      Dollar Stores……….

  • Devin McMusters

    Higher minimum wages mean fewer jobs.

    • bobdog19006

      But…but…can’t we MAKE them keep those stores open?

      And hasn’t anybody noticed that people earning $15.00 an hour minimum wages are STILL at the bottom of the employment ladder? It’s time to start thinking about raising the minimum wage to $20.00 an hour to lift these folks out of their misery?

      I’d better close this with /sarc. Somebody might take me seriously.

      • Scratcheee

        The unanswered question is…if you give the lowest-paid new guy $15 an hour, what are you going to pay the guy who worked his way up to a position where he’s making $15 per hour?

        • Democrats; an endangered feces

          Ummmm…

          More work?

          • Elilla Shadowheart

            Sounds about right, likely also try to push them into a 50hr work week while they’re at it.

          • Ron White

            That’s OK cause they goof off half the time so it’s really only 25hr week.

          • Cole Bachelor

            So? Corporate execs goof off all the time, and are paid millions.

          • princezzofthaking

            While tha higher you go up tha corporate ladder tha smaller your balls get (basketball football baseball ..golf)

          • Vardaman Willis

            Don’t forget marbles

          • Tatiana Covington

            And BBs!

          • bobdog19006

            Yep. Every one of them is paid millions.

            If I were you, I wouldn’t work for any of these greedy capitalists. I’m sure there must be a job for you among the poor. You won’t make any money, but you’ll have a shot at sainthood.

          • Cole Bachelor

            Seriously. What is required to be on the board? A 4-6 year business degree? You know how many people have that?
            it is modern day nepotism/oligarchy.

          • bobdog19006

            Actually, not even a business degree is required. I sit on three boards, using my home computer in my spare time, and I earned $9487 last month. I just took delivery of my third McLaren F1. Click on the link to find out how you can take advantage of this once in a lifetime opportunity.

          • Cole Bachelor

            Yeah. A small fee of $200 required to start. WHICH IS HOW YOU MADE YOUR $9487.
            PUNKS like YOU !

          • bobdog19006

            Your reading comprehension skills need a little work, sonny.

          • Cole Bachelor

            No I read that just fine.

          • bobdog19006

            Apparently not.

          • Cole Bachelor

            Apparently SO.

          • Slayer88

            I hear Soros pays his rent-a-mobs well

          • R Davis

            Hey Ron, as a Walmart employee of over 9 years all on overnight, I can guarantee that what you say is true of a portion of the day crew but it certainly isn’t the case for overnight. You’ll be fired quick for that on our shift. We’re the backbone of the operation.

          • HitleryForDictator2016

            No, no, no, can’t do that. Don’t you remember OBAMACARE makes you give health insurance to employees working more than 30 hours a week? obama and the leftists have set up a system DETERMINED to fail in order to destroy the economy, destroy this country and insure a future USSA where the government is the ONLY thing protecting and taking care of all the poor, helpless people who can’t think or do for themselves. They have 47% of the population on the trains already and a $15/hr minimum wage and obamacare are further steps to get everyone else loaded into the cattle cars.

          • Taluca Lake

            And that’s the problem with socialism…unintended consequences. Although, in BHO’s case, the consequences are probably intended.

          • devan95

            Democrats: an endangered feces! HA! Love it!

        • tripledude

          You are not. !!!!……………….

      • Ricky Coogin

        Has anyone noticed that you can pay them $25 an hour and it won’t matter if they’re getting 10 or 15 hours a week? What’s hurting these people more than low hourly wages is the lack of hours they get. That’s partially because bosses know that low-level retail workers tend to be flaky, so they hire all the warm bodies they can get, give them just enough hours to make them feel employed, and know that, hungry for hours, they’ll gladly accept when some other worker calls in sick and they’re asked to show up in uniform in 30 minutes.

        • Dave

          And also a big thank you to Obama and his Democrats for Obamacare – it makes sure they are underpaid part-time laborers for life.

      • Scott

        How about no. How about you look in to the real cost of minimum wage. How about the tax money that the cooperation or business owner pays in taxes goes to the employee instead of the government. Minimum wage hikes are ways for the government to get more tax revenue. Under the guise of trying to help the little guy. It is a bullshit tactic

        • rxantos

          An alternative would be, the more you pay your employees (percentage wise) the less you need to pay in government extortion fees. After all those employees are also more likely to pay more government extortion fees anyway.

      • RSII0210

        The Demonrats are all “William Mouch” from Atlas Shrugs….

      • NJ_Joe

        We should raise the minimum wage to $50,000 salary per year, guarantee that you cannot lose your job, and make it illegal for businesses make profits. In fact, you don’t even need to show up for work, your paycheck is mailed to your home.

      • devan95

        Yeah, Bernie will MAKE them stay open, because RAINBOWS, UNICORNS, COMMUNISM!

      • Booger

        You stole my logo. You piece of crap

        • bobdog19006

          I’ve only used it 9,348 times so far over the past three years, booger.

          It’s fair to say that horse is out of the barn.

    • Then we should have a lot more jobs today. I started working in 1974 at minimum wage and after adjusting for inflation, the minimum wage today is at least 50% lower than it was in 1974.

      • Pilgrim

        Adjusted for inflation the $2.00 minimum wage in 1974 would be $10.27 in 2016. That’s not 50% in California with their $10.00 minimum wage or in a lot of other places.

        • You’re correct but minimum wage was $2.50 in 1976 and is currently $7.50 in the US. CA just raised its minimum wage 18 days ago.

          • Dorel_C

            WA state has a 9.47 USD per hour, Tacoma has 12 USD per hour, and in Seattle the minimum wage is 15 USD per hour. One has to look around, and not be stuck in a low income place…

    • rxantos

      Any job does not give you enough to have a roof over your head is a worthless job. You are better looking up elsewhere. Even becoming a criminal. Either a private one or, if you lack any sense of morals, a government sponsored one 🙂

    • QuestionMark

      Not true

      • Rocky

        Is too.

        • QuestionMark

          In the sense of your local economy you can see the WalMart story itself disproves your contention. Although these small stores are closing, throughout Alabama there will net a net gain in workers and WallyWorld is lifting all wages.
          Four things would turn America around
          Labor Reform – Higher Wages and Shorter work weeks – Increase the need for workers as better paid workers stimulate the economy. Federally mandated 36 hour weeks, end exclusions and exemptions like sales people, restaurant staff and others from overtime enforcement. Truly change the work world to prioritize employee empowerment.

          Single Payer National Healthcare – Medicare for all cradle to grave. Cheaper, more efficient and will free business from the insurance burden. 7% payroll tax on employer and 2.5% on everyone above poverty could fund. That is less that current premiums and deductibles.

          Tax Reform – Above $500,000 we need to tax more income, social security tax should have no cap, end corporate loopholes.

          Education Reform – Free through college, low cost post grad loans – Education is the answer to much of our problems with increasing polarization and disparity. Learn about so much more than job skills.

          and if I had a 5th one it would be Immigration. Close the doors for 25 years to assimilate what we already have.

          • AntiBanshee

            Did you ever get a job from a poor person?

          • DixT

            The minimum wage began many years ago and was established for “those employees who were in ‘training,’ UNTIL they could learn their jobs well—then their pay raises would begin!.” It was also established to give first-time teenage workers “experience” in the job world—however, the federal government has pretty much shut-out the teenage working sector, and moved people who have lots of job experience into the “minimum wage sector”—like senior citizens and service industry workers!!! It’s the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT who has created such a large sector of “disadvantaged peoples” in the United States.

          • Fred

            ROFL… Four steps toward bankrupting an economy.
            Labor Reform – Think you might have left out the concept of productivity. Without increased productivity, any increase in wages simply comes out of the business bottom line, reducing profit, reducing investors interest in funding the company and resulting in failure. Wal-Mart has already seen the effect of its across the board wage increase – according to their earnings call, it has been the biggest contributor to reduced profitability – stock price will follow.
            Single Payer – Currently, to pay for your insurance from the time you are 65 until you die (Medicare) works as follows… 1. You and your employer pay a combined 4.9% of your wages for your entire working career (35 years?)..no cap to this tax. 2. At 65, you qualify for Medicare – current minimum premium is $135 per month – this covers 80% of medical costs. 3. To cover the remaining cost, a supplemental plan will cost about $250 per month. So, just for your insurance from age 65 until you die you pay 5% of your lifetime earnings plus $385 per month – you believe that insurance from the time you are born can be funded for 9.5% of payroll? Drinking wrong kool aid.
            Tax reform – I know…tax those rich people.
            Education Reform – And which additional tax are you planning to use to fund this one?
            Sorry, I don’t believe Socialism works – you’ll need to show me the country where it has.

          • TheBeatGoesOnandOn

            Fred, here is the list of countries in which the great social experiment- socialism- has prospered:
            1)
            2)
            3)
            4)
            5)
            Did I leave any out?

            signed, Bernie Sanders’ bladder

    • nobody

      Yes, and this is why slaves make the most effective workforce. Too bad then that slavery has been outlawed, isn’t it?

    • TheBeatGoesOnandOn

      Ergo, wouldn’t lower MAXIMUM WAGES create more jobs?

  • TammiMoore99999

    Listen you racists. This story is a bogus attempt to smear black man Obama. You hate black men. Walmart was making tons of money at each store they are closing, but white owners want to make Obama look bad so they are closing these stores for no good reason. Jim Crowe is alive and well. Walmart workers lives matter (did you know that in every store that is closing, the black workers were 98% of the workers, yet in the stores that are staying open, white workers make up 99% of the workers.) What a bigoted country.

    • Vegascelt

      Um, yeah. Leave.

    • dd121

      You are just another stupid knicker.

    • socalbeachdude

      False on all counts. Laughably so.

    • Pat

      Hecho Mexico….bring in the latinos….no jobs for a black…. thank obummer for that.
      was that a white man?????? huh huh ????

    • Democrats; an endangered feces

      So?

      Leave, or shall we prepare your Great Dirt Nap for you, Obama blog troll?

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  • Full-O-Sh*t

    This should be a reason for celebration, most elite Leftest hate this Capitalistic Bell weather. So go shout in the streets Collectivists. .

  • BG60093

    All the mom & pop stores that were put out of business when Walmart opened, can return now. People moan and groan when Walmart comes to town. Then, they moan and groan again if Walmart leaves.

  • Carlton Collins

    2 billion people in this world live on dirt floors…for many of them a low paying job is better than no paying job…when everybody contributes to society, society overall is improved for all…not evenly mind you…but still improved for all…it’s better for all of us when the Wal-Marts of the world prosper, but we all suffer when the Wal-Marts of the world shut their doors…for every closed store, there are employees losing their jobs, consumers losing their low-cost merchandise, some low paid laborer (perhaps in another country) losing their income…young people looking for jobs with fewer opportunities to gain experience and prove their worth…

    …too many people are quick to condemn Wal-Mart for paying low wages, they seem to be completely ignore the positive impact Wal-Mart makes, just because that impact isn’t good enough for them…

    …I would ask the complainers to open their own businesses, higher some folks, put your money and good name on the line with a loan, and embrace the monumental task of creating a thriving business in this world…and once you have done that, then perhaps you will have earned the right to complain…

    • Pat

      I remember my grandpa owned his own home…I will never be able to do that in this obummerland

      • TWBDB

        You won’t with that attitude.

  • Rogue Cheddar

    Liberals own this, they should choke on it.

    • Carl Balmer

      OUR LORD and MASTER

  • Rogue Cheddar

    What liberals don’t understand, when big capitalistic anchor stores close, the little guys nearby in the same plaza will most likely die because of the greatly diminished traffic.

    • localsavage

      They think that a bunch of Mom and Pop stores will open. The problem is that there is so much worthless regulation that the Mom and Pops can’t survive. CA actually has a compressor permit if you have any air compressor. They pay people to go lurking alleys in industrial areas peering through doors looking for violators. Talk about worthless. This stuff adds up. It does make a difference and 99% of it is worthless.

      • rxantos

        Then the problem is government doing thing outside its authority.

    • Julio Pezuka

      A series of books could be written about what a liberal doesn’t understand. What a liberal doesn’t know, a child understands.

  • supershwa

    Too bad. The Wal Mart in Sardis just opened recently. I don’t think Sardis will have a grocery store after they close down the Wal Mart.

    • TWBDB

      Then this spells a business opportunity for a ‘local’ investor. Perhaps the Township of Sardis can provide the same incentive they were providing to Walmart.

  • Truelitistnot

    Screw Wal-Mart. I could care less if they disappeared from the face of the earth. Crummy store that makes China rich. America needs better jobs and better standards and better leadership. Screw Wal-Mart .

    • socalbeachdude

      And what would you suggest those jobs be and who will pay for them?

    • TWBDB

      Obama had nothing to do with Walmart’s decision.

  • Ms. Necessary Evil

    Maybe all those protest against Walmart was not such a great idea~! The babbling baby boy blunder Obama’s anti-American business surely did not help in the last 7 years.

    Shalom

    • TWBDB

      Absolutely ridiculous assertion.

      • Ms. Necessary Evil

        This just adds to the 92+ million other Americans not in the work force.

        Shalom

        • The Funkenstein ✓FUNK verified

          zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

          • Ms. Necessary Evil

            Oh look the child molester is out of prison again.

            Shalom ya filthy liberal-tarded schmuck~!

          • Gainsville Girl

            To funny sis. Sad, but it is true about this boy…

          • Ms. Necessary Evil

            This silly sick black boy is dumber than freaking Obama.

            Shalom

          • Gainsville Girl

            None of his breed walk upright if you know what I mean….

          • Ms. Necessary Evil

            I hope next time they keep this stalker in prison where he belongs.

            Shalom

          • Gainsville Girl

            He is black. So he gets a free pass…

          • The Funkenstein ✓FUNK verified

            um ok bobby

      • blancojoe

        No…actually pretty astute observation. The lady is on to the truth.

      • Ron White

        Prezident Obama created 14 million jobs. Unfortunately, 200,00 were for security gropers and the other 13.8 million were government jobs.

    • The Funkenstein ✓FUNK verified

      so, why all the disqus accts?

  • socalbeachdude

    I’m surprised there are 180 jobs in the entire state of Mississippi!

    • Grand2833

      That’s a nasty thing to say. Have you ever been to Mississippi? No, don’t bother, I know that you haven’t and probably won’t in the future. It’s a beautiful state with a lot of hard working people. Being from New Orleans I am only familiar with the beaches, the seafood and the casinos. The people are very friendly and polite. I have always enjoyed visiting the Mississippi Gulf coast.

      • socalbeachdude

        Yes, I’ve been in Mississippi passing through to Miami on Route 10, but there really is no there there, as Gertrude Stein once said about Oakland, California.

        Rather sadly, but not surprisingly, Mississippi is the nation’s poorest state while Maryland ranks as its richest, according to newly released information from the US Census Bureau. In addition to Mississippi, the three poorest states include West Virginia and Arkansas.

        No wonder those poor folk are so much in despair about losing 180 jobs at low-end Wal-Mart express locations! What on earth will they ever do?!!!

  • socalbeachdude

    Who would ever shop at a Wal-Mart?

  • jimadoo

    Don’t forget to thank obomacare for the closing stages. These small stores likely would not support the employees insurance cost. End game>>>> kiss these jobs goodbye! Thanks labombba.

    • TWBDB

      That’s absurd. #1 Virtually the same number of employees will work at the Neighborhood Market as are losing their jobs at the Walmart Express stores in the region. #2 Walmart employee insurance pools are determined by corporate divisions geographically not store by store. #3 Walmart itself has stated the Express stores were a ‘pilot’ project which turned out to be unprofitable.

      • jamesben

        In the MACRO, Obamacare and out-of-control regulations are stifling employment – under the Kenyan Marxist a RECORD 95 MILLION people are unemployed.

        Own it Lefty.

        • RLB63

          Where I work they work hard to keep employees hours at 29.9 max to prevent having to deal with insurance. They also CUT the old insurance for the part timers because ObamaCare made it to expensive for them. So it’s cut people’s hours and people have lost insurance from their companies. Yes ObamaCare has been a great thing for the U.S.

          • Cobra Kai

            My employer did the same thing, and it started the MINUTE Obamacare ‘officially’ kicked off. I went from 40 hours to 27 hours overnight (my employer decided to subtract a 3-hour buffer in case they ever needed me to stay late sometime).

            In what parallel universe is 30 hours a week ‘full-time’?? Oh yeah, in the DEMOCRATS’ parallel universe!

      • Grand2833

        I really think the smaller stores were supposed to be the competition for the Dollar stores. Dollar General has grown by leaps and bounds. Perhaps Wal-Mart thought they could move into that market. It hasn’t worked out well for them. People who shop at Dollar General are very loyal customers and don’t want to go anywhere else.

        • TWBDB

          That makes perfect sense.

  • Yu So Wong

    Bernie Sanders says that his administration will both force Walmart to stay open AND to increase all employee salaries to $20 per hour or more. Its only fair you know.

    • Carl Balmer

      HERE BEEZ the CURE to NIGERS

      • ever4ready5

        What does this photo have to do with Walmart closings?

      • Miguel526

        Horrifyingly Ugly!

      • Patriot077

        How disgusting! And it has nothing to do with WalMart.
        This is despicable.

      • The Funkenstein ✓FUNK verified

        I hope this happens to you

      • Grand2833

        Well, I guess that’s a cure for a lot of things. Why are you putting this picture up? No, seriously, why?

      • TWBDB

        There is a special place in Hell for people like you: I’m sure the monsters in this photograph are enjoying it right now.

    • The Funkenstein ✓FUNK verified

      zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  • Mike0oSS

    This is what happens when market forces aren’t allowed to operate….I’m not debating the top[ic, and if anyone doesn’t get it, take an economics class or two, and learn English for a change.

    • TWBDB

      Market forces were allowed to operate: the Express stores went into incredibly small communities with long standing loyalty to locally owned family stores.

      • jamesben

        People are much more loyal to LOWER PRICES, and operating expenses at these (or any) stores will be lower with the JACKBOOT of governmental regulation of Democrats off their throats.

        Again, look at the macro (big picture) aspect.

    • Mike0oSS

      You are all wrong..this has nothing to do with sentiment…if it did we would all get roses at our desks or work places in the morning.

  • urshoozuntyd

    Another sign of what is to come. It is going to get much worse before it gets better. Prepare and be ready to help those around you.

  • dave_ice

    Closing stores makes for perfect tax write-offs. Walmart will come out of this in BETTER shape, sad to say.

  • usdollars76

    I just saw on Bloomberg that Lowes is also closing unprofitable stores. They were profitable before the recent wage increases I assume. If they wanted to keep the jobs and increase the income of people why not just lower the taxes on these people. Vote for Obama and the Libs and all you have is hope with no change left to pay another tax.

    • TWBDB

      Well, we can’t vote for Obama.

  • ForestWilson

    Libs hate it when free enterprise works…

    • The Funkenstein ✓FUNK verified

      link?

  • Carl Balmer

    NIGERS STEAL MORE THAN HUMANS SPEND
    ANY QUESTION WHY NIGER INFESTED AREA STORES CLOSE ????

  • Red_Ruffansore

    You libtards ran your mouths, hated Walmart. Guess what, Walmart doesn’t need you in an Obameconomy. Smart business, tighten the belt, cut the marginal stores and close up the five finger discounts in hoodrat neighborhoods until the political winds shift. Ask Obama fo sum mo hopeNchange….if you can stand any more of it.

    • The Funkenstein ✓FUNK verified

      zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  • Tom

    Another 4 years with a democratic president and this will be seen as text tip of the iceberg with job losses.

    • The Funkenstein ✓FUNK verified

      why?

  • teaisstronger eleven

    180 JOBS THERE ARE OVER 97 MILLION UNEMPLOYED AND THE WORRY IS ABOUT 180

  • Clambaked22

    Democrats just simply do not understand how business works. Especially the Useful Idiot democrats. You cant just raise wages. if so, Why not $100 per hour? Democrats never think of where the money comes from. Wages are an expense and can only be passed on to the public. If the Democrat idiots think it’s coming out of CEO pay, they’re nuts.

    So now “EVIL” Walmart is closing a few stores. Lets see who begs for jobs now.

    Minimal wage is looking pretty good.

  • Snarkasterous1

    This just in:

    Libbie do-gooders prattled on and on about everyone “deserving” a wage as a “right” – and, largely as a result of Wal-Mart’s capitulation to Libbie do-gooders, many stores became unprofitable.

    Thus, precisely as adults (I.e., conservatives) made clear well in advance, Libbie do-gooder policies have cost many more jobs.

    Well done, Libbies!

    – Snark

    • Clambaked22

      Obama could not run a lemonade stand. And, has never run a business. Never.

  • Clambaked22

    Hillary is on the air saying she “ADVISED” Obama.. ha..What a joke. Sanders Better start punching this Liar lady in the nose.. If Hillary’s mouth is moving, she is lying. She is taking every opportunity to hit that guy and he sits there like a punching bag.

  • afype

    It was expected. When we are 20 trillion in debt, have 65 million illegal aliens in USA who work for $6.00 per hour and have majority of good paying industrial jobs shipped to Asian countries, what do you expect?.The rubber band can be stretched for so long…it will eventually break.

    • The Funkenstein ✓FUNK verified

      yanwzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  • Clambaked22

    I know my last comment is slightly off topic, but when the democrats are on stage at this second saying raise the minimum wage,, with no idea of how business works, you have to shout it down.

    IT’s not their business. If they want to start a store and pay $15/hour let them.. Lets see what happens when it fails. Walmart is looking pretty good. If it’s open.

    • The Funkenstein ✓FUNK verified

      propaganda

  • Clambaked22

    Listening to Hillary lie on stage is so tiresome. Boy is she a liar. So she just called PUTIN a Bully.

    Hope she has more “RESET” buttons. What a JOKE this lady is.

    • The Funkenstein ✓FUNK verified

      then don’t vote for her

  • acetech

    One of the main reasons for business to close stores is the ACA. Now very few minimum wage jobs are full time. The higher the minimum wage the more people out of work. If you want more money, get a skill, Making employers pay for all the medical insurance costs means fewer jobs in order to stay solvent.

    • The Funkenstein ✓FUNK verified

      uh, no…try again

      • acetech

        Troll alert.

        • The Funkenstein ✓FUNK verified

          ok, troll..be a man

  • jeanmchambers

    Obama is laughing at America. Fuck you Obama!!!

    • The Funkenstein ✓FUNK verified

      hahahhah!

  • Ray Burke

    Walmart is simply culling the herd in order to remain competitively viable !!! REBel

    • Amos2

      “competitively viable” with whom?

      • Ray Burke

        With everyone !!! REBel

  • $15.00 Minimum wage followed by Hope and Change Yes We can..

    • The Funkenstein ✓FUNK verified

      ???

    • Just_a_Guy_Named_Joe

      $15.00 Minimum wage followed by Nope, We’re Closing.

      • We tried telling you what would happen when Walmart made the announcement but got crickets.
        Learn how not to vote for rinos or democrats.

    • TWBDB

      The minimum wage in Mississippi is $7.25

  • Amos2

    Your grand pappy and daddy religiously pulled that donkey lever. So, keep pulling that donkey lever. Sooner or later you’re sure to get what’s coming to you, that is if you haven’t already got it, namely unemployment, crappy part time job, hand to mouth existence, illegals taking what jobs there are, crappy schools, rotten quality of life, etc. etc. How is Obama’s and the Democrat Party’s “HOPE and CHANGE” working out for you’ll?

    • Just_a_Guy_Named_Joe

      Yep. They kept pulling that lever until one day they woke up with a hand full of donkey lever and nothing else.

  • slowboat2

    We are told that nobody wants to work at Walmart. Pay is too low and conditions are bad. Politicians line-up to tell people how bad Walmart is. Now they are crying because people lost jobs that don’t pay enough, company is bad, employees are abused, and people can get better jobs. Problem solved picketers and politicians. Make up your minds!

  • Just_a_Guy_Named_Joe

    When I was in high school I had classmates who worked jobs like these at K-Mart and various grocery stores. These were part-time jobs used to generate a little spending cash. They were not “career” positions into which they hoped to move upon graduation.

    We used to have real, honest paying jobs for real, honest working Americans. The unions quashed that by running up wages and bringing down productivity. It got cheaper to send those jobs to Asia, China specifically. China then made the goods we once produced and sold them back to us. They then used that money to prop up their commie-stock market which has gone bust erasing trillions of dollars of actual wealth.

    Meanwhile, in America, workers dream of getting jobs doing little to nothing at Wal-Mart. How did we get to this sorry state? How did we get to the point where people consider shelf-stocking and cashiering desirable jobs and career positions?

    We used to be better than this. We should be better than this.

    • The Funkenstein ✓FUNK verified

      jobs are bad, huh?

      • Just_a_Guy_Named_Joe

        Bad jobs are not careers.

        • The Funkenstein ✓FUNK verified

          be thankful

    • sal

      These lousy corporations would be happy to pay their workers $2 an hour if they could.

  • The Funkenstein ✓FUNK verified

    Gainesville = crabs

    • Just_a_Guy_Named_Joe

      Only because your mom worked the corners so thoroughly.

      • The Funkenstein ✓FUNK verified

        ok my child

  • Polar Vortex

    Job security.

  • Chocolatini

    Oh no! The loss of such good, well-paying jobs! (sarcasm)

    Is it a sadder story for the customers?

  • marksutton

    The Dems have said for many decades that they care about working Americans while destroying their jobs by imposing burdensome requirements on businesses who hire people to work. They are liars. Their leaders are getting rich in DC while their supporters suffer. I used to be a Dem when I was young but I changed when I saw the effects of Dem policies. My values have not changed but my political views have changed. I am voting for Cruz because he is the closest to Reagan, who was the best president in my life time. Under Reagan, the economy boomed and, while he was cutting federal taxes, annual federal revenues almost doubled in his eighth year, despite the tax cuts, because people had more and better jobs. Almost everyone in the news media hated Reagan and the same ones still do (there was no FOX news channel then). Despite the odds, Reagan won 49 out of 50 states for his second term.

    The article describes the kinds of things that happen when Dem policies dominate. Even most Repubs in Congress are poisoned by DC.

    • Browns Fan42

      Good post, but I’d ask you to consider giving Carly another look. She’s running on rock-ribbed conservative values and to me, she appears the most Reaganesque of the bunch. Also, she’s been an executive and a legitimate change agent. Her zero-based budgeting idea is absolutely necessary. Anyone Republican who is against that should be labeled a RINO, primaried, and tossed. That said anyone would be better than electing another socialist/communist from the Democratic Party.

    • sal

      Ted Cruz would bring in more immigrants to take more jobs and he favors the TPP trade deal. I want the border controlled. We don’t need any more low skilled immigrants.

  • TWBDB

    Well, it has certainly been a pleasure to hear from the Right wing this evening. Thank you so much for sharing and showing your true selves.

    • HillaryStraponsHuma

      Fukk off hoemoe

  • AZWarrior

    How do those higher minimum wages you forced onto Walmart look now asswipes?

  • aeroguy48

    Drudge sure did drive a lot of traffic here.

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  • TryingToComprehendAllOfThis

    WalMart receives the largest federal subsidy of any major corporation. How? 18% of all Food Stamp purchases are made in Wal Mart.

    Hillary has taken very good care of her former “Owners.”

  • Ron White

    Sam Walton never saw this coming.

    • Jack_Kennedy

      the REAL AMERICANS are saying………….WE TOLD SO

      • HillaryStraponsHuma

        WE TOLD SO? No, that’s what stupid Democrat losers are saying!

  • Jack_Kennedy

    attaboy obama ………… what a good prezzie zero the democrats have foisted on America
    .
    but…………..
    .
    bozomooches rule………………soooooooooooooooo…………

  • Shadowpaw

    The only reason big companies ship their stuff off to other countries to get done is because they save money that way…and the only reason they do this is because our government lets them get away with it…i believe if your an American Company that got your start in America that you should not be able to shut down all your business’s in the country of your origin ..they should make it a law! I’m not saying they can’t expand overseas if they want ..I’m simply saying that if they do so they should be required by law to keep companies open in the United States also ..or get the hell out of our country and we do no business with them anymore..that might fix some of this problem we are having with companies that started here ..abandoning us and going overseas just for profit.

    • Tootrue4you

      You advocate slavery.

  • Shadowpaw

    I mean look at China..they have stolen almost all our technologies and all the companies that open up shop there have all their company secrets stolen from them by China..hell ..we made China the power that it is..and they repay us by stabbing us in the back monetarily…just like our own companies are doing to us now! This has to stop! New business laws would fix this..and i don’t care how much those business’s lobby the government…they need to cease and desist or stop existing.

    • HillaryStraponsHuma

      BILL CLINTON GAVE THEM OUR TECHNOLOGY, AS$HOLE……

  • Mickawber

    This is why we didn’t want a Great Wall of China Mart installed in our formerly nice neighborhood in Sewer Soon City, California. After they suck the lifeblood out of the local mom / pop brick and mortar economy, they shutter the store leaving an empty building that will become the local welfare office and Wally World moves on down the street like the parasites they truly are. My kid even worked there last summer during summer break from UCLA but I don’t give an Obama—-get it out of here!

    • HillaryStraponsHuma

      Shut up communist loser!

  • Golfendude

    ESTABLISHMENT DEMS, MSM, GOPe , ILLEGAL ALIENS and RADICAL ISLAM are VERY AFRAID
    OF:

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    MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN

  • Abriana Zinich

    Gimme a break Democrats/Liberals have been after Walmart and McDonalds for years, protesting, suing, demanind more pay, trying for force unions, trying to get them closed. Well now you got part of your wish… how you like it now? Wait till Mickey D’s start closing down. Then what, now you guys gonna complain they closing. You can’t have it both ways. You reap what you sow. Or Becareful what you wish for…

    • tripledude

      Short, sweet & totally correct!!!…………………….

  • Cha’relle Brown

    ESTABLISHMENT DEMS, MSM, GOPe , ILLEGAL ALIENS and RADICAL ISLAM are VERY AFRAID
    OF:

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    MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN

  • cecil91

    Hope this doesn’t affect Walmart’s place as central casting for weird America.

  • bigcrawfish

    The internet is taking it’s toll. I shop from the internet mostly except for food because I live 20 miles from the nearest Wal Mart. Things evolve…not many people have a home phone anymore. Desktop computer anyone? Cars themselves are losing ground to small SUVs, crossovers, and pickups. Anyone still have “dirt bikes” or have most gone to 4 wheelers? Point is, I see WalMart evolving and may even get into the “dollar store” business soon enough. Those are everywhere and you don’t see many closing. I’d shop a Walmart dollar store three miles down in a heartbeat.

    • tripledude

      They provide a service that is unbeatable for distance users every where!!!………….

  • HitleryForDictator2016

    I don’t understand how this is a problem. Isn’t Walmart the evil entity that has destroyed Mom & Pop businesses in towns across the country, according to leftists? If so, wouldn’t them closing all these stores be a GREAT chance for all these people, freshly unemployed, to reopen their life long dreamed upon shops and businesses as they would have done previously, if not for Walmart’s monopoly of the local market?

    Leftists should be APPLAUDING this development and should be personally telling EVERY SINGLE NEWLY UNEMPLOYED INDIVIDUAL how LUCKY they are for having this wonderful opportunity to start all those businesses that they had planned to start prior to Walmart coming into their communities and providing affordable housewares, affordable groceries, affordable clothing and JOBS for them and their neighbors!

    • tripledude

      Have you ever, ever, gone through the permit & EPA hassle??? ………No one on planet earth
      can now be in business. Period & seriously!!!………………….

    • tripledude

      .By the way.Walmart, love it. But! they also have been trying to expand in our county for ever. They have the $, but think their patience is ebbing. !!!……………..

  • charlie

    Why not $40 or $50 dollars an hour minimum wage? That would do wonders for employment, I mean after all what ARE you worth if you can walk and chew gum at the same time?

  • HillaryStraponsHuma

    The Obowelmovement Economy is a Fraud…. Stupid Americans voted for .Hoax and Chains because the greedy lying socialist jew media told them to….What morons!

  • HillaryStraponsHuma

    The UNNAFORDABLE CARE ACT at work…….WalMart can’t afford to pay RIDICULOUS OBAMA HEALTHCARE PREMIUMS……You loser democrats voted to lose your jobs!

  • HillaryStraponsHuma

    OBAMA HEALTHCARE PREMIUMS UP SIX THOUSAND DOLLARS A YEAR….

    And idiot democrats ask why stores are closing and Americans are being laid off in Droves?

    FUKKK YOU AS$HOLE OBAMA VOTERS!

  • jimmyj32

    The irony is people were complaining when Walmart wanted to put this store in the area.

  • Deliciousfriedchickenisha

    lol…looks like Obama’s voters will have to shoplift elswhere.

    We’ll find out in November if they are still that stupid…

  • ridesdressage

    Hey Liberals: This is a result of higher minimum wages. POOR PEOPLE WILL BE AFFECTED. DO YOU CARE? No. You don’t. You just talk to make yourself look good and feel good.

  • Fromhere

    The “brilliant” economic plan of Oblamers is working perfectly. Destroy the US. He sure loves Iran though.

  • ToDumb

    Taxes soon to rise due to lost revenue …………….

  • ata777

    The triumph of mathematics over progressive ideology is just beginning.

  • I am Dasom

    Thanks Obama!

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  • OWilson

    In the U.S.S.R. They set bread prices so low everybody could afford it.

    Trouble was nobody bothered baking it anymore, and the ones that did had lineups around the block until they too ran out.

    Ah, socialism!

    • Wills510

      What you are describing sounds more like the German “Weimar Republic”.

      • OWilson

        No need to go back THAT far!

        Ever been to Cuba?

  • Natural_Texan

    Isn’t this just phase-two (or whatever) of the plan? Wal Mart comes into communities.. flashy stores, cheap stuff, traditional retailers are forced out of business. Wal Mart now closes the stores.. you drive further and/or start ordering more online…. Either way there’s no going back to local retailers and it’s we have the giant sucking sound of money flowing out of the community.

  • shp

    Pelosi says unemployment stimulates the economy.

    So, what’s the problem?

  • Shocked_and_Amazed8591

    According to officials at Wally World, raising the min wages had a greater effect than estimated on the bottom line.
    Duhhh…ope

  • BajaDreamer

    Walmart is the single most destructive entity in retail today. They don’t give a damn about the communities where they locate or the people who work for them. This is why they have been banned from doing business in townships and parishes all across the country. They engage in unfair business practices and openly flout the law at ever opportunity.
    That big sucking sound you hear is all the jobs and easy shopping leaving the area after a Walmart that ran the local businesses out of business, suddenly packs up and leaves.

    • shp

      It doesn’t matter who sells the Chinese-made stuff now, sweety.

      Mom and Pop stores buy the same cheap garbage out of China that WalMart sells, but you pay more at Mom and Pop.

      Unless all of a sudden Mom and Pop buys their stuff from the US?

      And Mom and Pop pays minimum wage, also. With limited benefits.

      Duh.

  • John S

    In Maryland the minimum wage is $15.00 and the Lib rats all patted themselves on the back and said look what we did for the little guy. Now when you walk into a grocery store there are no checkers just scan your own aisles. Same at Burger King, no one behind the counter, just tap the screen and one of the three store employees hands you the chow. When I worked at McDonalds 40 years ago I knew it was a starter job. It’s a job where you learn to show up for your shifts and look neat and clean not a job to raise a family on.

  • Liberals cannot be convinced because they either: Already know they’re wrong…or are real dumb. The truth is not part of their narrative. Their appearance as a ultra-caring individual is their narrative.

  • Wills510

    I noticed that the DC “powers that be” are infuriated…just infuriated that Wal-Mart is closing down some stores there and not going through with plans to build more. Let us not forget that the city fathers did everything they could to stop Walmart from opening any stores in DC. Once Walmart started producing jobs…they changed their mind. However, some people just aren’t worth $15 an hour.

  • Romny

    And it;s all brought to us by Barack Hussain Obama who belongs in a pine box. period.

    • TheBeatGoesOnandOn

      Not a part of a proper Islamic burial…….dump him in a creek. Got one?!

      • Romny

        He deserves no proper burial, just throw throw the bastard in a ditch.

        • TheBeatGoesOnandOn

          son-of-a-ditch that he is……Yea!

    • TWBDB

      You deserve to be in prison and I hope they use your online account to put you there.

  • Don

    These towns and people brought this on themselves. Now they will pay the price at all the dollar something stores.

    • TheBeatGoesOnandOn

      Hum….so why do they bother puting price tags on items at the Dollar Store(s)?

  • Andrew Clear

    Considering the Neighborhood Markets are grocery stores, I would venture to say the higher minimum wages the company adopted were the main factors behind closing them, not competition with online retailers. The other stores are impacted by both, higher wages and competition.

  • devan95

    Dollar General is kicking their butt in the small store market.

    • shp

      We have a Dollar General Market in town and they have some of the best prices around for staples. Dozen eggs: $2, gallon of red cap milk: $2.75, loaf of wheat bread: $1.25. And a fair selection of fresh veggies.

  • TWBDB

    If you’re wondering why jobs are leaving the country, read the comments below.

  • Tom

    Because you cannot over regulate business and artificially manipulate wages without consequences.

    • TWBDB

      You do realize we’re talking about Mississippi right?

      • Tom

        Yes, regulation and wages aren’t isolated to one city, county, or state when dealing with companies both national and global. A wage increase at a profitable store can result in job losses at unprofitable location regardless of locale as can tariffs and import restrictions.

  • GM

    I like to think they are closing stores because I boycotted them and stopped shopping at this employer of illegals. Mexi-Donalds got the same thing.

  • Rhonie Briley

    If I were the Walton Family, I would be looking for someone to buy out Walmart today. Since Jimmy Carter was President I have seen many large chain department stores fail, and more will follow. Walmart’s advantage is the free trade with China. However, when Trump gets elected, that advantage will quickly vanish. The good thing is that places like Northeast Mississippi, along with every place else in the US will explode with jobs with better paying salaries than what Walmart could ever offer their employees. Don’t believe me, try it, you ain’t got nothing to lose, but a lot to gain. Donald Trump 2016!!! Make America Great Again!!!

  • TWBDB

    It takes less than 5 minutes to learn the fact that Walmart is actually adding more stores in the US this year than they plan to shut down: larger stores than the Walmart Express branded ‘pilot program’ stores they are closing. So, to those who blame the increase in minimum wage, EPA guidelines, etc. for this decision you might reconsider. These arguments make no sense whatsoever in light of the facts.

  • Jeff Robertson

    if I had more health insurance I could go to work earlier. I spend most of my time looking for germs to start an “infection farm” on my right arm. Then they will see me and they can write a prescription for higher pay and lots of rest. Not even the god of wal*mart can win that battle! or can he?…….

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