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May 28th, 2006
Save it for Walmart

Whole Foods Market wants to open a store in Eugene – story here.

Apparently some residents of Eugene are unhappy about this, citing the usual array of complaints – they won’t buy local, they’ll put local business out of business, blah blah blah. However, that hasn’t been the case that I’ve seen so far. The Whole Foods in downtown Portland has some of the nicest selection of local products I’ve seen so far – heck, even our cat food is local now because they carry Castor & Pollux food, a Portland-based brand. It’s also supposed to be a pretty good place to work.

The objection to a parking garage is just plain silly. Pasadena’s “Old Town” is totally hopping now, and an example of why parking garages can be pivotal to revitalizing an area. Put in parking, they will come. They will park, and they will walk around and shop and eat and whatever… spending money left and right. The area in question in Eugene is apparently in need of some serious revitalizing – why are these people complaining?

As for Whole Foods eliminating local flavor – whatever. They do sell local products and make them available to me, the consumer, to discover and purchase. They FEATURE them, for crying out loud! They support local charities, they PROMOTE local charities – by making it super-easy for people to donate right at the register, with these bar coded swipe cards that allow you to donate a couple bucks for a hot meal at a homeless shelter or a hygiene kit for a battered women’s shelter.

Community is what you make of it. This is one of those companies that seeks to become part of the community, rather than putting up some homogeneous store like yet another Safeway or Walmart. People of Eugene, get over yourselves.

Posted by Claire at 11:56 AM | Current Events | Comments (0) | Tweet This Post

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