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Walmart not an evil giant for construction industry

This Walmart store in Waukesha was recently bid out to become a supercenter. Walmart Stores Inc., the world's largest retailer, has 83 stores in Wisconsin and three distribution centers. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

This Walmart store in Waukesha will be replaced with a new supercenter at the site of the old Cretex Concrete Plant. Walmart Stores Inc., the world's largest retailer, has 83 stores in Wisconsin and three distribution centers. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

By Jan Basina

I often hear people hammering away on Walmart about one policy or another and often I agree with them, but that’s probably fodder for some other blog.

Let’s focus today about Walmart and its proliferation of construction projects. Even in this weak economy, the Bentonville, Ark., retailer has not been afraid to plow forward with what seems to be a very aggressive construction schedule.

As I tracked projects over the past year, I couldn’t help but notice Walmart projects popping up all over JobTrac. So I did some unscientific research (counting the number of Walmart projects JobTrac reported on.)

In the JobTrac database I counted 32 construction projects attached to Walmart from January 2009 to January 2010. That comes out to just under 2.5 construction projects each month.

The projects were large and small; some were new construction, others were expanding stores into supercenters and some were just remodeling or re-imaging projects.

Let’s give credit where it’s due.

No matter what you think about Walmart and some of its policies (including pay rates), the company has kept a lot of you working in the trades with plenty of opportunities to keep on building, as well as its commitment to a green future.

That certainly deserves a shoutout.

But there must be other companies out there that also deserve recognition for having provided a lot of good construction opportunities this past year.

So if you know of a company that has provided tradespeople with many-a-chance to hammer a nail, pour some concrete or shingle a roof, let me hear about it in the comment section below.

I’ll start with a big shoutout to Walmart.

Jan Basina, who feels the job of greeter is important, is a data reporter with The Daily Reporter.

One comment

  1. Wal Mart builds new stores to what avail? Stores like the one pictured in this article become abandoned and sit empty, no other business is able to use the buildings without extensive renovations. Then they build giant stand alone stores so they minimize their competition.

    Kohl’s is a good example of a much friendlier business to communities, often becoming anchor stores in strip malls where other small business can benefit from their presence… and Kohl’s has a much more aggressive policy to make their stores “green”.

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