Thursday, June 25, 2009

Invasion At Whoreinton

I cringe every time I hear a rumor that Walmart is coming to the area. I cringe when I hear people say that they wish this or that chain store would come to town. The people that desire this sort of invasion usually work for some company which will not be in competition with these out of the area corporate soul suckers.

Of course the town of Warrenton, or as I call it Whoreinton gladly bends over to pick up the soap every time a corporate jet lands at the air field. Don’t they see that to fill their tax coffers they are jeopardizing life-long residents with multi-generational businesses? When will it all stop, Whoreinton?

Oddly, the people I would think that would be most sensitive to this invasion were recently collecting signatures on a petition in an attempt to get Trader Joe’s Corporate Headquarters to notice our area and hopefully dump one of their stores here to further rape and pillage that which is left of our higher end marketing opportunities. These petitions were being pushed by local business owners. Have they lost their minds as well?

Here is a Youtube video about Trader Joe’s. It is pretty funny on the surface, but kind of sickening under the surface. Be careful of what you wish for.

Trader Joe's


Blogger Tango said...

They are building a second Walmart in Manassas inside the Manassas Mall, which already has a ton of empty spaces. I guess after the store is built, they can pretty much shut down the rest of the mall. It's really sad!!

4:40 AM  
Blogger darev2005 said...

All they can see is the tax dollars. They are blinded by what they view as "growth" without seeing the death it is causing. It's like one country invading another. They see it as gaining resources and land and booty without really seeing the lives it cost to obtain it. If the civic leaders were all local small business owners who might be put out of business by the chain store rather than career politicos, this would not seem as good an idea, suddenly. They could get the same growth by fostering half a dozen local small businesses rather than one large chain store. But that's just unamerican, it seems.

7:18 AM  
Blogger Amy said...

Dammit. Now I'm going to be humming that song and I've never even been to a Trader Joe's.

8:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i love walmart.


8:38 AM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

Tango, Fuckers!

Darev, I hope the city leaders read your comment.

Amy, I hope you forever remain a Traider Joe's Virgin.

Pam, Bitch, you are just trying to get to me.

11:24 AM  
Blogger Nulaanne said...

I hate walmart. I won't shop there unless there is no other option or I am in desprate need. Last time it was a year ago. The list is long on why I won't go there. Bad wadges, homophobic, and on and on and on. Nope, I will go local.

2:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who would trader joe's be in competition with? Chain store Freddies, Chain Store Safeway? It isn't go to be in competition with the smaller stores (like stop 'n go or Warrenton's little downtown store, or that Astoria downtown store). The ONLY thing it MIGHT be in competition with is the co-op in Astoria and they need competition.

3:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

dude, i love it when you call me bitch.

7:22 PM  
Blogger Paula said...

I'm starting to have Wal*Mart withdrawal symptems since I wanted to make Crazy Orange Salad and couldn't find one brand of mandarin oranges that didn't have the word China on it somewhere.

9:26 PM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

Nulaanne, I wished you statement stopped before the wore "Unless."

Anon, there are a few gourmet shops in the county and there are a few people in the county that sell their own specialty food items. This would include coffee roasters, chocolate shops, and yet be it a small nail, but still another nail in the coffin for places like Ken and Son's and Hunt's market.

Pam, that's why I do it so often.

Paula, Mandarin oranges are from the Mandarin region of China.

5:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't like shopping at Walmart any more than I like shopping at Safeway, Fred Meyer, Home Depot, or CostCo. Yes, these chains drive locally-owned stores out of business and take their profits out of our community. But we still patronize the chains anyway. The economy has changed; most consumer dollars aren't spent at mom-and-pop stores. Warrenton's city leaders are no better or worse than Astoria's or Seaside's or Cannon Beach's or Gearhart's or Clatskanie's or Manzanitta's. Get over it.

6:09 PM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

I guess I'll have to get over it, but think of it this way, if I wanted to live by these things I would live in Beaverton.

8:17 PM  
Blogger Paul said...

Safeway sucks. I wish I could get out to the farmer's market every week, but I'm usually working. The co-op is okay. Wish there were a better grocery option, one with a real meat counter would be nice.

8:09 PM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

Paul, Good to see you are still around. Haven't heard from you in some time.

Try the smaller grocers, locally Hunts in Svensen, Select in Warrenton.

8:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

well I would be behind local if they didn't see fit to charge top dollar for every little thing they can,how is that helping out the community it is more like taking advantage of them. sure they will be mad about having to compete with normal prices

1:57 PM  

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