Wal-Mart to Be #1 Regional Private Employer

Within two years, Wal-Mart will likely be the biggest private employer in the area, Brian McNeill writes in today’s Daily Progress. Between the location on 29N, the growing distribution center in Zion Crossroads, the planned location in Louisa and the newly-announced location in Greene, they’ll have 1,970 people working for them. The company’s low wages, poor benefits and discriminatory hiring practices make it less than clear that there’s anything particularly good about this news. McNeill’s article ends with a mysterious quote from Darden professor Paul Farris claiming that Wal-Mart’s presence may well be good for local retailers which, as The Hook‘s Hawes Spencer points out, would seem to challenge traditional logic.

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