Where I used to live in west Michigan, Walmart wanted a new store on new land down the road from their current one years ago. Their major problem is that it was in the same area as the corporate headquarters of Meijer which is the Michigan version of Walmart but better.
The supposed land of building was on a huge family owned farm of apple growers that supplies most of the national food chains. Michigan is only second to California in diversity and abundance of produce.
Meijer and their lawyers along with the MSU Extension service stopped the new Walmart store in the location and pushed them to build a new building in the original location. In addition, the new store had to be made of recycled materials and earth friendly plus the demolition of the old store materials had to be recycled as much as possible to avoid the landfill.
Believe that Walmart should copy the building practices to be used in current stores and in new ones.
Thought that I would see more stores like the one in Michigan in other States.
Footnote about Meijer. They have a promise to their customers to buy locally first, regionally second, nationally third and globally as the last resort.
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