And then it opened

Posted Mon, 11/08/2010 - 1:35am

At the end of October, the “smaller” Walmart opened at Northcross.

We know there are still issues concerning crime, traffic, truck routes and others. Please let us know when you have a problem that needs to be addressed.

You are also free to contact the new store manager with issues: Scott Gray at 420-9669. We met him. He indicated a willingness to listen and to address public concerns.

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We know some are still not pleased that there is a Walmart there of any kind. But we hope everyone who supported RG4N understands how amazing and rare our win is.

Remember, when this all started in November 2006, the original plan called for a store that would have been one of the largest Walmarts in the United States at 225,000 sq. ft.

We hit roadblock after roadblock in our opposition but never gave up. We made thousands of yard signs, and stood together at Arms Around Northcross, yet we had no political support. Our city put up $784,000 to fight us in court, and we lost. We fought for years! Then against all odds, we ended up winning. The store was reduced to 99,000 sq. ft. That is 56% smaller. And it’s called Neighborhood Market by Walmart. Definitely not a Supercenter. That result was due to economic factors, as well as your tenacious and steadfast demand for a more responsible plan.

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We must recognize and thank all the volunteers, committee members, business
supporters, and all who donated their precious time and dollars.

To all who put out yard signs and kept them there through every setback. In many cases, you had several generations of signs...

To our amazing attorneys, Doug Young and Brad Rockwell...

To everyone who put a bumper sticker on their car or tied red ribbons on their trees…

If you came to any of our Town Hall meetings…

If you participated in the creation of our alternate plan…

To all who helped us design t-shirts, posters, our logo, newsletters...

If you helped us pass out copies of our newsletter…

To all who forwarded our emails and spread the word…

If you wore red to any of our events, or bought a t-shirt...

If you marched at City Hall…

If you went down to City Hall and spoke directly to the city council…

If you came to our city council forum…

If you celebrated with us at Brentwood Tavern (oh, how we miss you!)...

To all who cleaned out their garages and closets for the RG4N Bazaar…

To all who came to Feisty Fest…

To the amazingly talented musicians and artists who were there...

If you wrote a letter or sent an email to Walmart…

If you wrote a letter or sent an email to city council…

To all the people who came out on Saturday mornings with handmade signs and
protested at the corner of Anderson Lane and Burnet Road…

To everyone who honked or shouted their support…

If you came to one of our press conferences…

If you blogged or commented online in favor of RG4N…

If you shopped at one of our supporting businesses and made a RG4N donation
there…

If you spread the word about the Walmart boycott...

To those who helped us go door to door to collect petition signatures or poll neighbors…

To all the people who defended RG4N time and time again against skeptical
friends, family, co-workers, media and other naysayers…

And so much more...

To everyone who kept going because it was NOT a done deal, THANK YOU.

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One more thing, there's a fight in Houston that's similar ours. Check 'em out and send 'em some encouragement: http://www.stopheightswalmart.org

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We'd love to hear your thoughts. Share them at press [at] rg4n [dot] org