The construction of a Walmart doesn't necessarily spell doom and gloom for existing businesses in a community, but the world's largest retailer can have both good and bad effects on a city, according to local experts.
Community reaction to Walmart's attempts to locate in central Ohio has been varied.
The longest local battle to keep Walmart out of a community started in October 2003 and continued until Liberty Township announced a final settlement in May this year.
Westerville's businesses agree on one thing: Walmart's move into the community will have an effect on what they do.
Although Walmart has a reputation for putting independent stores out of business, ThisWeek reporters who worked on this series found the one-stop store is credited with spurring retail development, creating jobs and making charitable contributions in six central Ohio suburbs: Grove City, Reynoldsburg, Canal Winchester, Marysville, Lewis Center and the city of Delaware.
The Marysville development district known as Coleman’s Crossing now looks significantly different than it did six years ago before Walmart opened a 206,000-square-foot Supercenter on the city’s east side.
The Walmart super center at the Taylor Square shopping center in Reynoldsburg is the main anchor of a thriving retail development on a site that was once nothing more than woods and an open field.
Six years after coming to Canal Winchester, Walmart has been more of a blessing than a burden to the community, local officials say.
In January 2000, the Walmart at 8659 state Route 23 in Northpointe Plaza, Lewis Center, held a grand opening and was embraced by a community.
Delaware's retail landscape changed when Walmart opened a store 18 years ago.
Three years ago, Walmart put the brakes on a project that would have replaced the company's store at 1760 U.S. Route 23.
Business is booming in Grove City’s Stringtown Road shopping center, thanks to the Walmart Supercenter anchor.