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.

Editor's note: Who wins with Walmart? The answer depends on whom you ask. This is a series on the impact of Walmart stores on select central Ohio communities.

 

 

Special Report: Who Wins with Walmart?

Experts say Walmart delivers both positives, negatives

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 varies from location to location

Community reaction to Walmart's attempts to locate in central Ohio has been varied.

Liberty Twp. fought long, costly battle against Walmart

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.

Walmart arrival elicits mixed reaction among businesses

Westerville's businesses agree on one thing: Walmart's move into the community will have an effect on what they do.

Suburbs say Walmart led to development, growth

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.

Walmart started Marysville’s retail development wave

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.

Reynoldsburg Walmart paved way for retail development

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.

Walmart more blessing than burden to Canal Winchester

Six years after coming to Canal Winchester, Walmart has been more of a blessing than a burden to the community, local officials say.

Lewis Center residents had few concerns about Walmart

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 city retail landscape affected by Walmart

Delaware's retail landscape changed when Walmart opened a store 18 years ago.

Cheshire Road Walmart nixed during economic downturn

Three years ago, Walmart put the brakes on a project that would have replaced the company's store at 1760 U.S. Route 23.

Arrival of Walmart spurred Stringtown Road retail growth

Business is booming in Grove City’s Stringtown Road shopping center, thanks to the Walmart Supercenter anchor.

Video: Rapid growth of Walmart

Watch the national growth of Walmart

Beginning with the first Walmart store, which opened in Rogers, Arkansas, in 1962, this data map -- created by FlowingData, a data visualization website run by UCLA statistics doctoral student Nathan Yau -- traces the expansion of the discount chain across America.

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