The Strib’s Katherine Kersten’s column last week, Wal-Mart means low-priced goods and good jobs, generated a rebuttal commentary by senior researcher at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR), Stacy Mitchell, titled Low prices, but at what cost? Mitchell is also the author of Big-Box Swindle: The True Cost of Mega-Retailers and the Fight for America’s Independent Businesses. ILSR also runs the Big Box Took Kit website.
I didn’t vote in favor of the rezoning to allow Target to come to Northfield but now that they’re here, I like having them close by, especially now with much higher gas prices.
I find it curious, though, that many Northfielders seem to have positive feelings about Target, while expressing disdain for Wal-Mart and sometimes Kmart. What’s that about?