Monday, March 06, 2006

Wal-Mart adding 200-240 jobs

As work continues on the Grand Forks Wal-Mart to turn it into a Wal-Mart SuperCenter by this summer, word on the street is that the store is looking to fill between 200 and 240 new positions. A lot of these jobs will probably be in the grocery department of the store, but all departments should be getting additional employees. Nice to see more jobs coming to town. I know that there are plenty of people out there who have bad feelings about Wal-Mart, but they do provide jobs to a lot of people. A city like Grand Forks needs all types of jobs and it's great to see more employment opportunities out there.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

They may bring jobs but they don't bring benefits, so taxpayers end up with the bill for their employees' healthcare...while they earn record profits! THAT'S not ok.

Anonymous said...

Those employees must not care because they apply for those jobs.

Anonymous said...

It's a false choice to say that without Wal-Mart those jobs wouldn't exist.

drunk said...

Hah, your first blog spam. Awlright!

And a lot of people apply for Wal-Mart jobs not knowing that they'll have no medical care. Many of them are elderly and/or just seeking part-time status anyway.

Costco also provides jobs, and they're doing a much better job. Benefits, 401k, etc. the results are proven - employees stay a lot longer. Turnover is lower, and along with that, the company is profitable. Wal-Mart is the bottom of the barrel.

Anonymous said...

Drunk Dude, I'm on your side :)

The previous blogger implied Wal-Mart jobs are better than no jobs. I meant THAT'S a false choice, because if Wal-Mart didn't occupy that low-cost niche, another more conscientious retailer probably would.

Anonymous said...

If people didn't apply for jobs at low-cost niche, their wouldn't be a low cost niche.

If people didn't apply to work at Wal-Mart in GF it would have to shut down operations.

Any job is better than no job for an economy. You have to try and look at the whole picture. It creates more OPTIONS. There will be at least one higher paying managerial position and that is excellent news one more than before. Those low paying jobs people dont' have to work at they can quit anytime. There is only so many people in GF and the area and when a new business opens they need to fill positions. When an economy has a low unemployment rate the only way to get people to work at your business is to HIKE up your WAGE. If people are leaving KFC to go work at Bostons Pizza...KFC will have to increase their average starting wage to compete. Comprende?

Anonymous said...

Someone doesn't understand the concept of "false choices."

It's like saying, it would be terrible if a tacky casino were built in GF. Well, then don't let a "tacky" casino be built. Make sure it meets certain standards, incorporates certain limitations, etc.

If Wal-Mart wasn't here, there's a distinct possibility that a more conscientious competitor such as Costco, Trader Joe's or another Target would take its place.

Anonymous said...

Someone doesn't understand the concept of "false choices."

It's like saying, it would be terrible if a tacky casino were built in GF. Well, then don't let a "tacky" casino be built. Make sure it meets certain standards, incorporates certain limitations, etc.

If Wal-Mart wasn't here, there's a distinct possibility that a more conscientious competitor such as Costco, Trader Joe's or another Target would take its place.

UND Student said...

I would also like to remind people that when a new store moves in and provides "X number of new jobs" that doesn't mean X number of jobs are permanently added to the local economy. Chain stores have a huge amount of capital to open new locations that sometimes aren't profitable for a couple years.

I have watched my nerighborhood loose ALL of its local video stores over the past decade. When I was a kid (folks, this is only the late 1980s/early 90s) we had many different video stores around west Seattle... we went to Video Vault. There was no Blockbuster, there was no Hollywood Video. In the mid 1990s Hollywood appeared, and around 2000 Blockbuster moved down the hill, a few blocks from Video Vault. We lived across from the VV owners, and my sister worked there at one point in time. This year Video Vault will close its doors, and that means short of a looong drive, my family will for the first time in its life shop at these chain stores. I did not choose this, yet sadly because chain stores can offer better deals because of their purchasing power, the residents of west seattle stopped going to the local stores. So when Hollywood or Blockbsuter "moves in" and "gives 25 jobs" it is actually taking away many other jobs (with more benefits, flexible company because the owners KNOW their employees and treat them like real people), and ALSO taking away small business owners.

I would not be at all opposed to Wal Mart if it didn't harm small business and prevent other companies from moving in. I love cheap products! That's great... but I'd rather buy from Costco. And if Wal*Mart's SamsClub is in Grand Forks... is Costco going to come here? No, no it's not. Not for a long time anyhow.

My sister was in ballet school with their (broughtman's (costco founder? owner?) daughter and that is one very awesome family. The company is set up well and has its roots in a strong & wonderful family... it may be a big company but I feel like it is still a small business gone national.

Anyhow, I guess I am just upset by the fact that I can't even go home and rent a freakin' video. I think I am just going to spend the extra $1.50 on a bus ticket to go rent from a small business. I certainly do not want to give my money to video store chains that put out of business our local stores.

Also, bookstores suffer the same fate by the hands of Barners & Noble and to a lesser extent, Borders.

Maybe Grand Forks is different. Maybe the people who shop at local stores are not the people who shop at Wal*Mart and Target and so on, and maybe Wal Mart etc creating new jobs won't harm other businesses... but I'm known to be woefully optimistic.

JGS said...

Over the past serveral years in Grand Forks, local stores have been dimishing. Local video stores are not found at all anymore in Grand Forks except for one or two, I think. A local video store on North Washington and University Avenue got shut down because Blockbuster planted a new store right next door in the same building. This was back in 2000 or somewhere around that.

Blockbuster and Hollywood dominate the Grand Forks area. Not many local video stores can be found anymore. Im the kind of person that will go to a local store or a chain store, doesn't matter me to really. As long as I can find something I need I go home happy.

Still Anonymous said...

Can someone please list the stores that closed because WalMart came here?

Make sure each of them also provided benefits.

Anyone know if the cashier or janitor at Hugos gets benefits?

How about the cashier or janitor at Kmart?

How about the cashier or janitor at Green Mill?

How about the cashier or janitor at Sanders?

How about the cashier or janitor at Dominos?

How about the cashier or janitor at Italian Moon?

How about the cashier or janitor at Happy Harry's?

How about the cashier or janitor at Menard's?

How about the cashier or janitor at Boston's?

How about the cashier or janitor at Whitey's?

How about the teller or janitor at Community Bank?

How about the waitress or janitor at . . . . . I think you get the message.

A lot of the Mom & Pop places that closed didn't provide benefits either.