Wal-Mart Releases Statement About New Store Controversy

Posted at 2:29 PM, Apr 26, 2013

WHITEHALL, Mich. — Wal-Mart released a statement Friday following a Whitehall Township Planning Commission meeting where people showed up to voice disapproval of a planned Supercenter.

A Statement from Erica Jones, Senior Manager of Communications, Walmart

 “We think customers always appreciate having more affordable options close to where they live or work. The proposed Whitehall Township store will provide service to our customers throughout northern Muskegon and Oceana counties.  In addition to providing up to 300 direct jobs, this location will also help to support more than 900 supplier jobs in Muskegon, Oceana and Newaygo counties.  Walmart contracts with 27 Michigan suppliers in these three counties alone – more than $28 million in purchases of goods and services from these local businesses, according to supplier figures from Dun & Bradstreet.

Unfortunately, some of the louder voices in this debate don’t represent the majority opinion. The customer voice is clear and demonstrated every time we open a new location as thousands of local residents show their support by shopping our store.  Many residents have told us they plan to shop our store when it opens and look forward to saving lots of money on the products they need for their families.”