YAEL T. ABOUHALKAH

Despite protests, Wal-Marts keep coming

Updated: 2013-04-27T23:05:38Z

By YAEL T. ABOUHALKAH

The Kansas City Star

Plans to open new Wal-Mart stores remain controversial in the Kansas City area.

But they keep coming because city officials often want the tax revenues they bring.

Despite protests from many residents, Lee’s Summit politicians recently approved construction of a Wal-Mart Supercenter.

In Raytown, a planning committee meets next week to consider allowing a Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market in the middle of downtown. Many residents are fighting that plan, but some city officials want activity to occur in a long-empty green space there.

Finally, Waldo area residents are vowing to stop a Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market from being built on the site of the old Bingham school.

As I have written before, Wal-Mart often gets its way by simply wearing opponents down.

To reach Yael T. Abouhalkah, call 816-234-4887 or send email to abouhalkah@kcstar.com. He blogs at voices.kansascity.com. Follow him at Twitter.com/YaelTAbouhalkah.

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