November 11, 1991
Even in the best of times, it's tough to say no to a major retail presence. That becomes doubly hard when it's the nation's No. 1 merchant offering hundreds of jobs and millions in tax revenue. Yet Howard County's Planning Board has nixed Wal-Mart's proposal to build 250,000 square feet of shopping space at the intersection of Routes 40 and 29 near Ellicott City. It seems the rezoning needed to make the project happen doesn't meet the legal test -- a noticeable shift in the character of the neighborhood or a mistake in original zoning.
November 17, 1994
They fought it in Chestertown. They fought it in Ellicott City. They fought it in Owings Mills.Those locales won't conjure images of Bunker Hill and Yorktown, but their battles against Wal-Mart are very much part of a revolution. The late Sam Walton, founder of the Arkansas-based chain, was for years noted as the country's wealthiest man. Yet for many Americans, particularly in the populous Northeast, his was an invisible empire.The company made its mark mostly in rural backwaters, where it bled dry the mom-and-pops on Main Street.
April 5, 1992
From: Richard R. ByardEllicott CityThe letter from Edwin Strakna (Howard County Sun, Readers write, "Bring in Wal-Mart," March 22) is a classic example of how people respond when they don't know what the issue is.Strakna indicated he believes Howard County should have a Wal-Mart to keep him from going outside the county to shop. Whether or not Wal-Mart is in Howard County is not the issue; we would welcome Wal-Mart into Howard County if it acted like a responsible business and was willing to locate where it already has been decided such businesses should be located.
May 11, 1993
Feast or famine seems to be the message being sent by Wal-Mart to Howard countians.Not only is the nation's most successful retailer continuing its fight over land on which it wants to build in Howard, it is also eyeing property just over the county line on U.S. 40 in Catonsville. The two locations are six miles apart.More than likely this is a case of the aggressive discounter from Arkansas hedging its bet by creating two options in general proximity to one another. That's simple, good business sense.
February 11, 1994
Wal-Mart's rapid rise from an Arkansas chain into the top national discount retailer is stuff for the annals of merchandising. Not even the death of Sam Walton, Wal-Mart's energetic founder, slowed its expansion to new, more competitive markets.Wal-Mart's magic will be tested again in Glen Burnie, when it takes over the 306,155-square-foot store that the bankrupt hypermarket Leedmark abandoned last year. Leclerc, a French firm that hoped to take America by storm by launching a nationwide chain from Glen Burnie, gave up its costly investment after only three years.
March 22, 1992
From: S. D. BoviEllicott CityIn response to Mr. Bernard Bartos (Howard County Sun, Readers write, "Bring on Wal-Mart," March 15), I say, "Stay away, Wal-Mart!"I am one of "those who are retired and on a limited income," and I feel that my needs to shop in discount warehouse-type stores are more than adequately met in Howard County.We have Caldor, K mart, Burlington Coat Factory and now Ross, which recently opened in Dobbin Center and advertises "brand names and designer fashions at 40-65 percentsavings."