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By Donna R. Engle and Donna R. Engle,SUN STAFF | December 3, 1996
Already the hub for a fast-growing four-county area, Mount Airy is about to get another symbol of continued growth -- its own Wal-Mart.The national chain -- with more than 2,800 stores nationwide and sales of $93 billion in 1995 -- has four stores within a 30-minute drive of the town, but company officials say the number of customers is expanding in Mount Airy, a town of 5,000 situated where Carroll, Frederick, Howard and Montgomery counties meet."
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | June 15, 1998
Wal-Mart, the retail giant, is making overtures to open a scaled-down store in Mount Airy, a town where small business is a way of life.Although the deal is far from complete, many of the 5,000 residents of the town, which straddles Carroll and Frederick counties, oppose it. They have have dubbed themselves "Us Against the Wal," a name borrowed from a Pacific Coast town that repelled the giant of retail from its shores."
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By Elaine Tassy and Elaine Tassy,Sun Staff Writer | October 12, 1994
Wal-Mart, the nation's largest retailer, has given up on its plans to build a store at Reisterstown Road and Dolfield Boulevard in Owings Mills.But a spokesman for the company said yesterday that Wal-Mart will look for another location in northwestern Baltimore County.The announcement was good news to opponents of the store, including Joe Little, whose new home is near the site that Wal-Mart had proposed."I think it's absolutely wonderful. . . . We're happy that they finally saw the light," he said yesterday.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | June 19, 1998
The citizens group "Us Against the Wal" was formed in May as soon as news leaked that Wal-Mart was interested in putting a store in Mount Airy.The group's first meeting last night drew about 70 people, who oppose what would be the retail giant's third outlet in Carroll County."
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By Mike Farabaugh and Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF | October 2, 1998
Bomb threats forced the evacuation of about 200 shoppers and employees from Wal-Mart and Giant in Eldersburg yesterday, state police said.Customers and employees were ushered to safety on the stores' parking lots within minutes, although several shoppers briefly protested, wanting to complete transactions.State police were alerted to the first threat by Wal-Mart employees at 12: 50 p.m. Troopers blocked entrances to the parking lot along Routes 26 and 32.At 1: 30 p.m., Giant Food, adjacent to Wal-Mart along Route 32, received a bomb threat.
NEWS
By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | February 8, 1996
Unless a traffic light on Liberty Road is operational, the county will not allow Wal-Mart to open its Eldersburg store Feb. 20, a date the retailer has advertised and promoted heavily.The County Commissioners bowed to pressure from residents and business leaders, who cited safety issues along the congested Liberty Road corridor and insisted the retailer honor its commitment to build a traffic light. The board voted unanimously yesterday to deny the national chain a use and occupancy permit without a working traffic light.
NEWS
By Erik Nelson and Erik Nelson,Staff writer | February 16, 1992
A key obstacle to the construction of a Wal-Mart store in Ellicott City evaporated last week when the department store chain agreed to help pay for road improvements near the proposed site for the store.But Wal-Mart still faces major hurdles.In the past, Wal-Mart has refused to pay for road widening, traffic lights and other improvements that county planners believe are necessary to reduce congestion around the store.Columbia attorney Richard Talkin, representing Wal-Mart at a zoning board hearing Wednesday night, promised that the company would build additional lanes on U.S. Route 40 and share in the cost of a traffic signal, if necessary.
BUSINESS
By Michael Dresser and Michael Dresser,Staff Writer | August 30, 1992
For Kmart Corp., the last decade has been a Blue Light blowout. Now it's fighting back.One of the great retail success stories of the 1960s and 1970s, the Troy, Mich.-based discount store chain plodded through the 1980s as an upstart from Arkansas grabbed the attention of Kmart shoppers and the admiration of the business world.Sam Walton's Wal-Mart Stores, which rang up a mere $2.4 billion in sales in the 1982 fiscal year, swept out of the South and breezed past Kmart in 1990, to seize the title of No. 1 U.S. retailer, with $43.9 billion in sales.
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