Walmart Backs Out Of Pittsfield Project

Nov 15, 2017
Huffington Post Web Staff

Days after a developer submitted a site plan, Walmart says it won’t relocate to the former General Electric site in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. 

A sign outside the William Stanley Business Park in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
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A contentious proposal to build a Walmart Supercenter in Pittsfield, Massachusetts now has a site plan. 

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A contentious proposal to build a Walmart Supercenter in Pittsfield was abruptly tabled at last night’s city council meeting.

A long fight over a proposed big box store in Greenfield, Massachusetts will continue in court. After a jurisdictional dispute, the case was moved recently to Franklin County Superior Court in Greenfield. 

For an update, WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Al Norman, the founder of Sprawl-Busters, and a grassroots activist against large retail developments.

Walmart has denied any involvement with the Greenfield project.

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After more than a decade of discussion and division, Walmart is coming to Ballston in Southern Saratoga County.

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Opponents and supporters of a planned Walmart store in Saratoga County packed into a public hearing Tuesday night.

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Walmart will present its plans for a proposed store that has been at the center of debate for a decade in Saratoga County. The meeting will be closely watched.

2/20/15 Panel

Feb 20, 2015

  The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, SUNY at Albany journalism professor and investigative journalist, Rosemary Armao, and Associate Editor of The Times Union, Mike Spain.

Topics include: Rudy Giuliani's recent comments about President Obama, Winter weather, Walmart Wages, Jeb Bush, the Oscars.


New York's attorney general has settled a false advertising investigation at Wal-Mart, saying some store personnel were citing a nonexistent "sugar tax" on soda.

The attorney general's office says the retailer launched a national sale in June advertising Coca-Cola 12-packs for $3, but consumers at 117 Wal-Mart stores in New York were routinely charged $3.50.

Investigators say some consumers who complained were falsely told the state has a "sugar tax." They say the markup of more than 16 percent violated state laws.

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Walmart has announced that it once again plans to build a new store in the Southern Saratoga County town of Ballston, but the presence of the retailer in the community may still prove controversial.

The nation’s largest retailer announced plans this week to build a new store in Ballston in a commercial development near the corners of Routes 50 and 67.

Walmart says the new store would bring with it 300 jobs, most of them fulltime positions.

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It took twenty years and numerous legal battles, but the newest WalMart has opened in Vermont.

W Mass Jobs With Justice

Inspired by the civil rights era freedom rides a group of  activists have caravanned to Bentonville Arkansas for this Friday’s Walmart shareholders’ meeting.   The activists include so-called “ strikers” –Walmart employees who have left their jobs to make the trip.  The union- backed labor group  OUR Walmart organized the caravans to call attention to what it claims is the retail giant’s history of retaliation against activist workers.     WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief  Paul Tuthill spoke with one of the Walmart  “ strikers”- Aubretia Edick.  She has worked for Walmart for 13 years, fi