Residents in Central El Paso have successfully beaten back a  proposed Walmart Neighborhood Market in their neighborhood.  So, why is that a bad thing?  It’s a bad thing because they missed out on the chance to bring jobs to the area, more shopping choices, and a well landscaped retail site.

 

el paso times/ Vanessa Monsisvais

I live close to that neighborhood, and routinely drive home on Montana.  Opponents said they didn’t want a store like WalMart in there because it would push out local businesses.  Well, I pass by old El Paso businesses like the Orchid Shop, schools like Loretto, and local, neighborhood friendly porn and liquor shops.

Yup, it seems residents in the Chelsea and Montana area have no problem having an Eros adult bookstore directly across Montana from their homes.  Nor do they mind having that El Paso institution of family values, The Cabaret strip club, bumping and grinding under their noses.  But put another shopping option in the area?  You ask too much, WalMart!  Begone with you!

Never mind that WalMart was going to plant trees and clean up the area with other landscaping.  Never mind that Chico’s Tacos was perfectly ok with WalMart being built on their land.  All opponents could say was, “NO WIRE HANGERS!!”

Oh.  Sorry, that’s not what they said.

What they said was, “NO NEW STORES THAT COULD HELP REVITALIZE THE NEIGHBORHOOD!”

Sorry, WalMart opponents, but you missed a great opportunity.