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March 25, 1994 | By Louis Hau, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
During her lunch break yesterday, Isabel Arana left her sales counter in the ladies apparel department of the Bradlees store here and hurried across the Liberty Square shopping center - to Wal-Mart. She wasn't being disloyal. Arana and several of her colleagues, joined by about 45 other members of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union, went over to tell potential Wal-Mart shoppers to go to Bradlees instead. Members of the union have been exercised ever since the nonunion retail giant with a reputation for undercutting prices and wages opened at Liberty Square in January.
NEWS
March 9, 1995 | By Jennifer Van Doren, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
After two years of wrangling with the township, private citizens, unions and other business owners, Wal-Mart is set to come to Warminster. Well, almost set. A lawsuit against Wal-Mart by the owners of Center Point Place shopping center is still pending over the proposed 117,000-square-foot store at the corner of Street and Jacksonville Roads. However, Wal-Mart attorney Jordan Warshaw said he didn't think the suit would stop the development. Chris Chandor, the attorney for the owners of Center Point, said the reason behind the suit is that the township gave Wal-Mart zoning variances that Center Point had been denied.
NEWS
January 21, 1993 | By Cindy Anders, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Wal-Mart, America's largest retailer, has set its sights on the Kennett Square area. The discount giant has signed an agreement of sale with Peter Alonzo Jr. for about 16 acres in East Marlborough Township, on Route 1 northeast of Kennett Square. But a Wal-Mart spokesman said there was no information on the agreement and he could not comment on company plans for the property. There are 1,853 Wal-Mart stores and 256 Sam's Clubs - a discount buying club owned by Wal-Mart - in 45 states and Puerto Rico.
NEWS
January 9, 1994 | By Louis Hau, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Last week's opening of a Wal-Mart department store at the Liberty Square shopping center on Route 541 has aroused concerns among members of a union that represents employees at other area stores. While union officials said they would not try to unionize the nonunion Wal- Mart, they voiced concern that the discount giant might drive other stores out of business. The officials said they planned to launch a campaign to persuade people not to abandon existing stores. "This is not a union issue," said Susan Michielli, an organizer with United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1360 in Berlin.
NEWS
March 9, 1995 | By Jennifer Van Doren, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
After two years of wrangling with the township, private citizens, unions and other business owners, Wal-Mart is set to come to Warminster. Well, almost set. A lawsuit against Wal-Mart by the owners of Center Point Place shopping center is still pending over the proposed 117,000-square-foot store at the corner of Street and Jacksonville Roads. However, Wal-Mart attorney Jordan Warshaw said he didn't think the suit would stop the development. Chris Chandor, the attorney for the owners of Center Point, said the reason behind the suit is that the township gave Wal-Mart zoning variances that Center Point had been denied.
NEWS
September 13, 1995 | By Clea Benson, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
PennDot has conditionally approved a controversial plan for safety improvements on Route 1 near the proposed site of a Wal-Mart store. After two years of arguing over whether a left-turn lane should be built on the stretch of road in front of the Longwood Inn and the proposed Wal-Mart, supervisors last month approved a plan that was drawn up in 1988, before Wal- Mart entered the picture. The plan would allow two jug-handle turns and a widened median strip that could be removed to form a left-turn lane if one is approved in the future.
NEWS
October 22, 1995 | By Matt White, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
The three Republicans seeking re-election to the Township Council are in their mid-40s - or older. Their Democratic challengers are all in their 30s. Age is the most obvious of the issues defining the race, but not the most contentious by a long shot. Republicans hold a 4-3 majority on the council. The loss of a single seat would flip control to the Democrats. In a booming if controversial period of development in the Deptford Mall retail complex, stakes are as high as in any area election.
NEWS
October 17, 2006
Prospect of superstore rouses Berlin Borough An amazing thing is happening in sleepy Berlin Borough. Our residents are becoming passionate about government. What did it take? Perhaps it was the arrogance of a developer - after all, he simply wants to obtain an approval for a building of more than 200,000 square feet for a Wal-Mart superstore at Cross Keys Road and New Freedom Road, with virtually no community input or concessions. Developers normally do what is the best for the community, right?
NEWS
June 28, 2013
THE PAULA DEEN empire has crumbled like corn bread. First, the Food Network dropped the "Queen of Southern Cuisine" amid revelations that she'd used racially insensitive language. Then, Smithfield Foods, which sold hams with her name and image, cut Deen loose. That was followed by Caesars Entertainment, which has not one, but four Paula Deen Buffet restaurants. Finally, the biggie happened: Wal-Mart, the world's largest retailer, cut ties. "We will not place new orders beyond those already committed," said Dave Tovar , a Wal-Mart spokesman.
NEWS
June 6, 2005
IAGREE WITH your editorial on Wal-Mart and how it treats its employees. Wal-Mart, while employing many, is a detriment to the small-business owner. It is a symbol of our dwindling culture, and its TV ads that tout Americana and down-home values are nauseatingly contrived. But "Sprawl-Mart" and other companies should not be forced to offer the health benefits cited in your editorial. The market should regulate Wal-Mart's bad policies: employees should find other jobs at places that pay better and offer better benefits, then Wal-Mart will be forced to pay more and offer better benefits in order to compete.
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NEWS
May 29, 2015 | By Howard Gensler
T RACY MORGAN has settled his lawsuit against Walmart over a highway crash that killed comedian James "Jimmy Mack" McNair and left Morgan and two friends seriously injured. A filing in federal court in Newark yesterday refers to a confidential settlement reached by the two sides. Walmart called it an "amicable settlement. " Details weren't disclosed. A Walmart truck slammed into the back of a limo van carrying Morgan and the others back from a show in Delaware last June.
BUSINESS
March 25, 2015 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Wal-Mart has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a December decision by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to approve a $151 million class-action award to employees in the state for unpaid wages and damages. In 2006, a Philadelphia Common Pleas Court jury awarded Michelle Braun, a former employee, and nearly 188,000 other employees damages after some complained that the retail giant did not pay them when they worked off the clock or while they were supposed to be on breaks. In its March 13 petition to the Supreme Court, Wal-Mart said the trial jury and Pennsylvania court decisions were wrong because the company had been subjected to "trial by formula," with a few plaintiffs' allegations applied to the whole group.
BUSINESS
December 17, 2014 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Workers at Walmart and Sam's Club stores in Pennsylvania who worked off the clock and when they were supposed to be on break, or who were forced to skip their breaks, will receive $151 million in unpaid wages and damages, Pennsylvania's Supreme Court ruled Monday, upholding lower- and appellate-court decisions. The case affects nearly 187,000 people employed by Wal-Mart Stores Inc. from March 1998 through April 2006. "This demonstrates that [this] type of shortchanging of workers at a mammoth employer should not be tolerated and that the justice system should provide some form of relief for low-wage workers, particularly through class actions," said Michael D. Donovan of Donovan Axler L.L.C., in Philadelphia, the workers' lawyer.
BUSINESS
October 21, 2014 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
As more shoppers stay home and buy by phone, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has killed plans to keep opening new U.S. stores at the rate of more than one a day, and is instead building high-tech warehouses that ship straight to consumers, including one with help from a Pennsylvania tax break. Wal-Mart boss Carl Douglas McMillon , who took over management of the largest U.S. retail chain (and Pennsylvania's biggest private employer) earlier this year, told investors last week he will cut $850 million from his new-stores budget in 2015 - and spend $350 million more on "e-commerce" facilities, including a second giant warehouse in Bethlehem.
NEWS
June 13, 2014 | By Howard Gensler
WHAT'S a long commute to work? A half hour? An hour? Any period of time on I-95 or the Schuylkill Expressway? NTSB accident investigators are looking into what role the commute of Kevin Roper - the driver charged in the accident that injured comedian Tracy Morgan - played in the fatal crash on the New Jersey Turnpike. Wal-Mart driver Roper, who pleaded not guilty to death by auto and assault by auto charges yesterday, lived in Georgia. His job was based in Delaware.
BUSINESS
December 25, 2013 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Federal Reserve and the U.S. Treasury saved the banks, corporations are pocketing record profits, rich investors are getting richer. But most Americans aren't sharing that wealth. Average hourly earnings, adjusted for inflation, are stuck at 1970s levels, the U.S. Labor Department reported. Retail and home sales are still slow. How will we grow our way out of this slump? More states are pushing for an alternative method to boost wages: brute force. Which is to say, higher minimum wages.
BUSINESS
October 31, 2013 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Malana Hayes, 27, has worked in retail for at least a decade, she said, including a stint at an upscale boutique at the King of Prussia mall, where she was assistant manager. On Tuesday, Wal-Mart promoted her - from a temp working in the men's department to a full-time associate in the deli of the South Philadelphia store. "It's a blessing," said Hayes, of Darby Borough, a mother of three. Wal-Mart executives have been fanning out across the country, calling in reporters and TV crews to witness promotions of store staff.
NEWS
September 27, 2013 | By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
Four years ago, Jacqueline Horne lost her job as a business agent for a union and became a regular shopper at the Dollar General store in Pennsauken. On a recent visit, the 46-year-old mother of two, who now works part time at a Wal-Mart store, bought cleanser for 50 cents, candy for $1, press-on nails for $1 (she said she can't afford to get her nails done), and spices for $2.25, the most expensive item in her cart. "Actually, it turns out to be cheaper," Horne said of items at the Dollar General at 3400 Haddonfield Rd., on the border of Pennsauken and Cherry Hill.
NEWS
June 28, 2013
THE PAULA DEEN empire has crumbled like corn bread. First, the Food Network dropped the "Queen of Southern Cuisine" amid revelations that she'd used racially insensitive language. Then, Smithfield Foods, which sold hams with her name and image, cut Deen loose. That was followed by Caesars Entertainment, which has not one, but four Paula Deen Buffet restaurants. Finally, the biggie happened: Wal-Mart, the world's largest retailer, cut ties. "We will not place new orders beyond those already committed," said Dave Tovar , a Wal-Mart spokesman.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 27, 2013 | By Anne D'Innocenzio, Associated Press
NEW YORK - Paula Deen lost another chunk of her empire on Wednesday. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. announced it had ended its relationship with the Southern celebrity cook, part of the continuing fallout in the wake of revelations that she used racial slurs in the past. The world's largest retailer, based in Bentonville, Ark., has been carrying a variety of products from grocery items to health and wellness products under Deen's moniker since 2011. "We will not place new orders beyond those already committed," said Dave Tovar, a Wal-Mart spokesman.
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