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Studies have shown that small businesses don't fare well once a Walmart opens, and the odds of a small business closing its doors increase with its proximity to the Walmart.
In fact, study after study has found a net NEGATIVE impact on the local economy when a Walmart opens in the community. According to a landmark study by Loyola University, within two years of Walmart's opening its doors in one Chicago location, 82 local stores went out of business. Further, for every new job at Walmart, 1.4 local jobs disappear, with wages overall going down for the rest of the local economy.
When we brought our concerns about Walmart's impact to small businesses up to Mayor Cook and members of the City Council, we heard a lot of nonsense about it being up to the 'free market to decide'. Unfortunately, Walmart doesn't play in a 'free market'.
When we launched Tigard First, we knew that something needed to be done to help mitigate the impact of Walmart on the city's small businesses. One way we chose to do this was to start a boycott campaign, asking for a '1000 family pledge' to refuse to shop at Walmart and to support small businesses instead. 1000 families is an ambitious goal. 1000 families will spend hundreds of thousands of dollars weekly in groceries and other goods.
We're pleased to announce that last week, our boycott campaign is already up to 250 families --- a full year before the store even opens!
If you haven't already, please tell your friends, relatives and neighbors to sign on too. As the petition text explains, "Small Businesses Are The Cornerstone Of Every Community, And Tigard Is No Different. Small Business owners are Our Friends And Our Neighbors. They support our schools, soccer and little league. And while running their Businesses, they buy goods and services from other Locally-owned businesses in the community, further supporting our local economy."
Our petition is linked to the button at the top of this page, or by clicking here. Please help us get to our 1000 family goal. Our community depends on it!