Walmart v. Trader Joe's: Red state or blue?
Colorado is the purplest of states, with voters almost equally divided between Democrat, Republican and unaffiliated, and Barack Obama and Mitt Romney in a dead heat here. But there's another contest that also shows the red state/blue state pull: The debate over Walmart and Trader Joe's.
For years, metro residents have campaigned to bring a Trader Joe's to the area. And they'll finally get their wish when not one, but two stores open next year in Colorado: one in Boulder, and a second in Denver, at an Eighth and Colorado site that was once supposed to hold an upscale hotel. But as a consolation prize, this Trader Joe's will have the coveted liquor license that only one location of a chain can have in this state. True blue!
Just a block away, though, developers of the long-abandoned University of Colorado Health Center are planning to put a Walmart into their project, which has inspired protests throughout the neighborhood, keeping demonstrators in a state of reddiness.
And tonight in Boulder, Citizens United to Preserve Boulder will rally to protest the possibility of a Walmart or another "big box" retailer opening in Boulder. "Walmart may be using deceptive practices to build a store in Boulder," the group warns in an online flier about the rally -- a claim also posted on the Boulder County Democratic Party's website. The rally (with pizza) will start at 5:15, and the group's members will then go to the open comment period of the Boulder City Council meeting. After that, at 7:15 p.m., the group will screen High Cost of Low Wages at the Boulder Public Library.
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