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White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Opposes Walmart
White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Opposes Walmart

WHITEHALL TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- Walmart is planning a third superstore in Muskegon County. The company announced last week that  it intends to build a new store in Whitehall Township. But today, the White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce has released its official position on the store on its Facebook page and says it is opposed to it.

Here is the just released statement from White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce

WHITE LAKE AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE TAKES A POSITION ON WALMART

The White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce has taken a formal position opposing the opening of a Walmart in the White Lake area according to Amy VanLoon, Executive Director of the Chamber. “After reviewing the impact Walmart has had on similar size community independent retailers, obtaining feedback from our members and community leaders, our Board of Directors met and concluded Walmart will be devastating to the health of the White Lake business community” said VanLoon.

“The White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce is urging Whitehall Township officials to deny Walmart’s site plan and carefully evaluate the effects of short term economic gains from tax revenues and low wage jobs in the Township versus the loss of a significant number of existing retail businesses, lost tax revenue, more empty storefronts and high employment loss throughout the Montague and Whitehall area” according to Ms. VanLoon.

“There are literally 100’s of articles and reports that study the impact on communities when Walmart enters the market and they are overwhelmingly negative” according to Mark Zickel, Chairman of the Board, White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce. “The negative impact on existing retailers is particularly devastating in communities with less than 5,000 residents. Some communities similar in size to ours have seen more than 40% of their existing retailers go out of business in very short order” according to Zickel.

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