Stop Arvada Wal-Mart


Posted Wed, Sep 18, 2013


Despite neighborhood protest, Wal-Mart will open in the Arvada Plaza next year. (Photo by Jessica Culey)

ARVADA, Colo. — The people of Arvada have been petitioning the opening of a Wal-Mart for months without much success. The city of Arvada decided they wanted to open a Wal-Mart in the Arvada Plaza close to Old Town Arvada, but many residents felt it would destroy that area.  Although the plaza area is worn down and could use some remodeling, the residents enjoy the small businesses, and say they don’t want to see them get shut down by a big Wal-Mart.

The Arvada Plaza is a huge area surrounded by lots of small businesses.  Even though there are some businesses there, the area looks like a big parking lot that needs help.  The people of Arvada agree that this area could use some revamping, but they think they can get something better in that area.  Residents believe Wal-Mart will increase traffic, shut down too many businesses, and be an over all destructive building for their town.

Protesters stood on the sides of the road for months holding “NO WAL-MART” signs and trying to get signatures to stop the building from coming.  There was a city council meeting on July 15, that all of the protesters showed up to, and tried to get their message out.  Hundreds of people sat outside of city hall and ate pizza before going in to speak and cast their votes. Protester named Julia Miller said, “I just don’t want to see my neighborhood suffer with the loud, busy Wal-Mart.  Our neighborhoods will loose that old town feel that we love so much.”


Many Arvada residents feel Wal-Mart will destroy the Old Town Arvada neighborhood. (Photo by Jessica Culey)

Despite resident’s efforts the Wal-Mart passed and will be built within the year.  Businesses around that area like Blockbuster, Ace hardware, Safeway, and some bars have already shut down.  Depending on how it is looked at the Wal-Mart could be good or destructive to the residents of Arvada.

Wal-Mart spokesman Joshua Phair says, “We are excited to bring this project to our Arvada customers. We know there is a desire to revitalize this area, and we believe that the construction of this brand new facility will do just that.  Wal-Mart looks forward to beginning a dialogue with the City and directly with residents in order to build a store that truly reflects the needs of the community.”

Arvada is a booming city and will continue to develop.  Although the citizens tried very hard, there weren’t enough votes and the Wal-Mart will be built.

  • This year everyone in the world will make an average of 1.1 million purchases at a Wal-Mart
  • If Wal-Mart’s more than 8,500 stores were put in one place, they would take up more than 32 square miles-as much as 15,300 football fields
  • Wal-Mart parking lots alone take up roughly the size of Tampa, Fla.

About Jessica Culey

Jessica Culey is a Denver-area freelance writer.

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One Response to “Stop Arvada Wal-Mart”

  1. Kristina Vasquez Says:

    I thought your article was very interesting, I had no idea the people that live where the Wal-Mart is going to built were so against it. I also liked that you put up the crazy facts about Wal-Mart at the end.


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