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Judge Larry Long rules against the SON neighborhood in favor of the Southside Walmart

I guess the ruling came down late Friday. They of course are going to appeal (and have several grounds to do so). The original basis of their case was that the Planning Department (Mike Cooper) re-zoned the property internally after the vote, which ‘should be’ a no-no (realistically it needed to go back through the Planning Commission and City Council).

Hopefully we will hear more about the ruling in the coming days.

Flagpole Annexation? Literally.

So the wise guys developing land at 85th and Audie decided they would put up a flag this is probably in violation of sign code (for it’s size). Apparently now developers are acting like Christopher Columbus to get what they want. Good Grief.



Is Walmart a Public Nuisance? An Indiana city thinks so.

While our Mayor, City Attorney’s office and Planning department seem to bend the rules for Walmart to move into a well established middle-class neighborhood in Sioux Falls, other city administrations are realizing how much of a pain in the ass they are to the community (not counting the millions each year they bilk from Federal taxpayers for welfare and Medicade benefits to their underpaid employees).

BEECH GROVE, Ind. — A mayor in Indiana reached his wit’s end last week after another publicized scuffle at a local Wal-Mart.

According to the Indianapolis Star, Beech Grove, Ind., mayor Dennis Buckley declared the business a public nuisance after a string of incidents, the latest of which involved a shoplifting suspect wave his gun at store employees before shooting himself in the head. The suspect, 42-year-old Gillace Monroe Samples, died over the weekend from his wounds.

As a “public nuisance,” the Wal-Mart can now be assessed a fine whenever police are called there, the Star reports. The mayor said it was a necessary resolution.

“We’re better than that, our community is better than that and I don’t want to get a phone call every day saying that somebody pulled a gun at Wal-Mart and has done something out of line,” Buckley said.

As one of my friends said to me when they used to be on SNAP, “You should go to Walmart at Midnight when they re-load the cards, it’s 10x worse then black Friday.”


Southside Walmart continues construction . . .

Even though they are in the middle of zoning litigation. They must think they are too big to stop.


There is no drainage issues . . .

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While the dirt movers are f’ing around on the proposed Southside Walmart, which is in the middle of litigation, this photo after about 1.25″ of rain is discouraging. Maybe the construction trailers should be on pontoons?

Sound Familiar Sioux Falls?

Funny how WM’s charitable giving goes up when they need public support. I remember all the charitable donation stories in the local media before the last election:

The Walmart Foundation’s contributions in some cities rose steadily as Walmart tried to curry local support and gain access in those markets, according to the complaint. The foundation donated just over $200,000 to organizations in Los Angeles in 2008 and 2009, the complaint said, but raised that amount to $1.4 million in 2011, just as plans to open a store were getting underway. In 2013, the year that store opened, donations dropped to about $230,000.

“I think if this is truly charitable donations, they would be giving this every year,” said Matt Ryan, the executive director of the nonprofit advocacy group Alliance for a Greater New York, which signed the complaint. “I would characterize it as part of a smoke-and-mirrors campaign that Walmart would run when they’re trying to move into a city.”

I often said instead all the charitable giving or spending almost $20 a vote in a direct marketing campaign, they should have just sent every registered voter a $50 gift card.

Kind of hard to break ground when you have lawsuits pending

UPDATE: Here is the Ballot Language: (DOC: 52013-Ballot-SAMPLE-back)

Funny, Walmart is under the impression they are going to break ground on their new Southside store even though a very multi-faceted lawsuit has been filed against them;

The group “Save Our Neighborhood” which sued the city back in 2013 for violating zoning laws, filed a lawsuit Monday against the city.

The groups’ attorney says the city is breaking the law.

Joel Arends explains, “In the April 2014 election we were promised a conditional use permit for the property out there at 85th and Minnesota. Unfortunately the city Has broken it’s promise and they’ve broken the law by refusing to want to offer a conditional use permit”.

While that is ‘part’ of the suit, there are plenty of other ‘goodies’ in the lawsuit I’m told. Once those details come out, it is going to be a little difficult for WM to start moving dirt in the next couple of weeks, if ever.

Walmart plans remodel of Eastside store

Yet no word on when they will break ground on Southside store . . .

UPDATE: Breaking; Did Walmart pull their Southside building permit?

I just got word from someone close to the project/SON neighborhood that WM may have pulled their building permit due to a National review of sales and restructuring of the company.

If it is true, I want to congratulate the SON neighborhood for winning their fight!!

UPDATE 1: Just got word that this is still a rumor and city hall is not confirming or denying at this point. It may be a ‘game’ WM is playing to circumvent some zoning changes.

UPDATE 2: Now Walmart is claiming things are ‘On Hold‘.

SON may just win afterall, by default

This story is interesting. Could mean a lot of things. WM could build a SuperCenter still in South Sioux Falls, they could also build a neighborhood store, or nothing at all. Maybe WM is realizing that 3 stores are just enough in Sioux Falls. If I was the city of Harrisburg, I would be jumping all over WM to build a neighborhood store there;

Wal-Mart’s shift away from its supercenters toward small stores and online also underscores how it must respond aggressively to a new era of shopping: Consumers are increasingly moving to mobile devices, while at the same time they’re seeking the convenience of small stores.

It may be why WM is backing off on getting a building permit. The irony of all this is that SON may have prevented WM from making a big financial mistake by building a 4th store. Will they get a thank you? Ha.