As has historically been the case throughout this nation with retail giant Wal-Mart, the Bentonville, Ark., company is ruffling feathers.
This time around, a phone survey being conducted on the company's behalf is upsetting some Calexico residents. During the survey, which is polling citizens to see if they want to see a local Super Wal-Mart by way of repealing a Calexico City Council-enacted ordinance that would prevent the company from doing so, local grocer Joe Moreno is mentioned by name, with residents asked how they feel about him.
Moreno is the most vocal among a group of independent Calexico grocers that led the charge to get the City Council on Jan. 16 to adopt its "big box" ordinance. The ordinance states that a retail store larger than 150,000 square feet that sells non-taxable items such as food can only devote 7.5 percent of its floor space to non-taxable items, a rule Wal-Mart likely couldn't adhere to with the way it sets up "super" versions of its stores.