Yesterday in Nashville, Glen Gabardi, vice president and regional manager of Walmart, announced that Tennessee is one of the first states where Walmart is increasing their dependence on local produce.
Is this a “step in the right direction” for Walmart? It supports our local economy and reduces Walmart’s environmental footprint, so it’s certainly not hurting things. But if we have to be honest, we’re not big fans of Walmart here at Nashvillest. It’s a hassle to get to, an unpleasant shopping experience, and there’s been reports of some shady stuff going on behind the scenes (if you buy into that sort of thing). But over the past few years, Walmart has been trying to reinvent their image. They offer a host of environmentally-friendly products, they’re pushing CFLs like nobody’s business, and they even offer their own Sam’s Choice brand of fair trade coffee. Tennessee may also house the one of the new prototype Walmart stores, re-branded with their new logo. Maybe they just like us better than the rest of the states.
There are two camps when it comes to Walmart – Those who shop there, and those who don’t. We’re not here to criticize either one, but we do want to know if Walmart’s new peace offerings are working. Has anyone switched from one camp to the other? Will you be shopping at Walmart for your local produce?
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