This editorial will appear in Friday’s print edition.
Surprise, Tacoma. It’s a Walmart.
In some communities, news that the giant retailer was coming to town with hundreds of jobs and sales tax revenue might be greeted with cheers. Some communities aren’t pro-union Tacoma – where the reaction so far seems to range from “No” to “Hell, no.”
That attitude might explain why developer Jeffrey Oliphant of JLO Washington Enterprises – who has had a purchase and sale agreement for the 18-acre Tacoma Elks site since February 2010 – kept under wraps his plan to build a 150,000-square-foot Walmart Super Center on the Central Tacoma site. It would be sandwiched between the Allenmore medical complex and an existing shopping center that includes Target, Top Foods, Office Depot and PetSmart. Read more »