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Houston Soon to Have Supermercado de Walmart

By March 23, 2009

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I read this at the Houston Business Journal's site over the weekend and thought it interesting:

"Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is planning to open its first Hispanic-focused supermarket this summer in Houston as the retail giant continues to expand its dominance in the grocery industry...

"These two stores, which are located in Hispanic communities, will open during the first half of the year under the name Supermercado de Walmart.

"Wal-Mart said in a statement that the stores will feature a new layout, signing and product assortment designed to make them relevant to Hispanic customers. The staff will also be bilingual."

Various online rooms are filled with When will we force immigrants to learn English-type statements while others are full of This is a great example of why Houston has become so culturally diverse arguments. Thoughts?

Comments

March 25, 2009 at 10:28 am
(1) rox says:

I heard an interview yesterday about this on the radio, basically the wal-mart guy said that the store would look like a ranch with federales instead of security guards with mustaches and everything the truth is i find this very offensive. It’s cool to have staff that speaks more than one language and introduce more latino products at wal-mart as well as any other ethnicity products diversity is good!, but seriously federales and mustaches in a freaking ranch would make the latino comunity feel at home?

March 25, 2009 at 10:53 am
(2) houston says:

Wait, you’re serious about the ranch/federales stuff? I thought that was a joke. That can’t be true, can it?

Shea

April 8, 2009 at 1:26 am
(3) wm says:

thats dumm and stupid thats not true, i dont know why everybody is making a big deal with this why the people dont say anything about HEB they have the hispanic store to at Pasadena named MI* TIENDA why everybody just make comments about walmart the first company that do this was HEB and nothing that all this people said about the new Supermercado its true u have to work there so you know whats going on the good thing is when that store open all the people that talk sh** about walmart its gonna go there and shop like we the hispanic people said “cae mas pronto un hablador que un cojo” and remember that before u start talking about hispanic and inmigrant people that people are the ones that put ur food on your table cause u never gonna see any black or gringo on the farm or doing hard work all that people are use to live with the goverment money u never saw a hispanic on the freeway asking for money theres no hispanic people on the streets as a homeless its only white or black people and let me tell u something even the US presint Obama speaks spanish so why u cant learn, thats true we live on the us but the people that is bilingual get better pay on any job here than the people that just speak one language

April 29, 2009 at 11:01 am
(4) val says:

Everyone is bothered, because it’s encouraging isolation of a group of people, rather then intergrating people into the mixing bowl we call USA. This country accomplished something amazing in our world. We had a huge geographical area that spoke (primarily) the same langauge. Other countries have multiple languages, and the children in the schools have trouble communicating until they all learn a common language, which is quickly becoming english, in many other countries. I’m not mad at immigrants, or people bringing their culture to mix in with ours. That’s what (USA) America is about. We mix up all these cultures, and make some weird proud mutt country, that has great freedoms. My primary concern is that we are going to take a step backwards on communication and segregation.
I just think we need to encourage people coming into this country to learn English, so we can all understand each other while disagring and debating, for a better country (of mixed cultures).

May 5, 2009 at 5:25 pm
(5) shorty says:

hey yall stop talk mess about mexicans. yall the truth is at yall eat from the mexicans bc ur Country will be nothing with out them ok . is cool at we have are going to have store at is mexican. so Shutup the one who are talk about mexicans

proud to be mexican

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