The Way I See It!

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Cudahy, Leadership, Mayor, retail, Wal-Mart

This post was very long and so I am dividing it into two parts.  This is the first and than the math part will be the second.


Take a look at what the Mayor of Waukesha had to say about getting a new Wal-Mart Supercenter:


The Supercenter would bring 350 jobs to the area, about 60% of those full-time with average hourly pay of $10.91 and benefits.


Nelson said the store would bring a stronger retail presence to Waukesha's south side.


That part of the city has been somewhat underserved by retail businesses, Nelson said.


Nelson expects construction to begin in spring.


"All we need to do is have the weather warm up," he said.


The store has a scheduled opening sometime in 2010, Nelson said.


Now Cudahy residents, I know you are on board with Cudahy having a Wal-Mart and it is just a few knuckle brain Cudahy officials standing in the way.


True this Wal-Mart Supercenter would be a little bigger (I think Wal-Mart shot themselves by not proposing a bigger store in Cudahy.  Maybe they will come back with at least as large as the Waukesha store) and would have fifty more jobs, but let us take a closer look.


Related info for this and math portion


Wal-Mart employs more than 2 million associates worldwide, including more than 1.4 million in the United States.  Most associates are full time associates (34 - 40 hours per week), but there are part time jobs available, as well. 
Wal-Mart Careers


Benefits - Wal-Mart benefits including incentive/bonus plan, health insurance, profit sharing, 401(k), education, store discounts and other Wal-Mart employment benefits.  All Wal-Mart associates (full and part time) can become eligible for insurance benefits. 
Wal-Mart Benefits


Let us take a look at whom and what are part-time retail jobs.


Part-Time Retail Jobs


A job in a retail store can be a great way to earn extra cash, get great discounts on your favorite stuff, and meet new people.  Many retail stores look for people to work shifts on weekends and evenings, when business is busiest, which is why feels retail jobs are a perfect job for students and teens looking for a job that fits around their busy schedules.


You can work at a retail store that specializes in particular merchandise, like electronics or clothing, or larger retailers and department stores that carry lots of different products.  The nice thing is that retail shops are in every corner of every neighborhood.  They offer part time work to teens and students on a regular basis.  Larger retailers, like Wal-Mart, Circuit City, and Macy's, hire hundreds, sometimes thousands of hourly workers every year.


Depending on trends in consumer buying, some retailers concentrate most of their hiring around key shopping seasons (see seasonal jobs), but many companies have year-round staffing needs and are always on the look out for fresh faces to greet customers and staff their stores.


Whether you like meeting lots of people, like to help others find the products they're looking for, or are simply looking for some great discounts ;), a retail job can be great way to spend a few hours of your week making some cash.


Okay, but you might say what else did the article say.  The site is a few miles from an existing Wal-Mart store on Highway 164 on the east side of Waukesha.


A spokeswoman for Wal-Mart, the world's largest retailer, could not be reached for comment regarding the fate of the existing store.


What is the fate of that store going to be? 


It will close and unless the city of Waukesha in the developer agreement put in a clause (which the Cudahy would have) that either Wal-Mart / developer has to find a suitable new tenant or Wal-Mart / developer put money aside in a city fund to remove the building there is not much protection for store jumping! 


Cudahy was going to place such a clause in the business developer’s agreement. 


For those that have no idea how a big box brings traffic to the small boutique shops here it is explained for you:


"There's going to be a massive sea change in the retail landscape," said Nina Kampler, executive vice president with Hilco Real Estate, which advises retailers on their property management.


She said many strip shopping centers already have multiple big-box vacancies after several large stores filed for bankruptcy in 2008.  Some eventually went out of business.


When that happens, the smaller stores in the strip centers can't attract the requisite customer traffic to stay productive and profitable.


It's about survivability,"  "Retailers have to really fight to live another day and do what they can to get through to 2010."


Burden said that means closing underperforming stores, shedding stores under bankruptcy restructuring, and even "right-sizing" stores - shrinking the store size or moving to a smaller location.


"We'll see a lot of shaking out of the industry," he said, adding that no sector will be spared.  "Apparel, home furnishings, home improvement, electronics, luxury sellers will all close stores."


Retailers across the board from top-end luxury to mom-and-pop stores on Main Street are feeling a gigantic consumer [spending] choke from people's perceived and actual loss of wealth," said Kampler.


"At the end of the day, people are buying far less stuff.  They are buying what they need as opposed to what they want," she said.


This spending slump, which started in early 2008, has already claimed a number of retail casualties.  Prominent national chains such as Linens 'n Things, Steve & Barry's, KB Toys, Whitehall Jewelers and Shoe Pavilion have gone out of business.


Oh yeah, don’t forget that in most households both parents work and the battle cry of the Wal-Mart haters is that all the people that work at Wal-Mart are single moms with two kids.


So what is the poverty rate in Wisconsin?


Poverty status is a way of determining which people do not have enough income to meet their basic needs, such as food, housing, clothing and transportation.


2008 HHS Poverty Guidelines

Persons in Family or Household 48 Contiguous States

1 Person $10,400

2 Person $14,000

3 Person $17,600

4 Person $21,200


In Cudahy, I guess we just want something better, but have no idea what that is!  We will be cursed as that land is and spend countless days wandering the streets trying to find the answer, while other cities come to grips with common sense and reality!


Please check out all of the salary breakdowns in the next post.

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