Anti-Walmart Crusader Lashes Out After Strategy Criticized

Neighborhood activist Grant Stern has reacted angrily to exMiami’s criticism of his plan to prevent Walmart from building in Midtown Miami.

Last week, exMiami wrote that Walmart appeared to be poised for victory in Midtown, based on our assessment of the defective approach that is being employed by the opposition, led by Stern and attorney Paul Savage.

Instead of altering strategy though, Stern seems to have spent much of the past week attacking the messenger. Soon after the critical analysis was published, Stern took to social media (and our comment section) to denounce exMiami. Stern claimed that Walmart’s PR firm planted the article, an erroneous allegation which was picked up by various bloggers (exMiami is the ONLY independent website regularly reporting on Miami real estate, and is not affiliated with any PR firms.)

To clarify, although we are critical of the strategy of Walmart’s opponents, we are neither in favor nor opposed to Walmart in Midtown. There are clearly both positive and negative aspects if Walmart wins the appeal and is permitted to build there. The behavior of the opposition however, has reinforced our view that Walmart is on the path to eventual victory.

 

 

Previously: Walmart Poised To Receive Final Clearance In Midtown Miami

 

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Martin Lopin
7 years ago

For those -like me- who live near the downtown area, having a Walmart close by is crucial. I truly hope they build it in Midtown and as soon as they can. We have a couple of Publix supermarkets close, but Publix is extremely expensive (twice as much as Walmart in most products), therefore it would be a blessing to have a Walmart in our area.

marc
7 years ago

I don’t live in the immediate area but can understand those that do, not wanting Wal-Mart there. Just because there’s already some crappy stores there doesn’t mean they should add more of the same. Especially not the behemoth that is that particular store. The amount of traffic these stores attract along with the hours it does is insane. Lastly how can we even know what else could have been placed on that “pile of nothing” since theyve owned the land for almost a couple years.

Marc305
6 years ago

I live in Brickell and purchase supplies for both of my business (about once every 2 months)from Walmart. It will be great to have one so close by. Glad it will help you too Martin. As far as people making comments who do not live in the immediate area… what do you care? And what crappy stores are you referring to? Are you too good to shop at Target? The traffic is what it is, and since you all do not live in downtown and do not shop at Walmart… again, what do you care?? Live and let live! You don’t see making a fuss about projects in Kendall or Hialeah, you know why? Because I don’t live there!!

joeyjoe
7 years ago

I really can’t understand why these people are so opposed to Walmart here. 1. There is already low cost big box stores already, Target, Marshalls, Ross, ect. Trust me the same customer who shops at Walmart already shops at the Ross in Midtown. 2. Midtown is NOT a high income area! 33127 is one of the poorest zip codes in Miami Dade County. http://www.miamigov.com/Planning/Maps/medhhincbgtemp.pdf. 3. It’s better than nothing. Midtown is cool and all but it is still an incomplete idea. This design for this Walmart is 10x better than the pile of nothing that’s there. I live within 2 miles of the site and I plan to shop there when it is built, hopefully soon.

Anonymous
7 years ago

If Walmart’s profits continue to decrease by ~20% annually they’ll be out of business soon anyways. As FDR said, a business that can only survive by paying their workers less than living wages does not deserve to exist at all.

Marc305
7 years ago

I have made my opinion about Walmart very clear on a number of outlets of social media, and I have been attacked and called a number of things by the opposition. Including that the only reason why I want to shop at Walmart is because I am poor, uneducated, free loading, and without social conscience. As if anyone with a college degree, living in Brickell with 2 successful businesses could ever think of shopping there. I am glad that ExMiami has decided to take a stand and back up what they reported earlier this month.

Joeyjo said it best! There is nothing much to add to his comment. He took all the words out of my mouth. Once again, if Stern and his followers do not want to shop at Walmart, fine, don’t! Just take your hatred somewhere else. This area has benefited from big box stores and will continue to do so. I hope to see Ikea, Brandsmart, Beth Bath and Beyond, and many more come after Walmart. Downtown Miami needs a district within its boundaries that will have all these stores and Midtown is perfect for it. I cannot wait to attend the groundbreaking ceremony which hopefully will happen soon!

realtalk
7 years ago

Grant Stern should spend more time focusing on dropping 100 pounds than attacking websites and Wal-Marts. I love this website. I work in real estate development and absolutely guarantee that all the developers reference this site whether good or bad. Its a game-changer, and much better than the snarky, biased comments of Curbed. Really over that albino-looking guy showing up wasted (or on something else) at events.

Physicians heal thyself.

#realtalk

Marc305
7 years ago

LOL, well said!

Anonymous
7 years ago

Thats the problem. Walmart’s biggest consumers are people on food stamps and the working poor. If they increase their wages, they lose those shoppers. Just a bad, greedy company. Amazon and Alibaba are the future.

Grant Stern
7 years ago

Tim: Our Laws in the City of Miami were violated, so clearly, that Walmart’s lawyers even admitted it in their most recent filing to the court. Our efforts will be vindicated shortly by the court process.

Rick Kendle
6 years ago

As a Miami Beach resident, I’m happy that a Walmart will be nearby, but I’m surprised that it might actually happen.
I was looking through the 2014 lobbyist registrations for Tallahassee, and I noticed that the Corcoran lobbying group represents Miami, the Miami Development Authority, and Walmart. For me, that represents the worst of lobbying and politics. How does a regular citizen go up against Walmart in Miami, when the lobbying company for Walmart is the same as that for the city of Miami and the Miami Development Authority?