Northwest Voices | Letters to the Editor
Walmart opening store in Bellevue
Talk to our supporters
It’s unfortunate that The Seattle Times bought into the “controversy” storyline put forth by outside special interests and declined to speak with a long list of local Walmart supporters or include several relevant facts about our company [“Walmart’s Bellevue move rouses local opposition,” June 24].
For the Bellevue story, the reporter was presented with opportunities to speak with local supporters numerous times, and she repeatedly declined.
In addition to favoring many comments from outsiders over those who actually live in the community, the writer also chose to omit several pertinent facts that were made available to her, among them:
Last year, we promoted more than 161,000 people;
More than 300,000 U.S. associates have been with us for more than 10 years;
We have more than one million people on our health plans;
Coverage is available for just $15 per pay period;
We offer a 401(k) Plan with a match up to 6 percent.
Should the reporter decide to revisit the reality of the store’s impact once it’s open, we’re confident she’ll see a more vibrant shopping center, dozens of local associates who are proud of where they work and thousands of Bellevue residents who vote for the store everyday with their feet. The same can be said for existing stores like Tumwater, Lakewood, Marysville or Sequim where many choose to save on the products they need for their families.
For those who choose to shop with us, you’ll see what the rest of Bellevue has known all along: there was never any “controversy” at all.
— Steven Restivo, senior director of community affairs, Walmart Stores, Inc., Toms River, N.J.