Just when you thought things couldn’t get worse for Brooklyn Center, Walmart decides to throw in the towel. Champaine Woodruff, a loyal customer, faces the harsh reality of yet another store abandoning her community. What’s next for her and her mother? And what does this say about the retail landscape in this predominantly Black neighborhood? Join us as we explore the consequences of Walmart’s grand exit.
Ah, the sweet smell of capitalism at work. Walmart, the retail behemoth, has decided to cut its losses and close its doors in Brooklyn Center on April 21. A sign at the front door of the store (located at 1200 Shingle Creek Crossing) offers no explanation. Perhaps it’s not surprising, considering other retail giants like Aldi and Walgreens have also deserted North Minneapolis.
The Brooklyn Center Walmart opened in 2012, but it seems their grand plans didn’t pan out quite as expected. According to a Walmart spokesperson, the store hasn’t performed “as well as we hoped.” Well, better luck next time, I guess?
Champaine Woodruff, a 31-year-old daily Walmart shopper, was understandably devastated by the news. She and her mother will now have to find a new place to shop, and their options are dwindling. We all know how fun it is to adjust to change, especially when it’s totally out of your control.
But fear not, Brooklyn Center residents! Walmart Media Relations Manager, Robert Arrieta, assures us that the company is “grateful to the customers who have given us the privilege of serving them.” They’ll just have to find solace in other Walmart locations or on walmart.com. Meanwhile, the Brooklyn Center property will sit there, waiting to be “re-evaluated for use at a later date.”
As for the employees of this ill-fated Walmart? They’ll be eligible for transfer to other locations. Thank goodness they won’t have to suffer too much from the whims of corporate America.
So, here’s to you, Brooklyn Center. May you weather the storm of retail desertion and find new ways to keep your community thriving. Cheers!
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