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Burnsville, Are You Ready for Wal-Mart?

According to recent reports, Burnsville's new Walmart store will open on Oct. 26: Are you put out or pleased?

Work is wrapping up at Burnsville's new Walmart store, and hiring is close at hand.

In , the Burnsville City Council gave the retail giant final approval on the project. According to a recent article in Sun Thisweek—"Walmart to Become Major Employer in Burnsville"—the deep discount store is set to open at at 12200 River Ridge Boulevard on Oct. 26. The mammoth chain plans to ramp up hiring on Aug. 20.

Store Manager Sean Brooks told Sun Thisweek that the Burnsville location will generate 350 to 375 jobs, half of which will be full-time positions. The retail giant will also provide additional seasonal employment during the holidays. According to the newspaper, Walmart will be the No. 8 employer in town once fully staffed—outstripping rivals Target and Costco in terms of headcount.

However, wages at Walmart will range from $8 to $15 an hour—which means entry level workers would make less than half the average weekly wage in Burnsville (based on figures from Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, circa 2011). Assuming a Walmart employee works 40 hours a week, they can expect to earn $320 to $600 per week. On average, Burnsville workers took home $857 per week in 2011. 

Consider also that in Dakota County the average rent for a two-bedroom apartment was about $900 in 2011, which would absorb 37.5 to 70 percent of the Walmart worker's monthly income, depending on where they may fall on the pay scale.

Residents in neighboring communities have met incoming Walmart stores with resistance because of the relatively low pay and downscale reputation. Another prototype stores opening in Lakeville this October prompted a .

"This is absolutely devastating news for Lakeville. Dave Olson should be ashamed of himself for single handedly allowing the worst company in America to enter our community!!!!" one resident wrote on Lakeville Patch when the news broke. "Walmart stores attract criminals, degenerates, traffic and the undesirable crowd that people moved to Lakeville to avoid...Eleven dollars an hour means $22,000 annual wage (and) if you are a full time employee, that is poverty."  

The commentor, named Chris, ended by imploring fellow citizens to "rise up and save Lakeville."

Others were happy to see development and job growth of any kind, regardless of the source.

"That area of Lakeville is sort of a wasteland. We've been to Harry's a few times and the movie theater," wrote a commentor named Andrew. "Need something to drive development in that area."

Nancy August 11, 2012 at 10:50 PM
I am ready to ignore this blight in Burnsville. While 3 Walton's are on the Forbes top 10 richest people in the U.S., they under pay their workers and destroy small businesses wherever they open stores.
mary August 12, 2012 at 12:32 PM
What company doesnt under pay or worse take the company to an over sea country. The world is screwed up, whats new. Walmart doesnt bring in crime, criminals are everywhere, have you not listened or read the news? Theres crime all over I dont recall Walmart to blame for that. Hey its bringing jobs and conveniance, its close. I wont get a job I have been trying for 40 years I dont fit their criteria, apparentl. So if you wanna complain that would be a .good one. Look at gasoline companies they do the same thing, are you gonna stop buying gas? Government they get millions to sit on their fat butts to think of ways to screw us maybe we should be concentrating on putting an end to them making our lives a lot more miserable than a Walmart. So welcome Walmart I will still shop there prices arent out rages, there open 24 hours way more conveniant with my work schedule I have to work 2 full time jobs and Im barely making again not Walmarts fault.
S. White August 15, 2012 at 02:16 PM
Attracting crime and undesirables?! Good grief! If driving to Wall-mart to save $20-$30 off my WEEKLY shopping puts me in that category - sign me up! For the average family that's $1500 a year - a house payment, a summer vacation. I've been very pleased with the products, selection and value I find at Wall-Mart. Further, the Apple Valley store is neater, cleaner, brighter, better stocked and has better service (less waiting time) than my local Cub Food, which I drive right past to get to Wall-Mart. I would go the Wall-Mart for these reasons alone - the savings is frosting on the cake. I'm delighted Wall-Mart wants my business, and I will be happy to give it to them.
Cindy Chance September 01, 2012 at 04:06 AM
I used to shop at Cub Foods when I moved to Minnesota 10 years ago but their prices have gotten so high that I can't afford to shop there anymore! I moved here from the South and am used to shopping at Walmart. I think they are stereotyped here and have an unfair reputation. I shop there because I save money. In this economy I can't afford to pay more to stand on some stupid principle!
sadia September 06, 2012 at 09:35 PM
how much will they pay

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