Wal-Mart Stores Inc.

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2014

    Dollar Tree Buying Family Tree for 8.5 Billion Dollars

    For years, I've wondered how dollar stores could survive this deep discount tactic never realizing how many there were. On Monday, it became clear just how profitable these stores can be when Dollar Tree agreed to buy Family Dollar for the cost of 8.5 million items in its stores...not including tax. ... More >>

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    March 25, 2014

    The Walmart Toe Sucker: A Musical Search for Answers

    I know I'm not a cynic because the strange-but-true news stories involving our species still sometimes shock me. Even after all these years, I rarely ho-hum something like this. Or this. Or, especially this. So when I read the tale of Michael A. Brown I naturally had questions. You may know him be ... More >>

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    September 11, 2013

    Texas Loves the Walton Family (Not that One From TV)

    Texas and Arkansas used to have a quite a (football) rivalry. Now, it appears that the two get along famously, at least if you're connected to Bentonville, Arkansas, home of Walmart, Inc. As I noted in a previous post, Walmart had a remarkable run in front of the Texas Supreme Court where it could n ... More >>

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    July 15, 2013

    Growing Pains: Heights Residents Concerned About Second Proposed Apartment Complex

    For several years, complaints raged around the development of a Walmart near the corner of Yale and I-10. Certainly there was some degree of "Walmart sucks and we don't want it in our neighborhood" frustration, but chief among the legitimate concerns was what would happen to traffic at that intersec ... More >>

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    February 22, 2013

    Want Love? Live in Texas? Then I'll See You at Walmart

    Walmart has anything you could need. Ninety-eight-inch televisions. Formica bookshelves. Palettes of alcohols. Piles of strollers. All for under $50, and all available just down the interstate. The Waltons have perfected the pursuit of capitalism, 102.7 billion times over. They've timed their sales ... More >>

  • News

    December 27, 2012

    Texas Crimes of the Year, 2012

    As it turns out, Texans indulged in all seven of the deadly sins.

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    October 29, 2012

    Heights Walmart Opened Over the Weekend; Redefines "Local"

    Jeff Randall, the store manager for the new Walmart that just opened on Yale Street over the weekend, is incredibly eager and affable as he leads me around the giant Supercenter that covers 150,000 square feet of retail space -- and roughly triple that in a parking lot outside that the Walmart share ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2012

    Who Grills the Best Steak? Killen and Caswell Duke it Out in the Walmart Choice Steak Challenge

    What better way to spend a sunny spring afternoon than to participate in a pop-up celebrity chef challenge at your local Walmart parking lot, where the main ingredient is steak? Last Tuesday, shoppers at the Walmart Supercenter # 1409 (10750 Westview Drive) had a lucky surprise when they pulled in ... More >>

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    March 29, 2012
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    October 31, 2011

    The Oh-So-Charming (Alleged) Sexual Slurs At A Bonham Car Dealer

    Manager obsessed with oral sex, suit says​A veteran salesperson at a Bonham car dealer has sued to company, saying a supervisor there regularly used sexually abusive language in dealing with her. The plaintiff worked for the dealership for almost 10 years; the last five of those, she says in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 29, 2011

    Eight Businesses We Expect Will Be Getting Custom Texas License Plates Soon

    ​We recently wrote about a new crop of Texas license plates with a variety of themes, most of them sports related. One of the designs, however, was for the Texas Roadhouse restaurant chain that isn't even based in the Lone Star State. We certainly understand the passion of a sports fan, but ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2011

    Our List of Weird Criminal Names, Part Three: The Recent Alvin Walmart Vigilante Case Was Full of Them

    Not this Lawless, but also a fighter.​News of the Walmart Wahoo Vigilante rang out far and wide over the Houston area the other day, but in case you missed it, here's the story in a nutshell: Three brothers walked out of an Alvin Walmart with three cases of beer they allegedly neglected to pay ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2011

    The Heights-Montrose-Museum District Council Seat: A Checklist for Potential Candidates

    Must love Jon Stewart.​The proposed new map of city council districts includes one carved out of the Heights, Montrose and the Museum District, uniting the richest, hippest, proud to be Inner Looper bunch of white people possible. If you're planning to run for the seat, here are some things y ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2011

    Cowboy Diaries: Casey Colletti -- Bareback Riding Does Not Squeeze Horses' Balls

    Mandy OaklanderCasey Colletti, bareback​​True cowboys and cowgirls are hard to find, but not at the Houston Rodeo. Life on the road leads them here this time every year for the biggest rodeo in the world, where they'll ride and wrangle livestock for cash and glory. Each day, Hair Balls will ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 24, 2010

    Walmart Wants to Be Friends on Facebook

    ​Although Texas has weathered the economic downturn better than most states, that's small consolation to those residents still unable to feed their families. According to research published by the Food Research and Action Center earlier this year, Texas has the 13th-highest rate of food hardsh ... More >>

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    November 22, 2010

    Five Reasons Not to Shop on Black Friday

    Ho Ho Ho! Merry Shopping Free-For-All!​Every year around this time in the United States, we celebrate a day so important, so American that it brings people together like no other day can. Around 3 a.m. this Friday, bleary-eyed shopaholics will power into retail outlets all over the country in ... More >>

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    November 4, 2010
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    October 25, 2010

    Heights-Area Walmart: Self-Created Traffic Jams To Prove A Point

    Heights residents plan to stage a protest to show how bad traffic will be with a new Walmart. ​There hasn't been much noise lately about the Heights Walmart, except those embarrassing e-mails from city officials, but one group opposed to the development still has hopes that the project can be der ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2010

    Heights-Area Walmart: City Thought South Park Episode Would Help

    Let the City Council record reflect......​Channel 13 and the Houston Chronicle have exposed e-mails from city staffers regarding the proposed Walmart near the Heights (a/k/a The Walmart In The Area To Which No One Can Agree On A Name).The e-mails are fairly typical intra-office political stuff, bu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 29, 2010

    Walmart's Greatest Hits... Or Maybe Not (NSFW)

    ​Growing up in Pearland, Craig's Hlist didn't know anything was inherently wrong with Walmart. We didn't see it as trashy. How could a place where we got baseball cards and metal magazines every Saturday be trashy? But when we got older and heard the tales of Walmart's wrongful business prac ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2010

    Liveblogging the Walmart Vote

    The City Council is set to vote this morning on a proposed 380 agreement with developer Michael Ainbinder, who plans to build a Walmart near the Heights. The vote could technically be delayed another week, but Mayor Parker said yesterday if a council member tries to do that, she'd overrule the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2010

    Heights-Area Walmart Gets its Public Hearing

    The mayor says the Walmart vote can't be delayed any longer; City Council must decide tomorrow. ​The public had its last chance today to talk to the mayor and city council members about a proposed "380 agreement" between the city and developer Michael Ainbinder, who plans to build a Walmart near t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2010

    Heights-Area Walmart Poised For Vote Today: Let's Look At Three Recent Stop-Walmart! Fights

    The City Council could vote today to bring a Heights Walmart one step closer. ​This morning, the Houston City Council is set to vote on a proposed "380 agreement" with developer Michael Ainbinder that would help him build a Walmart-anchored retail center near the Heights. The agreement, posted on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2010

    Joan Ogunleye, 41, Bayou Body Count No. 219

    Death in a Walmart parking lot​A woman was found shot to death in her car in a Walmart parking lot on the southwest side of town around midnight this morning, police say.No robbery was involved, and HPD told KTRK it did not appear to be "a random crime."The body of the victim, whose name has not b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2010

    Heights-Area Walmart Not Needed, Opponents' Study Proves Conclusively

    When an Austin company says the Heights doesn't need a Walmart, television news reporters listen. ​Unlike the first Heights-area Walmart meeting, area residents showed up for a second go-round armed with some real ammunition. Apparently, a local neighborhood nonprofit called Responsible Urban Dev ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2010

    Would Walmart Bring Low Grocery Prices to the Heights? Not Really

    This could be your grandfather.​To say that people aren't thrilled with a Walmart moving into the Heights is an understatement. Last week's town hall meeting did little to resolve feelings on either side of the issue, with River Oaks resident Michael Ainbinder -- the developer behind the plan ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2010

    Heights-Area Walmart: Meeting Is Loud, Resolves Little

    These happy people shown in a rendering of the planned Heights Walmart certainly weren't at last night's meeting. ​It didn't take long for the boos and jeers to start once developer Michael Ainbinder took the stage at last night's meeting about a planned Walmart development near the Heights. It al ... More >>

  • News

    July 29, 2010

    Basketball Diaries

    Readers respond to "Trash Talk"

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    July 28, 2010

    Heights Walmart: City Council Gets An Earful

    No Walmart, no peace​Members of the "Stop Heights Walmart" group came out in force to the City Hall meeting Tuesday to let officials get a glimpse of a small part of the opposition that has grown to more than 4,000 members in the past few weeks.Meanwhile, Houston officials told Hair Balls they are ... More >>

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    July 21, 2010

    Heights Walmart: Lots Of Questions, Few Answers At Meeting

    Walmart: concerns about crime, infrastructure and transparency​Even though it's not yet been signed and delivered, Heights residents are already trying to figure out how to deal with the possibility that a big-box monster might be moving in next door.Residents spoke at the Greater Heights Super Ne ... More >>

  • News

    July 15, 2010

    Man vs. Megastore

    Readers respond to "Walmart vs. the Heights."

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    July 15, 2010

    Battle in the Heights

    Walmart brings out the passion.

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    July 7, 2010

    Walmart Vs. The Heights: About What You'd Expect (Plus Annise Parker Weighs In)

    Trouble in Quirkytown​The Heights may soon be dealing with an unwanted resident, and they're going to have to put up a strong fight to keep them out. The possibility that Houston's seventh Super Walmart could land in the historic area has residents squirming, and a strong reaction for and against ... More >>

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    March 30, 2010

    Going Gluten-Free At Walmart

    ​At the risk of reigniting the gluten-free debate once again, I mentioned in yesterday's post on gluten-free pancakes that I'd found a trove of cheap GF products at -- of all places -- Walmart. I don't know why I was completely surprised by this discovery, but I was. It makes sense when you t ... More >>

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    March 19, 2010

    How To Get A Rush In The Piney Woods Without Using Meth

    ​You know what's boring? Babysitting two kids while schlepping around your own two kids, that's what's boring.A gal with joie de vivre needs a little excitement at such times. What to do? Duh -- You leave the kids in the pick-up truck (engine running, of course), head into the Walmart and do a lit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2010

    Monday Mix Bag: A Mic Pass In Atlanta, New Felony Video And Some Wal-Mart Confessions

    Back in the day when we were teenagers in the hood, there was this guy with a really great personality who would come to our door once a month with brand new store merchandise. We're talking about anything from bicycles to VCRs (we said it was back in the day) to woman's costume jewelry. They were ... More >>

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    November 26, 2009

    When Black Friday Comes, I'll Stand Down By The Door: Tips On Surviving

    ​If the excessive Black Friday advertising has you overwhelmed, don't fret, we're here to help.  We've been scrutinizing the quadrillion press releases and ads that have been bombarding us in e-mails, on TV, in last Sunday's paper and in any other existing media form you can think of to come ... More >>

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    June 12, 2009

    This Week In Deliciousness

    Katharine Shilcutt ate all this chicken and did not save any for you.Welcome back to the weekly Eating Our Words round-up, where the food is well-prepared, plentiful and, more often than not, weird as all hell. To start with, Robb Walsh introduced us to the concept of a Wal-Mart supermercado, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2008

    Don't Work -- It's Cyber Monday!

    Thought the holiday uber-shopping craze was limited to Black Friday? Welcome to Cyber Monday.Admittedly, the day was first a gimmick by (they coined the term back in 2005), but over the years, more and more stores have jumped on board and as many as 82% of online retailers are offering spec ... More >>

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    September 11, 2008

    This Just In: Let There Be Rock in December

    Something awesome to distract you from Ike for a second. AC/DC's management has just announced the dates for the Australian hard-rock institution's Black Ice world tour - named after its brand-new album, available exclusively at Walmart - skidding into Toyota Center December 14. Can I get a hell yea ... More >>

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    August 24, 2007

    Morris the Cat, Back in Action

    Recognizing “star quality” when they saw it, Nine Lives rescued Morris the Cat in 1968 and put him in their commercials. That was almost 40 years ago. And would you believe it? The orange tabby is visiting Houston this weekend. Nine Lives, indeed. The celebrity cat is using his name for a good ... More >>

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    May 16, 2007

    Cheap Criminals

    My fool-proof plan failed. I figured if (there's my downfall right there), if I had credit so bad no one in their right mind would give me a new credit card and if, (another flaw), I kept no more than $37 in my bank account, surely no one would bother to steal my identity. I was wrong. Last weekend ... More >>

  • Film

    May 18, 2006

    Shell Game

    Over the Hedge wants you to feel bad about what it's selling, which is everything

  • Culture

    May 12, 2005

    Brave New Art

    Artists take on corporations and the government in "Thought Crimes"

  • News

    August 5, 2004

    Case Closed

    Wal-Mart finds the ultimate bargain: beating a family's $20 million verdict

  • News

    October 30, 2003

    Behind the Happy Face

    Labor pains flare in a worker's fight with Wal-Mart

  • Music

    September 18, 2003

    Drastic Unilateral Action

    Universal hopes to JumpSTART flagging CD sales with aggressive price cuts. Who benefits the most?

  • News

    August 15, 2002

    At What Price?

    Plus: So-So What, Right with Wong, Love Lessons

  • News

    July 25, 2002

    Pay Snubs

    Wal-Mart's biggest bargain? It may be squeezing free overtime out of workers.

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