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Oregon Supreme Court finds in favor of City of Medford and Walmart


Decision allows Walmart to build a store in south Medford

MEDFORD, Ore. – Walmart issued a statement regarding the decision announced by the Oregon Supreme Court this morning.

The decision in the case of Wendy Siporen, Ivend Holen and Medford Citizens for Responsible Development v. City of Medford and Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. allows Walmart to move forward with construction of a new store in south Medford, located at Miles Field on South Pacific Highway.

The statement by Tiffany Moffatt, regional director of media relations stated:

“We thank the Supreme Court for their careful consideration of the appeal and we’re thrilled with their decision to uphold the Medford City Council’s interpretation of the city’s code and approval of the Walmart store.”

“For the past 25 years, the city has interpreted its Land Development Code to require an applicant for Site Plan Review to assess the transportation impacts related to access to the development in relation to the surrounding street system. The city determined that Walmart met that requirement and approved the store seven years ago.”

“All across the country, people want to shop and work at Walmart. We serve more than 140 million customers each week and there are about 1.4 million people who work for our company. This store in Medford means approximately 300 jobs in Jackson County.”

“Great effort has gone into creating an ideal store for Medford shoppers, including re-orienting the store to face Highway 99 and reducing the footprint. Over the years, thousands of local residents have expressed support for the store.”

“We’re excited to move forward with our plans to build a new Walmart in south Medford, so that this new Walmart can put us closer to our customers and allow us to deliver what people want: affordable products and high-quality jobs.”

Walmart opened its first store in Oregon in 1992. Currently there are 31 Walmart stores in the state, employing approximately 10,284 associates. As of November 2010, the average, wage for regular, full-time hourly associates in Oregon was $12.48 per hour (Walmart stores and Neighborhood Markets). In 2010, Walmart purchased more than $442 million worth of goods and services from 504 Oregon businesses.

In 2009, Walmart stores, Sam’s Club locations and the Walmart Foundation gave more than $2.5 million in cash and in-kind donations to local organizations in the communities they serve in the state of Oregon.

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About Walmart
Walmart (NYSE: WMT) serves customers and members more than 200 million times per week at more than 8,400 retail units under 55 different banners in 15 countries. With fiscal year 2010 sales of $405 billion, Walmart employs more than 2 million associates worldwide. A leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity, Walmart ranked first among retailers in Fortune magazine’s 2010 Most Admired Companies survey. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting www.walmartstores.com. Online merchandise sales are available at www.walmart.com and www.samsclub.com.