"The Talk of Maine" piece on size caps imposed on retail stores instituted by th
"The Talk of Maine" piece on size caps imposed on retail stores instituted by the towns of Damariscotta and Newcastle. The restrictions helped spark a loose coalition in midcoast Maine called Our Town, organized by Eleanor Kinney and Jenny Mayher of Bremen and devoted to preemptively barring so-called big-box stores like Wal-Mart. Studies show that big-box stores damage area businesses, reduce local employment, and often create new burdens on local services. Local businesses return 53 percent of their revenue to the local area, while Wal-Mart returns 14 percent. Only in Maine have all the towns in an entire region banded together to oppose Wal-Mart, and the involvement of the business community was unusual and pivotal.
Wal-Mart Stores Inc, Damariscotta, Newcastle, Economic conditions
Clark, Jeff, ""The Talk of Maine" piece on size caps imposed on retail stores instituted by th" (2006). Maine News Index - Down East Magazine. 3191.