Walmart’s new store faces opposition

The retail giant announces plans to build a second Portland store at Hayden Meadows.

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Walmart announced plans to build a store at Hayden Meadows, its second location in Portland.

However, the retailer faces opposition due to accusations of poor labor treatment, among other issues. Walmart hopes to win favor by promoting the store’s economic benefits to the area.

The site just off Interstate 5, on its face, seems to make sense. But Walmart’s recent history with the Rose City — and dozens of others across the country — suggest it could be in for a fight over wages, health care and trade practices.

The retailer pulled back twice in the past five years on proposed Portland stores amid withering criticism from now-Mayor Sam Adams. “This is a company that has my enmity,” Adams, then a city commissioner, said in 2005. “They treat their employees poorly and the communities they go into with total disdain.”

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