Southeast Raleigh is set to get a new Wal-Mart. Many residents there can hardly wait to see the low prices, but in Chatham County, rumors of a new Wal-Mart have already mobilized local opponents. Host Melinda Penkava looks at the good and bad of the retail giant, and its impact on communities. Guests include: Penny Glenn, a resident of Southeast Raleigh; Jeffrey Starkweather, former employment lawyer and chairman of the Chatham Coalition; Glen Wilkins, community affairs manager for the southeast region of Wal-Mart; and Michael Hicks, a professor of economics at the Air Force Institute of Technology. Listener Call-in. (59:00)

This program was produced in cooperation with students in Professor Patrick Conway’s first-year seminar class at UNC-Chapel Hill entitled “The Economics of North Carolina.” For more information on this topic, click here.

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