By Isiah Carey on April 30, 2009 in HISD SCHOOLS CLOSE SWINE FLU LATEST INFORMATION HOUSTON TEXAS HISD
I was kind of surprised when Walmart opened a store here in Houston that caters specifically to one ethnic group. I was shocked more people weren’t up in arms or demanding their own specialized Walmart. On Wednesday the retail giant opened a store that’s designed for those in the Hispanic community. Is this a good or dangerous trend the Arkansas based company is undertaking? The Insite would like hear what you think about Mercado!
More about the Walmart venture: With an estimated 14 percent of its U.S. shoppers being Latino, Wal-Mart in recent years has been tailoring stores, such as its I-30 and Cockrell Hill location in Dallas, to meet the needs of Hispanic families. It has added specialty bakery items, expanded varieties of chile peppers, printed store signs and advertising circulars in Spanish and last year stocked baby Abuelita dolls for Three Kings Day celebrations.
It was probably a publicity nightmare if you ask me. Just as the swine flu scare was really gaining momentum in Houston on Monday a national public relations firm sent out a press release. That release indicated a local food pantry/bank was handing hundreds of pounds of pork meat to those in need. Now that the swine flu is a big concern as well as pork consumption, I’m sure the p-r firm would likely re-think their big Houston pork giveaway. Do you think it was poor time or does it matter?