Walmart had been trying for seven years to expand their over-shopped store on Peach and Kings Canyon in Fresno. They also had been trying to build another store in Clovis, CA. Because their store was shopped 400% beyond the capacity it was intended for, it was very hard to keep items stocked and the store clean. It was also frustrating for their customers who had to navigate the busy place.
Despite the need for growth, Walmart was hitting a brick wall with the local city council and planning commision. Due to well-organized opposition, the expansion was viewed in a negative light.
Walmart needed someone local to help represent the rest of the population, mainly its shoppers, who wanted to see a Walmart expansion happen. They brought on Carter & Co. Communications to help bring community awareness.
Through grassroots movements, lobbying, and consensus building, Carter & Co. Communications brought Walmart the support of over 10,000 local constituents. These were voters who felt that a Super Walmart would provide more people with access to affordable groceries. They also understood that Walmart’s growth would create over 1,000 new jobs, and appreciated the generous contributions that Walmart brings to non-profits within the communities.
Within 9 months of hiring Carter & Co. Communications, The City Council Voted “Yes” to allow Walmart’s growth. This was due largely to Carter & Co’s ability to gather the support they needed.
Crisis Management / Lobbying / Political Negotiations
Grassroots Organizing / Consensus Building
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