I’m admitting something that may cause some of my friends to hate and shun me. Others will try to change my mind, citing all the politically correct reasons why Walmart is evil incarnate. I know I’ve crossed a line where some of you can’t and won’t follow. But, in my little community – the southeastern-most section of Brooklyn Center – Walmart has become one of the places I frequent.
To be honest, the first time I wheeled into the new Walmart in Brooklyn Center this September, I wanted to hate it. Because it occupied the site of my former beloved Brookdale Mall. The working class version of Southdale, it of the famed animal-themed parking signs.
But, as I slowly explored the massive aisles and sections of the new Walmart superstore, it felt like I’d returned to my childhood. It brought to mind pleasant memories of the old Woolworth’s store at Brookdale and the Zayre Shopper’s City on Osseo Road (preceding Brooklyn Blvd.) and 63rd – places my sisters worked during high school.