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The law in the city of Marietta, Georgia strictly prohibits the sale of alcohol in the vicinity of church buildings but Walmart ignored the law and built a store that sells alcohol near Pine Grove Baptist Church.
Walmart requested that the 63 year old church sign a waiver to allow the retail giant to sell beer and wine and the church turned down their request.
Pine Grove’s pastor Rev. Bobby Wood said,
“It’s like David and Goliath, I guess, but we’re fighting and we’re hoping we’re going to come out victorious over this.”
Walmart appealed the city ordinance citing customer complaints about not being able to buy beer and wine.
On Tuesday, Rev. Wood and Pine Grove Baptist Church went before the county commissioners to plead their case against Walmart and they won. The county commissioners upheld the ban in a 4-1 vote.
The Reverend said,
”There’s a lot of problems caused by alcohol, a lot of traffic accidents. There’s a reason for [ordinances], and I don’t think they ought to be circumvented to please a major corporation like Walmart.”
Its good to see that the city of Marietta, Georgia does not allow corporate giants like Walmart to bully their way into neighborhoods and then cause problems like the Reverend Wood mentioned.
Walmart has received a lot of criticism because when they have built stores in towns, they took customers away from small business owners and caused them to eventually go out of business.