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Walmart sues Ticonderoga to lower assessment

The retail giant Walmart is suing the town of Ticonderoga. The lawsuit in State Supreme Court claims the town's $6.9 million assessment of the Walmart Supercenter there is more than twice what it should be. The move comes months before Walmart will have to pay full taxes after 10 years of payments-in-lieu-of-taxes. Walmart has challenged assessments of its big boxes across the country. Ticonderoga town officials say the property's probably undervalued because the assessment was made when the Supercenter opened in 1998. Town Supervisor Bob Dedrick told David Sommerstein he was very surprised.  Go to full article

Saranac Lake caps size of stores

After months of discussion and debate, the Saranac Lake Village Board has enacted a cap on the size of retail stores and shopping centers in the village. The issue of retail size caps has been on the table since Wal-Mart proposed and later withdrew plans for a 121,000 square foot supercenter in the village. The measure approved by a 3-1 vote Monday night institutes a one-year moratorium on large-scale commercial developments to give the village time to complete an updated comprehensive plan and land use code. The village board also voted last night to enact restrictions on the use of outdoor wood boilers. Chris Knight reports.  Go to full article

Pros and cons persist as Walmart opens in Potsdam

The Potsdam Walmart parking lot was jam-packed. The 188,000 sq. ft. Supercenter just outside Potsdam on the main road to Canton opened its doors yesterday. The grand opening ended a decade-long quest to locate in the community. There was a site change, public hearings with volatile exchanges between Walmart foes and friends. There was a court challenge that lasted more than a year, and a dust-up between the village and the retail giant over extending a sewer line to the store. David Sommerstein hit the streets of downtown Potsdam for reaction yesterday. He spoke with Martha Foley.  Go to full article

Saranac Lake debates retail size cap

More than a year after Wal-Mart withdrew its plan for a SuperCenter, the community of Saranac Lake continues to be divided over the issue of big box stores. Last night the village board held a public hearing over whether to adopt a law that would limit the size of retail developments. Jacob Resneck reports.  Go to full article

Online shopping lessens carbon footprint?

Retail groups say consumers will purchase nearly one-third of their holiday gifts online this year. Using your computer to shop might help you beat high gas prices and pollute less. Chuck Quirmbach reports.  Go to full article

Report: greenwashing alive and well

An environmental marketing firm wants shoppers to be a little more discerning this holiday season. They say a practice known as 'green-washing' is alive and well. That's when companies make false or misleading environmental claims about their products. Mark Brush has more.  Go to full article

Strong Loonie Draws Canadians South

Last week, the Canadian dollar, or "loonie", equaled the U.S. dollar for the first time since 1976. Some analysts say it could climb even higher. The shift has meant booming business for many stores in the North Country. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

WEB ONLY: Why are prices in Canada so high?

Even before the Canadian dollar rallied to be equal with the U.S. dollar, Canadians have come south of the border to shop because products are cheaper. To find out why, David Sommerstein spoke with Douglas Porter, deputy chief economist for the Bank of Montreal.  Go to full article

Potsdam Wants More From Walmart

Trustees of the village of Potsdam voted 4 to 1 yesterday to keep talking to Walmart about extending sewer service to its Supercenter on Route 11. Walmart has offered the village more than $150,000 a year in tax relief. But as David Sommerstein reports, that may not be enough.  Go to full article
A packed meeting on Walmart's offer...
A packed meeting on Walmart's offer...

Residents urge Potsdam to turn down Walmart offer

Village of Potsdam residents gave their elected leaders - and Walmart - an earful last night. Walmart wants to give the village more than $150,000 a year to change its laws and extend its sewer system to a Supercenter under construction outside the village limits. More than 70 people attended a public hearing to weigh in on the proposal. As David Sommerstein reports, most were skeptical and urged trustees to turn down the offer.  Go to full article

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