Monday, January 18, 2010

NBC 4 Covers Costco in Wheaton

NBC 4 has reported on the Costco subsidy. They picked four issues to spotlight: the number of jobs that may be created, the low wages those jobs pay, the objections raised by small business owners and the inherent contradiction in subsidizing a big box retailer in a Central Business District planned for smart growth. So far, the coverage and links on the issue have spotlighted one aspect of the story over others: the complaints of Marchone's owner Filippo Leo, who has said, "If Costco comes here, we will not survive."

Interestingly, neither the Post nor the Gazette have reported on the story yet and it is four days old. While local papers other than the Examiner have been silent, the story has made its way across the U.S. and even as far as India.