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Filmmaker Quits Pro-Wal-Mart Advocacy Group

BY CSA STAFF

Bentonville, Ark., Apro-Wal-Mart advocacy group announced Wednesday that filmmaker Ron Galloway, whose self-financed movie praising Wal-Mart helped the retailer counter a critical documentary last year, has quit the group.

Group spokesman Kevin Sheridan said Galloway cited policy differences when he left the national steering committee of Working Families for Wal-Mart.

Galloway and his brother Robert produced a documentary entitled “Why Wal-Mart Works: And Why That Drives Some People Crazy,” which came out on DVD last November simultaneously with the Robert Greenwald critical documentary “Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price.” Although it had no hand in the production of the Galloway film, Wal-Mart touted it as the counterweight to Greenwald’s negative piece.

According to spokesman Sheridan, the departure of Galloway from the group was amicable.

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Target in Store Blitz

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Minneapolis, Target will open 59 new stores nationwide Sunday. After the opening of the new locations, Target will have 1,494 stores in 47 states across the United States.

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Wal-Mart Pulls Plug on Networking Site

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Bentonville, Ark., Wal-Mart Stores has discontinued its teen social-networking initiative “The Hub” after 10 weeks, according to a report by CNNMoney.com. The site featured the chain’s back-to-school clothing and related offerings. Visitors also could build their own personal pages, similar to what is offered on Myspace.com.

Wal-Mart said that the on-line feature was a back-to-school marketing initiative and was intended to end when the back-to-school season was completed.

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