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					Minnesota’s Next Wal-Mart                                                    Name_______________________

You are the vice-president of development for Wal-Mart. The CEO has asked you to identify a new city in outstate
Minnesota where the next Wal-Mart will be built. Use the information handout and Minnesota map to complete the
process outline below.

Part 1: Current Wal-Mart Locations
1. The Twin Cities has 20 locations, but the CEO is asking you to find a new location outside of the Minneapolis-St. Paul
region. Examine the location of the outstate Wal-Mart stores. Describe their distribution. What do you notice?



Part 2: Finding a New Location
2. Choose three cities that do not currently have a store that you think might make good candidates for a new location.
List them and explain your method for choosing these cities. Place a star for each on the blank map.



3. Complete the chart below for each of the three candidate cities that you have chosen.

City

City Population
(use MN Map)
County

County Population

County Pop.
Growth
County Pop. Density

County Average
Income
County
Unemployment Rate
County Median Age

Distance to Nearest
Wal-Mart
Distance to Nearest
Interstate Highway
Number of 1000+
cities within 10 miles

Part 3: Finalizing Your Location
4. Examine the data above and choose one of the three cities for you new Wal-Mart. Answer the following question in
essay form on a separate sheet of paper:

Which location did you choose? Explain the basis for your decision using factual data and evidence from your research.
     Minnesota Wal-Mart Locations
: Current Stores    : Possible new locations

				
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