John Shannon, a retired Union meat cutter who lives in Chico, knows the Biblical story of David and Goliath well. As a matter of fact, he lived his own version of it for seven years.
When Shannon heard that Walmart wanted to build a new Super-center north of the city and expand its store in Chico into another Super-center, he decided to “fight the good fight” for his community.
“I read the reports from around the country about what happens to area businesses when Walmart Super-centers come in,” Shannon said. “It takes a few years, but small businesses close, and there are environment issues as well.
“We estimated that if Walmart was successful, it would lead to the closing of two of our seven Union supermarkets, with the loss of some 250 jobs. As a long-time Union man, I couldn’t sit back and do nothing.”
Founded community group
Shannon founded a community group called CARE: Chico Advocates for a Responsible Environment. He single handedly gathered support from Unions, environmental groups and politicians. “We hired an attorney, Brett Jolley, and an executive director, Heather Schlaff,” he said, “and they were terrific. Markets and downtown businesses that would have been hurt by a