Morehead City, North Carolina, April 14 2010.
The Crystal Coast TEA Party planned for April 15, 2010 was unexpectly booted from their planned location, Parkway Shopping Center located on Hwy 70. 4841 Arendell Street, the shopping center where the local KMart is located. It turns out that the owners of the property have an agreement with KMart corporation, located in Chigago, Illinois, that KMart controls the parking lot. When corporate found out that the owners of the plaza had agreed to allow the second annual TEA party event to be held there, the KMart store manager got a not so pleasent phone call, and the owners got a letter threatining legal action if they allowed such an event to be held at "their" parking lot. Due to the unexpected protest of the KMart Corporation the organizer of the event (Bob Cavanaugh, http://www.facebook.com/people/Bob-Cavanaugh/677009427 ) scrambled and the event will be held at the Newport Flea Mall a few miles out of town. The event drew 1500 people to the Kmart parking lot last year and is expected to draw over 2000 this year, and by some accounts it was the busiest the parking lot has been in years. One has to wonder why KMart would go to such extremes to anger a group that advertises for them year round, as all the promotional material lists the location as the "KMart parking lot" in Morehead City. The immediate local reaction was not so kind for KMart, but cooler heads remind us that KMart is owned by Sears Corporation, and Sears was/is a great friend to the National Guard members serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, keeping the jobs for employees and benefits for family while deployed. The details of this story are sure to come out in the following days, and hopefully KMart will be on the side of the TAXED ENOUGH ALREADY crowd.
In a related story, a Deleware KMart has booted a similar event, details pending.
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