The discussion surrounding the recent proposed legislation in Maine to ban RVers from overnight parking in commercial parking lots continues on the Internet. The two sides (Campground owners/ARVC & RVers) have had their respective positions stated many times in several places. We wondered, what was Wal-Mart’s position as their name comes up more than anyone else's so we put out a call to their HQ. The first thing that stunned us was that their spokesperson called back in just over 2 hours from when we left our request, a type of responsiveness we are not accustomed to.
In speaking with Kelly Cheeseman from their corporate offices we learned about Wal-Mart's decision making on this subject. The decision is up to local store management and of course if there is any ordinance against his type of parking they follow those laws.
“We value each of our customers and allowing the overnight parking can enhance the one stop shopping convenience for RVers where it is permissible.”
When asked if there had been any issues, Kelly stated that they leave the decision to each store manager who can evaluate policy on a case by case basis. Wal-Mart expects this decentralized decision making process to continue. Kelly stated that
“Our store managers are committed to being the store of their community and evaluate opportunities for the communities in which they operate.”
The same policy applies at Sams Club. Thanks Kelly for getting back with us and sharing how this particular decision is made within Wal-Mart. To read my other articles on this subject click here and here.