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ryno23
06-14-2009, 06:15 PM
i'm getting the chance to bid on a local store. was wondering if anyone had any good or bad experiences with walmart. any help would be appreciated. thanks

DA Quality Lawn & YS
06-14-2009, 06:26 PM
On principle, don't do it. walmart is just a bad experience all the way around.

MOturkey
06-14-2009, 09:44 PM
I have no personal experience, but think that the individual store manager has some, or perhaps all, control over things like mowing contracts. Our local store, I was told, no longer hires a service, but has an employee cut it with a mower out of inventory which they clearance price at the end of the season, and you can pretty well tell this when you drive by. :) I was told the manager won't spend the money for a mowing service.

Also, again not from experience, but what I've been told, that WM is notorious for taking forever to pay bills. I've heard they run 90 days behind, but have no proof of this.

All that said, if you can get a decent price, and don't mind waiting for the first check, then go for it. Very few accounts are problem free.

Grass Happens
06-14-2009, 09:50 PM
As a rule, Wal-Mart negotiates long terms for their contracts. It really doesn't matter if you're the lawn guy or Sony. They do it because they can. You will get your money, but you'll wait. Not to mention the headaches dealing with such a large property with such a large amount of traffic.

ashs inc
06-14-2009, 10:26 PM
the guy i talked to at dentco said they were getting all the walmart and lowes in the usa

Devan
06-14-2009, 10:29 PM
This is true.
Had a friend who serviced their prepaid accounts for phone cards via AT&T.
They pushed AT&T around simply because they could.

There is a reason they are called "The Death Star" of retail.

vincent1
06-14-2009, 10:38 PM
I have 2 sams clubs ( same as wal mart ) they always pay. I have never had any problems for 5 years now

VirginiaLawnCare
06-14-2009, 10:42 PM
the guy i talked to at dentco said they were getting all the walmart and lowes in the usa


I call bs on that one.

4 seasons lawn&land
06-14-2009, 11:49 PM
............+1

Hank3rd
06-14-2009, 11:52 PM
Would it be a property management company that you would deal with or Wally World themselves? I would think that most of the time the property is leased. I also heard sometimes that the largest tenant pays the bill.

mdlwn1
06-14-2009, 11:57 PM
I call bs on that one.

I second this.

EagleLandscape
06-15-2009, 12:03 AM
we do 2 walmarts, not one single problem. PM me who the mgmt company is, i will tell you if you need to stay away from them or not.

rogerclark
06-15-2009, 09:43 AM
I m going on my 3rd year of turf care for the local Walmart ( mowing,fert,bed maintanance). Habe had no issues with the local people. Getting all the paperwork verified and ok'd with corporate was another issue. Been a good customer, wants to be billed after each service, but pays in 20-30 days.....

JKOOPERS
06-15-2009, 11:40 AM
Brickman takes care of some of the wal-marts in my area

kaferhaus
06-15-2009, 12:51 PM
Seems they handle it different ways in different areas... we do 9 walmarts in this area and have been doing them for a number of years. They pay promptly, the managers we deal with are easy to get along with.

the initial setup was a pita but as we do so much commercial work we're used to it.

PS. We do not do the parking lots... they have a contract with a company that specializes in parking lot clean up. Pretty cool equipment they have (always done in the middle of the night) I once looked into that part of the business but the captial investment is outrageous.

ashs inc
06-15-2009, 04:43 PM
thats what dentco told me

VirginiaLawnCare
06-15-2009, 04:46 PM
thats what dentco told me

Yeah some nobody 18 year old. There is no way in hell that's happening.