Mowing at WalMart

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by ryno23, Jun 14, 2009.

  1. ryno23

    ryno23 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 194

    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
     
  2. DA Quality Lawn & YS

    DA Quality Lawn & YS LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 8,866

    On principle, don't do it. walmart is just a bad experience all the way around.
     
  3. MOturkey

    MOturkey LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,746

    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.
     
  4. Grass Happens

    Grass Happens LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 682

    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.
     
  5. ashs inc

    ashs inc LawnSite Senior Member
    from alabama
    Posts: 598

    the guy i talked to at dentco said they were getting all the walmart and lowes in the usa
     
  6. Devan

    Devan LawnSite Member
    from Atlanta
    Posts: 21

    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.
     
  7. vincent1

    vincent1 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 45

    I have 2 sams clubs ( same as wal mart ) they always pay. I have never had any problems for 5 years now
     
  8. VirginiaLawnCare

    VirginiaLawnCare LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 337


    I call bs on that one.
     
  9. 4 seasons lawn&land

    4 seasons lawn&land LawnSite Gold Member
    from NY
    Posts: 3,593

    ............+1
     
  10. Hank3rd

    Hank3rd LawnSite Member
    from NC
    Posts: 59

    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.
     

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