The nation’s largest retailer is seen as taking business from campground owners. Wal-Mart’s practice of allowing owners of recreational vehicles and trailers to camp overnight in store parking lots has a lot of campground owners throughout the country fuming over this loss of business. Carolyn Strong, co-owner of the Sundermeier R.V. Park and Conference Center in St. Charles is Vice President of the Missouri Association of R.V. Parks & Campgrounds. She points out Wal-Mart stores are not zoned for camping and don’t pay the appropriate taxes and fees. Strong says it’s not just the Wal-Mart stores taking business from campgrounds. She says casinos are increasingly competing, as well, by allowing “players” to camp for free in the parking lots.
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