Development west of Portage will bring some unfavourable circumstances.

That from Portage Labour Council president Daren Van den Bussche, as a new Wal-Mart is being established and another corporate grocery retailer to be built, amidst word Safeway is closing.

He considers Wal-Mart alone a blow to local business. A recent labour survey suggests one position at Wal-Mart alone, costs the community three jobs.

And while Safeway employees are speculated to cross over to Westfair Foods, Van den Bussche believes compensation will be an issue, coming from unionized wages.