Jennifer Holder, the retailer's local spokeswoman, hears it often, as do local planning officials.
The rumor? That once Wal-Mart opens its new stores in Arlington and Marysville, it will close its highly successful location on the Tulalip Indian Reservation.
No matter that the store is one of the 10 most successful Wal-Mart locations in the nation, based on sales. Or that it was one of the original anchors for the tribe's Quil Ceda Village retail center along I-5. Or that it is always busy and was expanded into a supercenter just three years ago.