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Old 03-01-2012, 09:49 PM
 
Location: Barrio Logan/Shelltown
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Default Walmart Opening Neighborhood Market in East Village

I read this today. When it opens, it should do well.

San Diego's first Walmart Neighborhood Market will be located on Imperial Avenue just east of downtown, the company announced Thursday.

The 46,000-square-foot grocery store-style outlet will go into the old Farmer's Market building between 21st and 22nd streets. Wal-Mart officials said they will restore the historical character of the vacant structure.

"The size and scale of this new store is reflective of the surrounding area, and our affordable grocery offerings help serve a real need in the neighborhood," said Steven Restivo, senior director of community affairs for Wal-Mart. "As we continue to evaluate opportunities to open stores across the region, we also will continue to be flexible in our approach to local communities."

The facility, which will employ 67 people, will offer fresh produce, meat and dairy products, frozen foods, dry goods and staples, health and beauty aids, stationery and paper goods, pharmacy, deli and bakery items, and pet supplies.

It wasn't immediately known when the store will open.
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Old 03-01-2012, 10:16 PM
 
Location: West Chester, PA
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There are several of these in and around Plano (North Dallas). They are very popular and their prices are very reasonable.
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Old 03-01-2012, 10:38 PM
 
Location: San Diego, CA
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Not. Shopping. There. Ever.

I refuse to give any of my money to a company that tells its employees in orientations how to apply for Medicaid and food stamps. They're socializing the costs and privatizing the gains, and I will not support any organization that does that.
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Old 03-01-2012, 11:12 PM
 
Location: Barrio Logan/Shelltown
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I shop at Walmart all the time. I shop where the prices are lowest, and rarely go into the major grocery chains. I see no reason to pay $3.00 more for same item that I can get for less.
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Old 03-02-2012, 07:47 AM
 
Location: Lemon Grove, CA, 91945
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Although I would probably never shop there, that area has been under served for as long as I have lived here.
I think its a GREAT thing for the folks in that area because just south of this Wal Mart Market is the Northgate Market that will be opening.
I had met some local leaders in that area about 6 months ago and they had been pushing for years to try and get markets that provide fresh fruit and grocery items around there. For them its like a dream to get two so close to one another.

I looked at the numbers and It was a real shame that they needed to take at least a 30 min bus ride to get groceries at the nearest supermarket.

So regardless of political ideology, or principle, there are tons of people in that area that will gladly shop at either store. I am just wondering if the Wal Mart will try to compete in the Latin foods section with Northgate.
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Old 03-02-2012, 11:20 AM
 
Location: San Diego
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Many complain that the areas are underserved, then when there is a solution they complain about who it is. What's next, they want everything free? You can't force people to open a store in the hood. Do we rely on the Govt even more for something like this?
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Old 03-02-2012, 11:27 AM
 
Location: San Diego, CA
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Do we rely on the Govt even more for something like this?
We are. Seeing how Wal-Mart teaches its employees during their orientation how to apply for food stamps and Medicaid, we're paying for the costs of their employees, and they're pocketing the profits.

They're playing us for chumps. I will not support a company like that.
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Old 03-02-2012, 11:35 AM
 
Location: Lemon Grove, CA, 91945
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Many complain that the areas are underserved, then when there is a solution they complain about who it is. What's next, they want everything free? You can't force people to open a store in the hood. Do we rely on the Govt even more for something like this?

I agree totally. But who is really complaining? I know I have not heard a complaint in this specific area. At least from some of the people that I have spoken to in that area, there is a clear distinction between having 0 access to something. That is what I was talking about and that is what I mean by under served. Not some progressive liberal slant that everyone needs Wal Marts because they are cheap.

I dont think its any surprise to me at least that once Northgate jumped on board, that a larger company with far more reach would get in. That is simple economics and capitalism at play. I highly doubt Wal Mart would have jumped in there if Northgate didnt or another brand. I think its great that Wal Mart is moving in there to give people choices. I definitely dont agree with what I have heard in regards to their business practices, but then again I dont think the people shopping there will be thinking based on principle like tonyinsd. Wal Mart never appealed that type of shopper and never will.

If this area gentrifies in 30 years, I highly doubt a gentrified area will be all about Wal Mart, hence it closing up shop because its target market doesnt exist. If anything a Whole Foods would show up or Trader Joes.
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Old 03-02-2012, 11:39 AM
 
Location: San Diego
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We are. Seeing how Wal-Mart teaches its employees during their orientation how to apply for food stamps and Medicaid, we're paying for the costs of their employees, and they're pocketing the profits.

They're playing us for chumps. I will not support a company like that.
So the people do without?? It doesn't effect me but if I did in fact live there I'd be wanting a Walmart pretty badly.

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I agree totally. But who is really complaining? I know I have not heard a complaint in this specific area. At least from some of the people that I have spoken to in that area, there is a clear distinction between having 0 access to something. That is what I was talking about and that is what I mean by under served. Not some progressive liberal slant that everyone needs Wal Marts because they are cheap.

I dont think its any surprise to me at least that once Northgate jumped on board, that a larger company with far more reach would get in. That is simple economics and capitalism at play. I highly doubt Wal Mart would have jumped in there if Northgate didnt or another brand.

If this area gentrifies in 30 years, I highly doubt a gentrified area will be all about Wal Mart, hence it closing up shop because its target market doesnt exist. If anything a Whole Foods would show up or Trader Joes.
See above. A solution has been offered.

And yes, if the areas clean up other shops move in. Then the poor leave creating yet another poor area somewhere else. It appears to me that Walmart is one of only a few players willing to take the risk of opening in these poorer areas yet many still look negatively at Walmart.

These areas need help now, not years from now.

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Old 03-02-2012, 12:05 PM
 
Location: South Park, San Diego
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A utilized, functioning and maintained building is always better than an empty, under-maintained and usually vandalized one.

Not a fan of Walmart by any means but this is a good thing for the neighborhood- I walk around there all the time and the neighborhood has a vitality just bubbling under the surface that these new developments will only bring out more.
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