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Altadena Chamber Meets With Walmart Representatives

Altadena Chamber members presented new information about Walmart's planned store on Lincoln and Figueroa at Tuesday's Altadena Coalition of Neighborhood Associations meeting.

Members of the Altadena Chamber of Commerce met with Walmart representatives Tuesday morning and learned more about the planned Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market location at Lincoln and Figueroa.

Dan Harlow, a Chamber board member, spoke Tuesday night at the Altadena Coalition of Neighborhood Associations meeting and had the following details about Walmart's plans for the store:

  • The store already has all environmental work done, and will not need any further permits to open.
  • Wal-Mart representatives told the Chamber that the reason they had not revealed they were opening a location in Altadena sooner is that the lease was only signed about two weeks ago.
  • About 60 percent of what will be sold at the location will be food items.
  • Wal-Mart is planning to open a job center in Altadena so locals can come to apply to work at the store.
  • They will likely be open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Walmart has committed to spending about $4-$6 million on opening at the store location.
  • The store manager will make the calls on what specific food items to stock.
  • They chose the location because the information they had suggested it was underserved by grocery stores.
  • At this point they will not be applying for a liquor permit.
  • Wal-Mart representatives said some of their workers make minimum wage while some make as much as $16 per hour.  The average store manager makes between $100,000 and $150,000.

Some community members at the meeting also raised the concerns about what the store would mean for traffic at the intersection.  Sussy Nemer, a deputy of County Supervisor Michael Antonovich, confirmed that Walmart would not be required to do a traffic study.  

However, she did say that County's Traffic and Lighting Department could take a look at the lights at the intersection once Walmart is open to see if they need to be adjusted at all.

Former Town Council member Steve Lamb and local business owner Lori Webster also spoke at the meeting and noted that they would be holding a second meeting on forming opposition to Wal-Mart on Friday at 7:30 p.m. at .

Webster, who is also a Chamber member, noted her opposition is personal and not affiliated with the Altadena Chamber.  Harlow said that while Chamber members have expressed concern about what Wal-Mart will mean for the local business community, the Board has not taken any formal position on the store and will not do so before the next meeting of the Board.

Daniel E. Harlow June 27, 2012 at 03:40 PM
A couple other things that were mentioned from our meeting with the Walmart reps is that the site will feature site to store and they plan on having a local job center for people to apply for jobs. Daniel
Dan Abendschein (Editor) June 27, 2012 at 03:55 PM
Thanks Dan. And for anyone who did not see on the other thread, "site to store" basically means you could order a Walmart item online and have it shipped to the Altadena market location.
Anthony Degoede June 27, 2012 at 03:57 PM
Who will be coming out to the Wal Mart opposition meeting at Webster's Fine Stationers in Altadena, Friday at 7:30pm?? Please come out if you are against monopolization of smaller businesses/merchants that will undoubtedly be negatively impacted! Bring signs, protest or voice your opposition. See you there!
Amber Thrailkill June 28, 2012 at 06:13 PM
I love walmart but that part of town?? It will help its just that part of town who knows it will shine & braing that part of our up.Im for it just not there
Lisa Williams June 29, 2012 at 11:33 PM
I am visiting this area and cannot attend the opposition meeting tonight. In my home community there are 3 Walmarts. I do not go to Walmart and I continue to support the small businesses that have been in our community for decades. In my community. maintaining the downtown business stores are top priority. If the small business stores go out of business , Walmart will raise the price of their goods. It is the oldest story in the book.
TStevens July 08, 2012 at 09:43 PM
Hmmm. Amber, I am currious as to what is "that part of town?" Is there something that you could shed some light on?

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