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Altadena Walmart: More than 1,100 Apply for 65 Jobs

The Walmart Neighborhood Market slated to open in early spring is hiring for about 65 positions.

The Walmart Neighborhood Market opening in Altadena this year has faced mixed vocal response from local residents and businesses but has also elicited a large response from job seekers. 

More than 1,100 people have applied so far for the 65 positions the new store is offering, Walmart shared in a release Wednesday.

People have applied online and in-person at the . The center is still accepting applications for the store under construction at the corner of Figueroa Street and Lincoln Avenue.

“We’ve been impressed with the quantity and quality of applicants so far,” said Jennifer Gonzales, store manager for the Altadena Walmart Neighborhood Market, in the statement. “Many of the folks we’ve talked to are local and have a background in retail and grocery.”

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William Korn January 31, 2013 at 05:50 AM
No one's forcing you to shop at Walmart, Karen. It would be more eco-friendly for you to go to over to the stores on Rosemead/Foothill than in Central/West Altadena anyhow (if you live in Eaton Canyon). I don't like Walmart's business model, and I don't like how they treat their workers, either. But I know people who've worked there and liked having the job, and I know people who can't afford to turn away from it. Some of us are fortunate enough to have the means to shop or not shop or to work where we please, for whatever reasons we choose. Others aren't. If you are one of the fortunate ones, you have every right to not shop at Walmart. But you don't have the right to make that decision for others, as the No Walmart folks are trying (and will fail) to do.
trekman857 January 31, 2013 at 06:09 AM
Most retailers, including mom and pop type stores, don't come close to Walmart's wages and benefits, yet Walmart is bashed and the other retailer who are actually worse get a pass. It's a sad situation, when thousands of Altadenans are looking for work (not a handout), yet there are people trying to stop businesses like Walmat from setting up in Altadena. This uber hate of Walmart and hyper fixation on Walmart's faults does not seem reasonable to me.
Mike Roberts January 31, 2013 at 06:27 AM
Totally concur! Shop or don't shop wherever you want. Some don't like Walmart's tactics, philosophies, treatment of workers. Why must the way you feel be imposed onto others? We get it, you don't like it. So don't go there. Where were these groups when all the liquor stores and other businesses we don't want wanted to come and are already, in town? Maybe these groups wanted them in town?
Darlene BionicElbow Burton January 31, 2013 at 07:11 AM
No one is griping about the thousands of jobs lost to foreign countries, manufacturing, call centers, etc. 1000 people needs businesses to come into this community. I know a few people who enjoy working for WalMart. They hire individuals with Special Needs and Elders. Shop where you chose, it's your choice.
not Carl Peterson lll January 31, 2013 at 07:15 AM
Wow! William, What happened to us? I am talking bad about free trade, and you are talking about the free market. LOL Mike, the funny thing about the liqour stores. Pasadena has closed, curtailed hours, and banned certain cheap, high octane booze, of some stores along Orange Grove, west of Los Robles. Maybe others, I don't know. The result? Drive by the 7-11 on Orange grove and Lake, or other places at 1:00 A.M. You can't get in the parking lot. .....Not that I ever have, had, would ever, ....hiccup..brrrrrpp...that....ca-blop.. zzzzzzzzzz.....zzzzzzz..
William Korn January 31, 2013 at 08:09 AM
Nothing happened, Buzz, unless you're addicted to stereotypes.
Bernard Kane January 31, 2013 at 05:13 PM
Thanks for the post. I too am certain the 99 cent stores do not pay well. The difference is scale. Wal-Mart is the largest retailer in the world. The instant they decide to enter a field - say, jewelry or groceries or banking - they instantly become the largest grocer or banker or jeweler. Combine that power with their well-known and well-deserved reputation for frugality, and they by themselves can drive down the wages in a community, especially after they drive out the competing stores. I will not shop here.
Joel Mosher January 31, 2013 at 06:32 PM
If I can save money on groceries by shopping at Walmart, I can afford to go out to eat more often. I bet the restaurants like that. I don't hear anyone complaining about the Super King near the new Walmart. I bet they don't pay as well as Ralph's or Von's. I've been shopping at Super King to save money. Maybe I can save more money at Walmart.
AJ January 31, 2013 at 09:54 PM
Your statement expresses my sentiments exactly. However, I'm opposed to another larger scale Walmart in Altadena (at the crater on Lake). I'm opposed to a possible super Walmart development at that location because it would be brand new construction and I think new long term construction should more closeley reflect the overall direction the community wants. Re-use of an existing building for an approved use is fine, but our community should have more say in new development.
robert February 01, 2013 at 11:58 AM
I want to see a strip club open in Altadena, but others are not allowing it and making the decision for me. If one does open, you have every right to not go inside.
Lori Paul February 02, 2013 at 02:32 AM
As was mentioned, WalMart's massive scale is the difference and the problem. WalMart is not an independent store, it is an autocratic worldwide retail Juggernaut that ruthlessly quashes other businesses (including suppliers) and keeps wages and benefits so low workers must apply for food stamps and other assistance to survive. WalMart provides job security alright... for China. The small number of local jobs (65) is dwarfed by economy of scale and all the cheap Chinese products that could be as well made, economically and fairly, here by U.S. companies and workers. Start somewhere to reverse this trend by boycotting WalMart. There are many other places where one can buy and save money. Like others, I will not shop at WalMart. We should not reward the sleazy way an unscrupulous landowner and WalMart moved into Altadena, with no public input or way for this community to stop it. WalMart is all about corporate greed. They knew dang well that Pasadena would NEVER allow a WalMart in their city, so unincoporated Altadena became the easy target where Pasadenans can shop at WalMart without any of the downside for Pasadena. The same landowner owns the vacant lot on Lake S. of Ralphs, so be vigilant or we'll end up with a bigger WalMart over there.
Brandon February 02, 2013 at 09:54 PM
I like that a small scale Walmart is coming into town. Walmart is obviously doing something right if they continue to do well in a depression. What exactly is so demanding about working at a super market that requires this high wage that I keep hearing about? I have never read anything about their stores not having enough employees, so people are out there who will take a low paying job. Is that the best situation? No. But we can't all be first place, with trophies, and be rich. If someone is so concerned about the jobs, what business is that person running that can pay well and still survive? Or go start a super market paying everyone $30/hr plus amazing benefits and see how long you can stay in business for. I am talking as small business owner.
Ivan G February 02, 2013 at 11:19 PM
I agree. Freedom of choice is central to our society.
Ivan G February 02, 2013 at 11:23 PM
I don't believe that most small retailers pay any better than Walmart, and they generally provide even fewer benefits and little opportunity. You are welcome not to shop at Walmart. Don't deprive people of limited means of the ability to do so.
Ivan G February 02, 2013 at 11:33 PM
So don't shop there!
robert February 02, 2013 at 11:40 PM
I want to see the 710 extension get completed so I don't have to drive through South Pasadena surface streets, but others are not allowing it and making the decision for me. If it does open, you have every right to not drive on it.
William Korn February 03, 2013 at 01:38 AM
And I, Robert, would love to get a vacation from fatuous comments based on false equivalencies. But the first amendment gives me no right to demand you stop making them. I will choose to pay them the attention they deserve. By the way, what's stopping you from opening a strip club in Altadena? If you can get the permits... Will you be hiring locals to staff it?
William Korn February 03, 2013 at 02:00 AM
I would love to ask a few questions of the Neighbors for Building a Better Altadena and Save Altadena, if any are following this thread. Could you please tell me how many times you as organizations or individuals within the organizations went hunting down other businesses and asking them to come to Lincoln Avenue site -- BEFORE Walmart was already a fait accompli? How many of you wrote gigawords about the sad vision of empty/rotting business properties that have been empty for years, with consequent loss of opportunity for hiring locals -- BEFORE Walmart was already a fait accompli? I might feel a lot better about the positions these organizations take, not to mention their hyperbolic rhetoric (see Lori Paul, above) if they had showed the slightest interest in Building a Better Altadena, or Saving it before Walmart blew in to town.
Ivan G February 03, 2013 at 02:17 AM
Ditto. I recall something about a petition to get a Trader Joe's to open there, and perhaps Fresh and Easy or a Sprouts. But that would be wishful thinking. There are three TJ's in Pasadena and one in La Canada, three miles away. Tesco is trying to sell Fresh and Easy, so it hardly wants more money-losing stores. And Sprouts seems wrong for the neighborhood.
Ivan G February 03, 2013 at 02:20 AM
Indeed, I think of NBBA as "No Better Businesses in Altadena" and SA as "Stagnate, Altadena."
Darlene BionicElbow Burton February 03, 2013 at 02:59 AM
Thanks for that point. Blighted buildings, no access to reasonable staples. The NW Pasadena and parts of Altadena have been suffering way too long. What's interesting is that talk about Walmart & China. Check the Target labels BEFORE you lay that at WalMart's door. For that matter, its challenge to find made in the USA.
Darlene BionicElbow Burton February 03, 2013 at 03:02 AM
Well stated, people turn a blind eye to our foreign trade policies, as long as it didn't come from WalMart.
Brandon February 03, 2013 at 03:29 AM
Darlene: I also think a lot of people get confused with made in America as most of the time a product is shipped in parts from China and assembled in America just so that company can sound good. Not to mention Hybrid cars relying on rare earth metals from China. This Walmart is bad and every other corporation is okay really confuses me. How much do the workers at that newly remodeled McDonalds on Lincoln make? How come there were no protesters for that big corporation making a nice and new fast food restaurant?
William Korn February 03, 2013 at 04:18 AM
Don't stop at Target, Darlene. Many of the stores on the No-Walmart-Crowd's wish list for the Lincoln Avenue site are not "local" or "independent", and certainly carry lots of goods not made in the U.S.. Trader Joes, Starbuck's, Whole Paycheck Foods, etc. If memory serves, none of those stores are unionized, either.
robert February 03, 2013 at 03:55 PM
There is no entitlement in a free market. Just as Walmart has every right to open shop anywhere, local folks have every right to try and stop what they don't want in their neighborhood by every available means within the law. If you don't like that effort, you have every right to assist Walmart. Nobody is making any decision for you. Fight for what you think is right.
Laprincessa February 04, 2013 at 07:30 AM
Roughly 80% of Walmart workers are on government assistance. AND they train their employees how to GET the assistance -- this costs our taxpayers millions each year. http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/10/10/1141724/-Walmart-fuels-inequality-epidemic-taking-advantage-of-our-safety-net
cris cruz February 04, 2013 at 05:53 PM
Walmart might be bad for neighbors but for the rest is a easy way to get to with the high prize gas, n driving all the way to duarte or montclaire this is a short cut and a bundle.
Mike Roberts February 04, 2013 at 08:15 PM
How do you figure a larger walmart will go on Lake? You mean bigger by 2,000sqft? The puzzle is knowing what the community wants. One one side you have groups who don't want it cuz they philosophically disagree with the biz model but don't do anything to recruit other retail to the area. So, we have what we have. Stalemate. Tired of hearing the whining about why certain groups don't like Walmart. Is that enough to keep it out of town? Philosophical distaste from some in town? Where were ya'll when check cashing, liquor stores & nails salons were popping up? Now they're grandfathered in.
Ivan G February 05, 2013 at 04:47 AM
Daily Kos is hardly a neutral source, and you misstate what the article says. ("As many as 80 percent of workers in Wal-Mart stores use food stamps.") The article provides no substantiation for what it says. From what I have read, employees of other companies also receive government assistance. This is not surprising, because retailing jobs in general do not pay well, and many of the jobs are part-time. Walmart is simply the largest retailer. And, as a good progressive, princess, don't you think that people should take advantage of the government benefits available to them? Would the taxpayers be better off if these people were not employed at all?
Ivan G February 05, 2013 at 04:49 AM
Saving money is not a concern for those opposed to Walmart.

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