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Walmart Neighborhood Market ‘Hiring Altadena’ Event Next Weekend

Locals can meet Walmart store managers, learn about the application process and get tips on interviewing.

The Walmart Neighborhood Market planning to open at Figueroa and Lincoln in Altadena has caused some division and pushback in the community, to say the least.

While some businesses and residents worry it will hinder small, local businesses, others have said the store will draw more people to Altadena and local businesses and make it more attractive for other businesses to move in as well.

Recently, Neighbors for Building a Better Altadena spent Black Friday posting signs in support of Walmart workers at Figueroa and Lincoln and supporting Walmart workers at a large Paramount Walmart store demonstration.

Ultimately, the new Altadena market will need employees so they are holding a “Hiring Altadena” event at Metropolitan Baptist Church next Saturday, Dec. 8, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Attendees at the event can:

  • Meet Walmart Store Managers
  • Learn about the Application Process
  • Get Tips on Interviewing

Attendees can RSVP for the event at: HIRINGALTADENA.EVENTBRITE.COM

Are you or anyone you know interested in working at the Altadena Walmart Neighborhood Market? Why or why not?

SKP123 November 30, 2012 at 06:17 PM
It's also less hours so that you dont get any benefits. They'll work 20 hours a week if they are lucky... do the math.
Steve Gerow November 30, 2012 at 09:21 PM
In today's toxic national and California business climate, Altadena is lucky to have a store going in there that's going to hire anybody at all. California's unemployment rate is probably around 12% and runs a couple of points higher than the national average.
Steve Gerow November 30, 2012 at 09:22 PM
Getting a full-time job with benefits is only going to happen at the management level.
Laprincessa November 30, 2012 at 10:26 PM
http://www.fastcompany.com/47593/wal-mart-you-dont-know
Daniel E. Harlow December 01, 2012 at 01:23 AM
From Walmart's Information Associates in California: 72,602 Average wage: $12.89* *For regular, full-time hourly associates in Walmart Discount Stores, Supercenters and Neighborhood Markets, as of October 31, 2012
Ivan G December 01, 2012 at 04:39 AM
The usual anti-Walmart propaganda. Even if it is true, remember that the result is lower prices for consumers. Since you're a princess, you may not care, but it makes a difference to those of us who are not royalty.
Ivan G December 01, 2012 at 04:41 AM
You mean continuing to have a run-down building in a depressed neighborhood isn't better than enduring the presence of the hated Walmart?
Laprincessa December 01, 2012 at 05:28 AM
Ivan, Fast Company is propaganda? Really? We're buying ourselves into poverty. It's obvious you didn't read the article. Here's another: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/50026215/ns/business-us_business/#.ULlg445pfoQ
Reiu K December 01, 2012 at 12:59 PM
I absolutely agree with you. The immediate surrounding neighborhood has had violent incidents of crime and Walmart is right in the middle of it. And lets face it, it's a plain terrible and unsightly neighborhood. I've always had high hopes for lincoln business corridor would transform and or improve itself but who would thrive in this type of environment except for business with deep resources. As a resident of Altadena, I don't have to shop at Walmart. But I hope, other business can see the potential with the associated increase in retail customers this brings in. Come to Altadena west business district. Take a chance, we're starving for more retail choices. How can you not come to Altadena west business district? JPL employs thousands of employees.
Ivan G December 01, 2012 at 04:46 PM
Fast Company describes itself as "the world's leading progressive business media brand, with a unique editorial focus on innovation in technology, ethonomics (ethical economics), leadership, and design."
Ivan G December 01, 2012 at 04:57 PM
It may surprise — or even infuriate — critics, but a new study finds Wal-Mart benefits rather than harms the American economy. That's the conclusion of a report just released by the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, which studied the "Wal-Mart effect" for 89 counties in its region over the past two decades. The study shows that between 1985 and 2003, personal income, overall employment and retail employment grew faster in counties with a Wal-Mart than in those without one. Surprised? Don't be. Just acknowledge that Adam Smith was probably right: An exchange of goods at low prices benefits everyone. In the case of Wal-Mart, it seems evident that its model of low prices brings more choice to consumers, which is why so many choose to shop there. While it is widely (or maybe not so widely) believed that Wal-Mart wipes out local jobs and depresses wages, "the findings suggest the opposite: Firm growth, employment and total earnings were somewhat stronger in Wal-Mart counties," the report says. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/22719054/ns/business-forbes_com/t/why-wal-mart-may-just-be-good-us/
Elizabeth December 02, 2012 at 04:52 AM
Do not forget, many WalMarts are having strikes against them because they do not hire very many employees at full time, and the part timers do NOT get $13 an hour, nor do they get benefits. That is not the real point. The real point is there is a WalMart nine miles away in Monrovia, and there is no reason to put another big store selling outsourced products that caused many Americans to lose their jobs and are now inferior to the brand names they used to be..........to be in Altadena. We have Ralphs, and a lot of Von's and Pavillions in nearby Pasadena.
Lisa Maiorana December 02, 2012 at 05:10 AM
Elizabeth, I'm sorry but the days of Mayberry are over and if you're waiting for our local Mom & Pop businesses to sell what we want at the prices we want, hiring at the wages we want you're going to be waiting a very very long time. People are so afraid of progress in this town it's scary. Maybe I don't feel like going all the way over to Monrovia, maybe I would the like convenience of going down the street. Looks like a lot of other people will too.
Ivan G December 02, 2012 at 05:59 AM
The products sold at a Walmart Neighborhood Market are the same brands as are sold at other supermarkets. The primary reason for the controversy seems to be that many people don't like Walmart's labor practices. They would rather pay more (and force others to pay more) to subsidize the pay and benefits for overcompensated clerks.
Laprincessa December 02, 2012 at 07:39 AM
Walmart's grocers DO sell the same products but the point is not getting the most rock bottom deal (or maybe it is?!). The smart move would be to support your fellow neighbor who can't support his family because he doesn't make a living wage OR get enough hours or benefits to support his family so he has to rely on welfare, medicaid and food stamps. You may be paying less at the point of purchase but you're ultimately paying MUCH more to support his government assistance.
Can't Say December 02, 2012 at 07:47 AM
Come on Elizabeth. Its a grocery store. NOT a big box 100k sq ft store. The local Ralphs lacks departments. Driving to other cities to shop isnt super convenient.
Can't Say December 02, 2012 at 07:55 AM
Id rather pay for job re-training, continued education and the like vs paying higher prices for goods so someone can get $20/hr to ask me if I want paper or plastic.
Ivan G December 02, 2012 at 05:17 PM
How would keeping Walmart out benefit my fellow neighbor, who makes $10 per hour and can't afford the prices charged at other stores? Making him pay more so that clerks make $20 an hour may help the unionized clerks, but it won't help him. There is nothing smart about that. However, if that is what he wants, he can choose not to shop at Walmart. You want to make that choice for him.
Diane D December 03, 2012 at 06:50 PM
Walmart is not COMING, it is HERE! Can't we ALL just get along? Either shop there or don't. Why worry yourselves about it. Why not worry about something you can actually DO something about rather than just irritating each other? Or not ;)
Lori Paul December 03, 2012 at 07:59 PM
There is ongoing protest because there *may* be a 2nd big WalMart in the works (on Lake Ave. S. of Ralphs) and, whatever you think about the current WalMart Neighborhood Store, it never should've been built in the 1st place without appropriate notice of neighbors, public input & review by County Planning. Clever shenanigans took advantage of old zoning status to get that store into Altadena (via a bad local landowner who allowed the bldg. on Lincoln to become derelict and who, not coincidentally, owns the 2nd possible site on Lake Ave where the old WaMu burned). Smaller WalMarts are intended to put other neighborhood grocery stores (like Fresh N Easy, Sprouts & independents), bakeries, etc. out of business. Re: the 2nd WalMart. Recall we were told that no Walmart was going in on Lincoln... until it was a done deal. WalMart is the biggest retailer in the world. It's negative effects are local, nat'l & international. Walmart is no "friend" to Altadena. It is all about profit for its shareholders and expanding its monopoly by taking over market share. It overwhelms local businesses, reduce choices for consumers & is involved in a variety of employee abuses. This isn't about "getting along." It's about lack of public involvement, loss of community character, and misleading WalMart propaganda. If Altadena wants a thriving local business village, WalMart is not the centerpiece corp. we need. WalMart will not improve the neighborhood, just take advantage of its vulnerabilities.
Ivan G December 03, 2012 at 10:42 PM
There was nothing improper about the procedures used. On the other hand, I think that trying to prevent a store that meets zoning requirements from opening because you don't like its labor practices is an abuse of the zoning laws. Fresh and Easy is a regional chain in California, Arizona and Nevada. Sprouts has stores as far East as Texas, Colorado and Oklahoma. If you don't like Walmart, don't shop there. Don't try to prevent others from shopping there.
robert December 04, 2012 at 01:21 AM
Can't wait to pick up my new 60" LED TV I ordered online and will be picking up at the Altadena neighborhood Walmart.
Ivan G December 04, 2012 at 01:58 AM
You've got quite a wait. And amazon.com would at least match Walmart's price and deliver it to your home for free.
Gary Edwards December 05, 2012 at 01:19 AM
this will put all the altadena biz who sell tvs out of biz. oh wait, nothin like that here.
michael December 06, 2012 at 02:22 AM
why do they need to notify the neighborhood ? Pay attention to where your going to buy your house first! for example , if you buy a house near the Rose Bowl . dont be stupid to think there is not going to be sporting events! would you buy a house near a airport and expect it to be quiet ! tired of driving to the other part of the SGV to go to the stores that you will always see local residents at.
Meredith Miller December 06, 2012 at 07:29 PM
Hi Lisa- Did you do a survey of what the "family owned businesses" in Altadena offer their employees? Didn't think so. I don't like to comment in this way, but please get your facts straight before you make insinuations. We can and do! Meredith @Webster's Community Pharmacy.
M.G. Rich January 02, 2013 at 11:18 PM
Again, I hate to burst anyone's bubble but there are VERY FEW LOCAL BUSINESSES that provide what Altadena needs....COMMERCE!! People....please remove your heads where they don't belong and see the real issues here. Whether or not you agree with Ivan G....he is being objective. We have to get the ball rolling here....maybe a Trader Joe's at the corner of Altadena dr. A Starbucks? A store to replace the run down Ralphs on Lake ave?? A nice place to eat located on the run down empty lot next to the Ralphs? Get it together you people!!
M.G. Rich January 02, 2013 at 11:24 PM
Gary....please tell me you and Ivan G are NOT the only ones who "Get it"!!! I've lived here almost 60 yrs. and we are way behind the bell curve here. How come all the South Pasadena residents shop at Trader Joes? The 2 Von's right next to each other? Why do they eat at the local dining areas? Why do they purchase coffee at Starbucks AND Buster's??? For the life of me I just don't understand..... Wake up people!!!
M.G. Rich January 02, 2013 at 11:36 PM
I'm sorry Lori Paul but you have got a lot to learn about Altadena. I've been a resident for almost 60yrs. and Altadena has seen negative growth....with the exception of thrift stores up and down Lake Ave. Not too sure how long you've been here but this community is living in the stone ages.....and if you cannot see that it lacks commerce and jobs you certainly have the blinders on. I suggest that you (or anyone else for that matter) take a walk from Washington Blvd north on Raymond, Linclon, Fair Oaks, and Lake. Then count the number of empty run down buildings, empty lots, and store fronts. Tell me what you see and tell me it's ok for this community to continue on this path.....60yrs. Lori Paul. Think about and then you tell me it's ok in this state.
Ivan G January 03, 2013 at 04:26 AM
Because Altadena is unincorporated, it does not receive sales tax revenue from the businesses located here. There is no incentive to attract commerce. And our residents seem to be intellectually challenged when it comes to economics.

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