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Will the Altadena Become 'Waltadena?' (Video)

A local singer composes a song about Wal-Mart opening a grocery store in Altadena.

In the above video which has been posted to YouTube, local singer Duane Thorin uses his musical talents to protest against Wal-Mart opening a grocery store at the corner of Lincoln and Figueroa.

For more on the planned store at Wal-Mart, please check out the following page of past Patch stories.

Can't Say September 12, 2012 at 05:18 PM
So dramatic! Most supermarkets (and this one is smaller than most big supermarkets) have an "Other" section. Rite aid sells T shirts and seasonal items. Ralphs, Vons etc. all sell "other" stuff, so does Super King. Don't hear anyone cracking down on Ralphs,Vons, Super King to stop selling the "other" stuff. Ship to Store - you're right. Some might order a couch or chair. Will they order pens/pencils, shovels, and other small wares? Not often. Does Amazon ship from store to home? Yep. With WM you still have to pick it up at the store unless you wanna pay extra to go to your house. Maybe I missed it during the 100's of previous comments on this topic, but how will THIS grocery store put "everything" out of business?
SteveB September 12, 2012 at 05:31 PM
Lori, I get your fears and concerns, I really do - I just don't think they are justified.. Every grocery store carries non-grocery items. I just went to the Vons on Allen last night, and besides food items, I picked up trash bags, band aids, anti-perspirant, laundry detergent, toilet paper, paper towels, cleaning supplies, etc. I do not know it they carry pet food, but they do have a full service pharmacy. The only thing that is different between Vons and the Walmart grocery, is the site-to-store. And all that really does is save you the shipping charges on something you purchase from walmart.com. So maybe I will buy less from Amazon.com and more from Walmart.com, now - but it won't affect our family's patronage of Webster's Pharmacy or stationers. Maybe the anti-Walmart crowd believes the ends justifies the means, but I think the spread of misinformation damages your cause. The petitioner that canvassed our neighborhood was telling us they will be selling guns at the walmart market! I am pretty sure that is not part of the 40% OTHER.
Bob Musselman September 12, 2012 at 05:35 PM
Well, Duane demands the right to make his own decisions. He doesn't need to demand that right, he has it. He can choose not to shop at Walmart. But the owners and lessors of the property zoned for retail also have the right to make their decisions and invest in a business there. Great voice, great music, but a misdirected message in my view.
lonnie fehr September 12, 2012 at 10:10 PM
would be nice if altadena had a large store . every time i need something , pair shoes . pair pants ,a camera , computer , auto parts ,etc etc etc . got go to pasadena etc . i try give altadena what little business i buy . but alot items altadena does not have , sell .
Diane D September 13, 2012 at 04:46 PM
Glad to hear that I'm NOT the only one that's ok with Walmart coming. Honestly I will continue to support the stores where I get good customer service. I do not and have never shopped where the workers are rude. I have reported bad behavior to the owners of a local store many times and not much was done. I gave them ample opportunity to fix the problem but it still exists so I don't shop there. I welcome what ever establishment can give me good customer service! That spot was an eye sore for many years, now it looks really good and I can't WAIT to shop there. I wish someone, and I don't care who, would get the spot on Altadena Dr. and Lincoln, fix it up and use it!!

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