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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.

SteveB September 11, 2012 at 11:09 PM
Great song! Great propaganda! Unfortunately it continues the portrayal that the walmart neighborhood market will be a big box supercenter, and overlooks that the lincoln/figueroa site was a blight on the neighborhood.
Lisa Maiorana September 12, 2012 at 02:40 AM
wow
Hugo September 12, 2012 at 03:34 AM
Double wow
Mike Roberts September 12, 2012 at 04:06 AM
Agreed. Nothing mentions that this is a grocery store. The video ends with him walking along a super size big box Wal Mart. I understand that the anti Wal Mart group has a tough time differentiating a super size store from the grocery store at Lincoln/Fig. I know it's the WM name/corporate policies that's being demonized. Otherwise, original song, nice melody.
suzanne o'shea September 12, 2012 at 03:05 PM
Thanks for expressing what so many of us are feeling. Beautiful song and video. John is indeed one of our local heroes. There are so many reasons that ANY size Walmart does NOT belong in our community. Continuing to support our small business and boycotting Walmart is our best course of action at this point. It's a done deal and the residents of the community were given NO voice in stopping it. This song is worth a thousand voices of our community. Share it and spread the message!
P.S. Rogers September 12, 2012 at 03:49 PM
Good song and production. Clearly states the message.
Linda R September 12, 2012 at 03:52 PM
Great song and message along with visuals of our community. Walmart is Walmart.....it doesn't matter the size. What matters is the intrusion into our community!
Lori A. Webster September 12, 2012 at 04:31 PM
Thanks to Duane Thorin, Bo Astrup and the many other concerned citizens who helped produce this video. I wish people would stop saying "it's only a supermarket" when referring to Walmart's Neighborhood Market business model. With 60% grocery and 40% OTHER - including pharmacy & over the counter meds; pet food; stationery & paper products; and by being a "ship to store" - this store threatens our small businesses in Altadena. What will you do when everything's gone except for Walmart? And yes, we will be gone, because that's how Walmart rolls......you don't need a supercenter to do that. Bye-bye, tax base, bye-bye home equity - think it's bad now? Just wait.
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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