La Mesa Walmart Grocery Store Will Be the First in San Diego County

Todd Raley, an 18-year Walmart veteran and East County native, will be manager of the store.

Walmart’s first stand-alone grocery store in San Diego County will open in La Mesa with an East County native as manager and about 65 employees, the retailer says.

Called Walmart Neighborhood Market, the 39,000-square-foot store in the old Circuit City building at 8820 Grossmont Blvd. is expected to open this fall. It’s less than a half-mile south of an existing Walmart at Grossmont Center.

Its manager will be Todd Raley, a Walmart veteran of 18 years, according to the company.

“He grew up East County,” said a spokeswoman for the retailer. “He started his Walmart career as an hourly associate at the Santee store in 1994 and has worked in the El Cajon, Poway and Chula Vista Walmart stores.”

Meanwhile, Walmart is continuing to hire “associates” for the La Mesa location, which will open before a Sherman Heights store in San Diego. In California, Walmart’s full-time average hourly wage as of October 2011 was $12.69 per hour, said the company.

“To facilitate applications, the retailer has opened a temporary hiring center at 8654 La Mesa Blvd.,” the company said. “The hiring center is accepting applications from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Interested applicants can also apply online at http://www.careers.walmart.com.”

Raley says the store will hire both full- and part-time associates.

“We are excited to add this Walmart Neighborhood Market to La Mesa and bring good jobs with career opportunities to the area,” he said.

Raley began his Walmart career in 1994 in Santee as a temporary associate.

Raley said associates are needed to work in all areas of the new store, including supervisory roles.

Walmart says its benefit program is available to eligible full- and part-time associates and provides a “variety of affordable health and well-being benefits including medical insurance with no lifetime maximum.”

Walmart also offers matching 401(k) contributions of up to 6 percent of pay, discounts on general merchandise for store associates, an Associate Stock Purchase Program and company-paid life insurance.

“Additionally, eligible associates receive a quarterly incentive based on store performance,” the company said.

First opened in 1998, Walmart Neighborhood Markets number about 200 across the country and the company expects to open about 80 more in 2012. The store maintains an archive of YouTube videos on the grocery stores.

The La Mesa store’s signage first appeared last week, and much of its shelving appears to be ready for stocking. Green is the dominant color scheme.

Kevin George September 26, 2012 at 04:12 PM
Calling F. Dunn...Calling F. Dunn...Employment alert , employment alert. "To facilitate applications, the retailer has opened a temporary hiring center at 8654 La Mesa Blvd" " Walmart’s full-time average hourly wage as of October 2011 was $12.69 per hour, said the company."
J. September 26, 2012 at 06:13 PM
We sure don't need another Walmart in La Mesa. We don't think it is a friendly store. What La Mesa needs is a nice derpartment store!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! NOT ANOTHER WALMART.
Kevin George September 26, 2012 at 06:26 PM
65 new taxpaying employees fresh off the unemployment rolls and the City of La Mesa's coffers disagree. You don't hear this much anymore...... but it's a free Country, we all have a choice. If it's not a "friendly" store and people feel "unfriended" there it will go out of business.
Mary September 26, 2012 at 06:51 PM
Gee Kevin - We agree on something. :-)
Kevin George September 26, 2012 at 07:12 PM
Well thanks, I knew you'd come over! It's a joke son... a joke, F. Leghorn
Jimmy Sanders September 26, 2012 at 07:34 PM
J. does not like brushing against the commoners that shop at Macy's.
Jeff Phinney September 27, 2012 at 01:51 AM
Just one more Wal-Mart to stay the Hell away from.
Deena While September 27, 2012 at 04:41 AM
F. Dunn September 28, 2012 at 08:59 PM
Oh, lay off, darlin'. I make more than twice that much just freelancing these days. No benefits, that's true, but I don't have to put up with WalMart customers either. And I will admit that I AM a customer. Buy all my generics there -- e.g. antihistamine -- but I don't block aisles with my cart and I politely wait in line at the checkstands to pay.
Lemongrovelocal September 28, 2012 at 09:10 PM
I wonder how long the Ralph's will stay in business once the Walmart goes in? I'm all for new stores, employing the the unemployed, revenue for the city, etc...but it seems a little crazy to put a Walmart grocery store across the freeway from a Walmart and next to an existing grocery store.
Kevin George September 28, 2012 at 09:49 PM
You may want to pose your question to the Mayor at the next Council meeting, October 9th at 4pm in the City Council chambers, 8130 Allison Ave.
Kevin George September 28, 2012 at 09:52 PM
I've heard it called a lot of things, but never " freelancing". If you're making $26/hr, what the heck is all the bitching about? All your earnings are being 1099ed so you can pay your fair share, right? And lay off the darlin', I'm not a customer.
Super Terrific Response September 28, 2012 at 09:53 PM
It might seem "crazy" at first glance but it is far less expensive to improve an existing building than to construct one from scratch. My hunch is that Walmart will succeed at this location for several reasons: a well-known company; easy access via major streets and freeways; a large parking lot; and competetive grocery prices. And I imagine this will soon not be their only grocery store in the East County.
Lamesn619 September 29, 2012 at 12:28 AM
Who says that the aveage walmart worker makes 12.60hr That's bulls!th! My cousin is a shift manager at the one in santee(working her way though college) She's only at 10.50hr and has been there 3 years. She's going to have to go to management and get her raise lol!
F. Dunn September 29, 2012 at 12:44 AM
Kevin, yes! I'm starting to get 1099s again and not for hooking, as your dour photo and comments seem to suggest. Mrs. George, I am not having sex witrh your husband (ICK!). Just be aware that he has been bullying me for months and that people like him still need to get their kicks way, way out of high school...when no adults who have grown up really give a sht. Ride on, Kevin! I answer you for sport.
Barbara September 29, 2012 at 02:51 AM
J, I think it would be a great idea for you to open a department store. I see no reason to denigrate the La Mesa Walmart. The employees deserve as much respect for earning an honest living as you do...No one says retail needs to be a career for life. It's their choice and their lives. Who are you to make such a judgement?
Jimmy Sanders October 01, 2012 at 05:12 PM
Maybe these books will help? http://www.walmart.com/search/search-ng.do?search_query=bullying+prevention&ic=16_0&Find=Find&search_constraint=3920
Kevin George October 01, 2012 at 05:18 PM
Bullying? If so, feel free to flag my comments. Just stop whining about being unemployed and how the whole World is against you and everything will be fine. PS: Mrs George thinks you are a bigger loser than I do.
Kyla October 01, 2012 at 06:01 PM
Wow, F. Dunn. Just wow. A photo that has been on his profile for months suggests that you're a hooker? I seem to remember you begging and pleading with everyone reading to give you a job. In fact, I remember posting a few links to employment opportunities for your benefit. Since nobody had reason to assume you had found employment, why are you so offended that someone called your attention to this opportunity?
PwmCwzy October 01, 2012 at 06:07 PM
Kevin - Today is STOP BULLYING day at Santee elementary schools. Just put on a blue shirt and you'll be OK.
steve hangen October 08, 2012 at 12:26 AM
If you hire people for walmart, you are getting them back to work. then if Ralphs closes, you're putting those employees out of work and on unemloyment. That means there not doing a thing for unemployment. The owners are just making more money for themselves, not helping the community.
Ken Stone October 14, 2012 at 08:16 PM
Sunday's U-T San Diego includes an insert for the La Mesa Walmart Neighborhood Market with a logo saying "Now open." But an ad on page A14 says: "Grand opening October 17 (at) 7:30 a.m."
alvinaruby December 19, 2012 at 06:44 AM
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Nathan Davis March 08, 2013 at 04:51 PM
I have to agree with ALL valid points. Walmart s are only as bad as the people who shop in them. And it breaks down to the golden rule. not the one that states who has the gold rules but treat others how you'd like to be treated, you appreciate someone excusing themselves to get around you? Well open your mouth use your pleasent words and say excuse me.. not that fofgicult people.. and if anyone remembers fredh n easy coming to el cajon on 2nd street? Well the Ralphs went out of buisness before they opened.. there are company loyalists out there that shop where they shop. and there are us who are stretching every penny we get to provide food shelter and clothing... these lower priced, cleaner stores help ALOT. Unemployment and under-employment suck.. So no one hopes a new store will shut down an existing one. be kind use your words and if you don t like a certain store don t shop there...
Nathan Davis March 08, 2013 at 04:53 PM


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