Sneak Peek at Walmart Grocery Store: Sign Is Up, Shelves In for Fall Debut

Market will occupy former Circuit City building next to Drew Ford on Grossmont Boulevard.

Walmart’s new La Mesa grocery store “is moving along and should be opening later this fall,” a spokeswoman for the retailer said this week as a sign went up on its home in the former Circuit City building.

A San Diego publicist for the retail giant said she had no date for the opening of the Walmart Neighborhood Market at 8820 Grossmont Blvd.

But late this week, the Walmart logo went up on the building west of Drew Ford and a block away from Ralphs. Shopping cart racks dot the parking lot.

HBI Construction, remodeling the space, still has a 36-foot office trailer on site. In early May, contractors told Patch the store would be ready this summer.

Windows at the Walmart grocery store were mostly papered, but one panel was left uncovered Friday, affording a view of the naked shelves and $0.00 signs within, plus registers and other electronics still covered in plastic. Green is the dominant color scheme.

Meanwhile, local unions scheduled a rally and march Saturday to demand that Walmart executives meet with community organizers before opening new stores in San Diego.

The march was to start at Golden Hill Park and go to the site of a planned Walmart Neighborhood Market in the old Farmers Market Building in Sherman Heights.

Walmart opponents, including union leaders, went to court to try to stop the retail giant from altering the historic structure, but lost.

“We’ve seen how this company mistreats its employees and how it bulldozes over residents in a community,” said Genoveva Aguilar of Casa de Vecinos Organizados. “We don’t need Walmart to come into our city, bringing poor paying jobs and destroying our cultural history.”  

Walmart spokeswoman Rachel Wall argued that the store had more fans than foes, saying 120,000 people would shop Saturday at Walmarts in San Diego County.

“The majority of residents know we’re not only trying to provide communities with new options for jobs and affordable groceries, but we’re also making  a positive economic contribution by generating much-needed tax revenue, working with local suppliers and supporting nonprofits,” Wall said.

—City News Service contributed to this report.

Things I Learned September 22, 2012 at 11:59 PM
Bong Sativa September 23, 2012 at 05:34 PM
More Walmart low-income employees are members of the 47% than any other employer in America ! By shifting the responsibility for the welfare of their employees to the government (food stamps,health care,etc.) they can consistently offer the lowest prices as the taxpayers pick up the tab ! The truth of the matter is that the Walton's,America's richest family are the biggest "moochers" of all time !
Things I Learned September 23, 2012 at 05:40 PM
Walmart should not give jobs to people who are on the dole because then the 53% who pay taxes don't have to pay as much!
Bong Sativa September 23, 2012 at 09:06 PM
I think you're missing the point,the reason that our government (the taxpayers) has to subsidize their employees incomes is "because" they're Walmart employees. Without government assistance most employees couldn't afford to work there as they couldn't support themselves (much less a family) on their meager earnings. This keeps their prices low while driving their competitors whose union contracts prevent them from turning the responsibility for their employess welfare over to the government out of business. The Walton's became America's richest family by raping the American taxpayers while contributing millions & millions of dollars to right-wing conservative groups & Republican candidates who shield them contributing their fare share ! You'd think as the biggest freeloaders at the government trough in American history the anti-tax,tea party zealots would put them at the top of their hit list,except for the fact that the Walton family is giving them millions in contributions to spread their lies & propaganda. Wake up America we're being robbed by the rich & they've duped the pious,the angry & the ignorant into to turning a blind eye to their treachery in exchange for their support. We need to strengthen labor laws in this country to expand worker's rights to organize & collectively bargain for living wages & benefits. It's not to late to save the middle class,but the only route to our salvation is electing as many Democrats,the protectors of worker's rights as we can !
Komfort September 23, 2012 at 09:42 PM
"First lady Michelle Obama joined Wal-Mart executives at a Southeast Washington community center Thursday morning to announce a campaign by the low-priced retail giant to offer more healthful foods and push its suppliers to do the same." http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/01/20/AR2011012001581.html
Komfort September 24, 2012 at 04:19 AM
The last occupant of that space did real well.
Jimmy Sanders September 24, 2012 at 10:27 PM
At least the government is not forcing you to shop at Walmart-yet! http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/WorldNews/michelle-obama-walmart-join-forces-promote-healthy-eating/story?id=12723177
Jim September 24, 2012 at 10:29 PM
What's the logic (or real story) for La Mesa to have a large grocery store 100 yards away from another large grocery store (Ralph's)??? Why create a situation where people will lose jobs? How can our city council allow this? I can hear it already, "competition is good" "give our citizens choices" = B.S.! Certain "leaders" are purposely living out their individual dream and taking away the 'ol small town La Mesa.
Kevin George September 24, 2012 at 10:47 PM
City Council meeting tomorrow at 6pm, fill out a speakers card and redress your grievance. That's what it's for. http://www.cityoflamesa.com/archives/30/CCAgenda_2012Sep25.pdf
Mike J. Boston September 25, 2012 at 02:14 AM
Orginally Ralphs was leaving due to their lease being up at the end of the year and the store needing major renovations. Now an employee there is saying they are staying.
Dori Gregorovic October 13, 2012 at 07:59 PM
Why would I shop at Ralph's and pay double the price I'm going to be paying at Walmart. Maybe the larger grocery chains should think about lowering their prices....


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