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Walmart to Open Grocery Store on Elk Grove Blvd

The 39,000-square-foot 'Neighborhood Market' will fill the old Gottschalks building in the same shopping center as Walmart's current Elk Grove store.

Walmart will open a supermarket on Elk Grove Boulevard after its plans to add groceries to a new store the company is building in Laguna Ridge were thwarted by .

The 39,000-square-foot 'Neighborhood Market' will fill the former Gottschalks building at 8455 Elk Grove Blvd., in the same shopping center as .

Walmart spokesperson Delia Garcia said the grocery store will create about 65 full- and part-time jobs and will open by the end of 2012. It will stock a full line of groceries including fresh produce, along with health and beauty products and prescription drugs, she said.

Walmart has already obtained building permits to renovate the now-vacant space, according to documents on file with the City of Elk Grove.

"The Neighborhood Market will complement [the current Walmart] by giving customers an option for fresh, affordable groceries in that same shopping center," Garcia said.

Garcia spoke by phone from Huntington Beach, where Walmart had just unveiled the first of 20 Neighborhood Markets the company is rolling out throughout California.

The markets, which are about one-fifth the size of a Walmart supercenter, could provide further competition for traditional supermarkets already feeling the sting from the non-union mega-retailer.

Two Elk Grove grocery stores in the vicinity of the new Walmart supermarket have closed since the beginning of 2012: the Bel Air at 8787 Elk Grove Blvd. and the Save Mart at 7707 Laguna Blvd. A spokesperson for Raley's, which owned the Bel Air, as one of the reasons for store closures.

The United Food and Commercial Workers union, which represents workers at many California grocery stores, has opposed the Neighborhood Markets.

"Walmart's new move into the traditional grocery store sector is a departure in tactics on their part and a direct threat to our members in the grocery industry," Ron Lind, President of UFCW Local 5, said in . "Thousands of good jobs and the livelihood of tens of thousands of our members are jeopardized by Walmart's plans."

Walmart is also , in the Laguna Ridge neighborhood. That store was originally slated to be a supercenter incorporating both general merchandise and a grocery store, what Garcia called the company's "growth model."

But after nearby residents sued to block the plan, Walmart changed course and .

Garcia said Walmart will open a hiring center in Elk Grove soon to staff the new Neighborhood Market. Job-seekers can also apply at careers.walmart.com.

What do you think of Walmart's plans to open a separate grocery store in Elk Grove? Will you shop there?

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Lolita Aquino October 30, 2012 at 07:34 PM
Wisebuys was not able to compete with Walmart and had to be shut. This is just the way businesses work. If they can't compete, they waste resources. In my opinion, it was the failure of Wisebuys to study the market before putting out a store beside the world's biggest retail store in the world.
Mr. Walton February 17, 2013 at 07:39 PM
I think Walmart is a terrible choice for the neighborhood. The store will cause traffic congestion on Bruceville and the surrounding streets. I think there will be shoppers driving through the neighborhoods trying to avoid heavy traffic, in turn causing the neighborhoods to become highly travelled and noisy. Walmart has a way of attracting crime. The crime that happens at Walmart could trickle down to the surrounding neighborhoods. I am totally opposed to Walmart being this close to our development. A Walmart already exist less than 2 miles away from the new one on Bruceville. Too much of anything is not good.
Tom Brown February 18, 2013 at 06:36 AM
Mr. Walton the grocery store has been open for months now. How are you doing with all of the extra traffic and crime?
Mr. Walton February 19, 2013 at 04:25 PM
I'm sorry, I wasn't talking about the new Walmart grocery store. I was mentioning the Bruceville location, which hasn't opened yet.
Mr. Walton February 19, 2013 at 04:36 PM
I think the Walmart grocery store on Elk Grove blvd. is in a very good location ( shopping plaza). By the way, I don't dislike Walmart. But I think all things should be considered when putting up the stores in their new locations.

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