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Another Wal-Mart?

By mricard
Thursday, July 12th, 2007 at 4:52 pm in General, San Leandro.

San Leandro City Manager John Jermanis told business leaders at a luncheon today that the former Target lot at Hesperian and Lewelling boulevards will soon get a new tenant — Wal-Mart.

He alluded to the news earlier this week at Monday’s council meeting, but today’s announcement confirms it.

The vacant building has been family-owned for years, Jermanis said, and the family has always chosen big-box stores to inhabit it.

Now that Wal-Mart is moving in, that makes two stores in the city. The other one is at Westgate Shopping Center on Davis Street near Interstate 880.

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  • Danielle

    And the Bay Area needs another Wal-Mart because….?

  • Tim

    And San Leandro needs a SECOND WalMart because…?

  • Trish

    San Leandro needs to bring in more upscale stores for the good of the city; the current Walmart already creates a traffic problem. Placing another Walmart in San Leandro at the odl Target location would create another traffic nightmare for Hesperian and Lewelling, which is already crowded with rush hour traffic. Why not bring in something more upscale, like a Trader Joe’s or a Cold Stone Creamery?

  • Dan

    C’mon San Leandro, you’ll fight tooth and nail over a Rainbow Grocery store, but roll out the a the red carpet for a second Wal Mart? Your neighbors in San Lorenzo are not pleased.

  • pole

    oh great, get ready for MORE crime & more ghetto people…..

  • Tino

    Traffic be damned, folks better start worrying about higher taxes AKA ‘The Walmart Tax’ –>

    CALIFORNIA

    A 2004 study by the University of California at
    Berkeley Labor Center found that Wal-Mart
    employees’ reliance on public assistance pro-
    grams, including health care, costs California $86
    million annually, with health-related costs
    accounting for $32 million.

    According to the
    study, 23 percent fewer Wal-Mart employees par-
    ticipate in the company’s health care plan than is
    typical for employees of large retailers in
    general.

    And Wal-Mart families use 40 percent
    more in taxpayer-funded health care services and
    38 percent more in non-health public services
    (food stamps, Earned Income Tax Credit, subsi-
    dized school lunches and housing) than the fami-
    lies of all large retail workers.

    http://www.aflcio.org/corporatewatch/walmart/upload/walmartreport_031406.pdf

    [More below]

    Report: Wal-Mart Drains Tax Dollars from Local Communities

    http://www.aflcio.org/corporatewatch/walmart/ns01132006.cfm

  • Fernando Hernandez

    Indeed, I never shop there, their merchandize might be cheap, but it is just an illusion,

    I saw Wal-Mart open a store in Pullman (WA) and within two years most family owned stores in the down town area had closed. They just couln’t compete with the cheap, imported goods. I saw former store owners working for Wal-Mart, probably on the public dole from the sound of it!

    That is why I make a point of patronizing family owned or independent businesses,

  • Jerkins

    The San Lo city council is ALL about money. End of story.

  • oofly

    This walmart is actully in San Lorenzo, which is in Alameda county. Super Walmart’s are usualy stopped by residents of the city. Well San Lorenzo is not a city and can’t fight it. So I guess everyone will go to San Lorenzo for cheap grocerys. And that old Gemco spot is perfect.

  • J. W. Kyle

    AND NOW…. 4 OR 5 MILES SOUTH, ALONG HESPERIAN BLVD, NEAR THE CORNER OF INDUSTRIAL PARKWAY…. A NEW COSTCO STORE AND GAS STATION!

    lOOK FOR IT TO BE OPNE LATE IN 2009 !

    Wow1 Walmart, Costco and an “In and Out” fast food joint…. a haven for the unemployed to work, shop and eat!