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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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Anna Kammerer July 28, 2012 at 02:28 AM
I must be way behind the times. What happened to WiseBuys. They were renovating the Gottschalks building. Did they decide they didn't want the space after all? I was told when I was in Walmart recently that Walmart was going to build a grocery store in the Walmart parking lot. Why not make the Bruceville Walmart a grocery store and leave everything else as it is?
Bwood July 28, 2012 at 03:31 AM
Wisebuys has already opened it's crap emporium next to what was Gottschalks. Why anyone needed this place is beyond me. Merchandise even cheaper than Walmart's.
Tom Brown July 28, 2012 at 04:23 PM
Sounds good to me 'cause the existing produce offerings suck.
Whyn Oldman July 28, 2012 at 06:35 PM
Good to hear! I'm tired of the union's moans and groans. There's always this griping about Walmart, but if they are such bad donkeys, then why are Winco and FoodsCo doing such great business? It's time to let the people decide what they want... not some dues-sucking union!
Alicia Chatman July 28, 2012 at 07:55 PM
Just what we need, ANOTHER grocery store. Would love a mall or outlet mall or an Olive Garden, but not another grocery store, nail salon, cleaners, drug store, beauty supply store or other same old same old.
Bwood July 28, 2012 at 08:29 PM
Alicia, apparently you haven't been paying very close attention. In the past several years EG has lost Ralph's, Pac N Save, Save Mart, and Bel Air, so yes, we could use another grocery store, especially one with affordable groceries and I don't mean Grocery Outlet or Fresh and Easy. IMO, they're just wannabe grocery stores.
Alicia Chatman July 29, 2012 at 12:41 AM
Yes I've heard, but there are still so many it amazes me! There are so many grocery options compared to other options here that it doesn't seem to me to be what EG needs most. I'm glad others are happy with it - to each his own, I'd just love to see something else to do besides grocery stores, is all I'm sayin.
kramos July 29, 2012 at 05:28 PM
Is the mall ever going to be completed?
Bwood July 29, 2012 at 10:16 PM
kramos, that, as they say, is the sixty-four dollar question.
john July 29, 2012 at 11:46 PM
Where and how can i apply for the new walmart
rOY Tufts July 30, 2012 at 11:44 PM
It'a BOUT TIME THAT WAL-MART CONVERTED gOTTCHALKS. wHAT TOOK THEM SO LONG?
dinah whited July 31, 2012 at 05:49 AM
i hope thye hire more seniors like me for part time jobs besides thats my shopping store
Wendy July 31, 2012 at 06:03 PM
What are the exact differences between the current walmart and the new one in the same shopping center? The current ome also carries groceries and has a pharmacy...what is the point of a new one?
Niel Evans July 31, 2012 at 06:54 PM
Niel I plan on shopping at the new store. I only wish the store locations would be at the old Bel Air store, 8787 EG Blvd.
ylg July 31, 2012 at 10:26 PM
That spot needs a Walgreens. Those poor people in that area must have to travel at least a mile to find one.(sarcasm) I will continue to shop at Bel Air. Love them.
Bwood July 31, 2012 at 11:56 PM
The "new one" in the same shopping center will be Neighborhood Market and will be a full-blown grocery store. The current one has only very limited grocery items.
kramos August 01, 2012 at 04:30 PM
lol, there is a walgreens on every corner.......
Cynthia Raj August 01, 2012 at 06:29 PM
I live by the Bruceville location, and I am very excited about all the new wallmart stores although I wish this one would be a SAM'S CLUB W/ A GAS STATION!!! If you are interested in knowing the set up of any of these new stores... just go to the one on Florin Rd and you will see... the grocery side will be the market on Elk Grove Blvd and the whole store will be the one on Bruceville! I am excited because now I just need to make one stop to get everything I need!!! And they will bring new jobs to our community!
Phedra Posch August 01, 2012 at 08:23 PM
Actually, we don't need a super center since the new grocery store will be adjacent to the current Walmart store. I suspect they will remove the groceries from the old store and expand it with other merchandise. I love this idea! Can park once, then shop in both stores! Great move, Walmart!! I am excited because I shop at the Elk Grove Walmart and having a full line of groceries right there in the same complex will be awesome!!
Phedra Posch August 01, 2012 at 08:26 PM
What is the difference in a Super store and a regular Walmart? They have a super store out on Florin Road but I hate shopping there - it's so crowded and dirty and I don't see anything super about it.
Phedra Posch August 01, 2012 at 08:28 PM
I've never been in Wisebuys, don't know what they sell but people have told me that I really don't want to go in there. Maybe should check it out? I'm going to Walmart today so might do that just to keep up with the conversation.
Phedra Posch August 01, 2012 at 08:31 PM
People NEED groceries so I welcome another store. In these times, so many cannot afford to eat out at places like the Olive Garden or go to nail salons, and beauty supply stores. The food on the table comes first. I welcome having another choice. As it is, about all we have is Winco and Savemart where one can afford to shop.
Phedra Posch August 01, 2012 at 08:33 PM
Since the two stores are so close to one another, I would guess they will take the groceries out of the existing store and move all that stuff to the new store - thus freeing up space for more merchandise in the old store. That would be so ideal!!
Phedra Posch August 01, 2012 at 08:34 PM
Job-seekers can also apply at careers.walmart.com
bev September 04, 2012 at 06:03 PM
I must be the only one not wanting walmart anywhere close to my neighborhood or something. For months and months i hoped that the big ugly building they were putting in the middle of a quiet and beautiful neighborhood was not going to be walmart. Come on now! Really? Traffic is going to be ugly, especially when you factor in students from both high schools and middle school coming out at the same time. But other than that, I guess my main problem about walmart is that they dont play nice. Ive dealt with many people who have worked there for years and years who cant get healthcare benefits due to many reasons. If walmart was less about take take take, and gave back more to their employees and community then maybe i would be less opposed to them. Is there anything else our neighborhood can do to oppose this? I know im not the only one who doesnt want this money hungry corporation down the street from my home.
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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