Walmart Moves Ahead With Second Store

Elk Grove's second Walmart could open in spring 2013, company says.

Walmart has started preliminary site work for , which could open as early as spring 2013, company officials announced Tuesday.

Construction already taking place at the southeast corner of Bruceville Road and Whitelock Parkway involves earth grading for access and circulation, said Elk Grove Public Information Officer Christine Brainerd.

Building permits are still under review and have not been issued, she added.

“The city is processing that permit so we do expect to receive that soon and be underway with construction shortly afterward,” Walmart spokesperson Delia Garcia said.

Walmart originally wanted to build a new 99,585-square-foot “supercenter” in Elk Grove and sell a full line of groceries and other taxable goods, using entitlements granted in 2008 for a Target.

A group of nearby residents, however, sued the city and Walmart over concerns about noise and traffic, and a Sacramento County Superior Court judge , saying Walmart’s plans to sell groceries differed significantly from the proposed Target store.

Walmart is appealing that decision, while meanwhile pushing ahead with a store that, while larger, will sell a smaller range of grocery items and will not be dubbed a supercenter.

“The lawsuit remains on appeal, but our focus is to serve our customers,” Garcia said. “That’s why we are moving forward with a project that is consistent with what was originally approved for that location.

“Our customers have been looking forward to a second store now for a couple of years.”

In addition to a pharmacy and outdoor center, the proposed 148,200-square-foot store would sell products such as household goods, electronics, and limited grocery items including dry goods, dairy products and frozen foods.

Walmart says its existing Elk Grove Blvd store will remain open.

Peter Gaffney, one of the residents who sued Walmart, said he is skeptical the company will stick to its plan for a more limited store.

“They may be saying that in a press release, but it’s very disingenuous,” Gaffney said. “They’ve spent a whole lot of money going to appellate court to convince a judge they should be allowed to build something different.”

In July, the City Council to build the proposed Vineyard at Madeira Shopping Center. The conditional use permit extension included new conditions, including:

  • Limiting hours of operation from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sundays
  • Prohibiting overnight parking and putting up signs so police can enforce the ban
  • Submitting delivery truck, security and maintenance plans

Gaffney said those conditions will still apply to the store currently underway.

“The conditions imposed by the city addressed the three main concerns we had,” Gaffney said. “Those will be accommodated, whatever is approved...unless an appellate court trumps everything.”

Marty March 21, 2012 at 12:50 AM
EGLF....looks like you're still floating out there in space!
M.Legison March 21, 2012 at 05:06 AM
Guy gets the cheapest house in Del Webb because it's adjacent to a commercial project, then gets bunched panties when Walmart wants to downsize--now they get the big daddy with more jobs and more tax income for Elk Grove. This is hilarious. Egg on so many faces including Clarence Darrow of Galt.
Beulah Iroegbu March 21, 2012 at 01:31 PM
The other side of town could use a walmart rather than Bruceville and Whitelock. Why 2 stores within 2 miles of each other...We are costumers and we are not complaining.
Russell March 21, 2012 at 01:50 PM
Walmart will not keep two stores within 2 miles of each other. Their original plan was to close the store on Elk Grove Blvd. and turn it into a distribution center. Wonderful - more Walmart trucks using the Elk Grove Blvd. off and onramps off of Hwy 99. I have seen in other areas where Walmart has closed stores just to open another store down the street - ie Carson City. They left a blight with a large store that has not been filled in 10 years. I would have hoped for better from our city planners. Why not put this to a vote of the residents. Why, because they know it would not pass. I thought that our city elected officials had our interests in mind.
Bwood March 21, 2012 at 02:16 PM
I find it disappointing that it will not be a true "supercenter" in that the groceries will be limited. I'm tired of paying the high prices at the Nuggets, Raley's, Safeways. and SaveMarts in our area besides having to drive all over the place to get the best weekly deals at each of them ...
public safety retiree March 21, 2012 at 05:57 PM
I sadly fail to see the point that M.Legison is attempting to make because of the juvenile loutishness.
Jamie March 21, 2012 at 06:13 PM
Russel, the same thing in Carson city, happened in Chico too. I agree with you. This is another wrong choice by our planning department! Really makes me want to move!
Sarah Johnson March 21, 2012 at 07:10 PM
FYI, Our planning department , nor the City Council, made this "choice". It was a "bait & switch" by the developer who got a Target store approved, then sold the whole thing to Walmart. Zoning entitlements allow certain things to be built. It was the zoning that prevailed. I do regret that instead of the 100,000 square foot store they first proposed, they are now planning one that is 50% larger. Not sure how this is legal, but will wait for the decision on the appeal.
Johann Schuster March 21, 2012 at 07:22 PM
Beulah is EXACTLY right. There is a SERIOUS need for a Walmart on Sheldon, Calvine, or maybe on Kammerer where the new Parkway will be, NOT on Whitelock. The new store is literally within walking distance to the other Walmart! Isn't there a law to prevent TWO large stores of the same brand being within a few blocks of each other? A Costco would be better suited for this area. And if we HAD to have another large retailer there besides Costco, I'd shop at a Target 10x more than at a Walmart.
Johann Schuster March 21, 2012 at 07:31 PM
There is a REASON there are "People Of Walmart" video files. Notice there are no 'People of Target" or "People of Costco" videos. Walmart's stores are perceptibly inferior to Targets or Costcos in my opinion. Their products tend to be 'bottom shelf'.... they may as well be called "Support Communist China-Mart." Yuck. Elk Grove Citizens should be allowed to vote on the quality of the businesses we want. We don't want South Sacramento traffic BOOMING LOUD RADIOS all the way down Bruceville Blvd. It is an idyllic area and we should be allowed to keep it that way!
bflrs143 March 28, 2012 at 06:50 PM
I went to the Super Wal-Mart in the City of West Sacramento after shopping at IKEA and had the most amazing experience. They had so much selection from the most affordable to the nicest brands. I went into the garden section and found amazing selection of fruit trees, seeds, etc. It was clean, the shoppers were decent, hard-working people as were the employees. Wal-Mart is like any other store...it all depends on where it is located as it adjusts to that area's dynamics. A Raley's, for example, in one city may look a lot different than a Raley's in Elk Grove!
Bwood March 29, 2012 at 03:23 PM
You have now seen what a proper Walmart can be, bflrs143, and it's not anything like the one here in Elk Grove at all ...
Robert Pierce April 01, 2012 at 02:14 AM
Build it and they will come. Instead of The field of dreams it's the store of lower income. Combine that with the high density zoned land two blocks away, which will inevitably be a haven for section 8, and we've gone from a safe, quiet neighborhood, to a noisy one with increased crime. This is the way of modern economics for the grant seeking city planners. Buy your home defense items, car alarms and ear plugs.
AHMAD April 13, 2012 at 06:01 PM
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Johann Schuster April 13, 2012 at 06:13 PM
Perhaps Walmart should improve its current Hwy99 store to better match the West Sac store. It makes sense to have a superstore next to the highway exit. It makes NO SENSE to put a superstore in the middle of a relatively quiet neighborhood, with residents that WANT TO KEEP IT relatively quiet. I can accept a smaller, succinct Walmart @ Bruceville & Whitelock... but NOT a superstore.
Madeline April 19, 2012 at 10:46 PM
I am new to the Whitelock neighborhood, however, when I heard this news, I am really appalled! Is there anything we citizens can do at this point? I mean, someone was able to stop Walmart building on Sheldon a few years back... what can we do here? I will be more than willing to participate in a campaign to build the 2nd Walmart on Bruceville and Whitelock. Please let me know how I can help! madeliney@yahoo.com
Madeline April 19, 2012 at 10:50 PM
Sorry, typo... I meant to say a campaign against the New Walmart.
Jonathan May 27, 2012 at 10:53 AM
Our city officials are corrupt. Approving two huge apts complexes with income limitation (meaning only low income can rent) plus now a waart in the middle of residential area is a huge mistake by our corrupt city official. The new Walmart will attract crime, traffic, shop lifting, etc. it's time to move out. I blame the city officials.
Viridiana May 31, 2012 at 07:48 PM
Gaby Where can i apply for the new walmart?
Naz July 23, 2012 at 04:03 PM
As of July 2012, is there anything a private citizen/resident of EG can do to stop the building of the new Walmart on Whitelock and Bruceville? I cannot find information on city of EG's website about the current status of the Walmart? Is it too late to do anything about it? Anyone know how far they have come in this process or where to find more information? I am so frustrated at the idea of having ANOTHER Walmart, only a couple miles from eachother, in my neighborhood! Walmart may offer low prices, affordable groceries, etc, BUT it always attracts crime and I'm just going to say what I'm not supposed to say, a TRASHY DEMOGRAPHIC! Elk Grove is a nice area, the houses and neighborhoods are often clean and appealing to the eye. That all changes when you drive into a Walmart parking lot, even one in a good area. The current Elk Grove Walmart parking lot is often litered and dirty. I'm disgusted that this is going to be so near my neighborhood!
Cody Kitaura (Editor) July 23, 2012 at 05:28 PM
Naz, I haven't driven by the site in a while, but the building is already going up: http://patch.com/A-t7FJ Because of that I don't think there's too much that can be done if you don't want the store built. How close is this new store to your home? Do you think it'll affect things as far as your street?
kramos July 27, 2012 at 09:35 PM
Whatever happened to the safeway they were going to build across the street from the new WalMart. Instead of making the old blockbuster a gym, we could really use a grocery store or trader joe type store . I live a short walk from there and I hope WalMart plans to have security patrolling the parking lot. Us neighbors need to make sure our neighborhood stays safe
Bwood July 28, 2012 at 04:05 AM
Kelly - you already have a Trader Joe's across the street from where the new Walmart is going up. Safeway had a presence in Elk Grove once in the form of Pac n' Save in the building that became Gottschalk's. In the interest of bringing us lower prices for groceries, Safeway closed the EG Pac n Save in 2006. Thanks, Safeway, your insincerity is boundless….
julian villalobos September 21, 2012 at 01:59 AM
they will expand the road if they haven't already happened where i lived. two lanes on each side doubled to four in some parts and they added stop lights
D. January 16, 2013 at 07:40 PM
Just so you'll know not all people though I don't live there, Isn't listening to loud music. It's 2013 and people still Racist! And still unhappy with there own life. Because if you had peace you wouldnt judge Walmart with the prices but the fact people are employed. Guess what? There is a 99cents store on Rodero dr......In my old neighbor hood.
D. January 16, 2013 at 07:55 PM
Bye! Are you really that low of a person to judge people by there income. I live in a 3000 sq ft home with 1 income bought with 1 income. However, because of the market jobs in this area my income isn't streching like it use to. I have never stole, been to jail yet your judging walmart shoppers....Just because I make $75.000 don't mean I can't chose to go run into walmart or target or any store that's close. Have you been in Roseville, El dorado Hills, They have theives there! Maybe you didn't know that RICH people still and Kill and destroy just like the Low Imcome your talking about. I have a family member who made $100.000 right out of college who is now in a wheelchair because of illness he is low income now, $30.000 yr your judging people based on their color, skin, and income.
Roy Lind March 13, 2013 at 01:39 PM
Sure enough there are criminals and wrong doers at every single income level. Just because you live in a high priced home and neighborhood doesn't mean that the people are all honest and upright; just check the prison records and daily newspaper and court records. Also , a wal mart store does not have to automatically breed crime in the parking lot and area anymore than any of the other stores. Security and surveillance is the key. You people who all of a sudden think you are so high and mighty, where did you come from? Roy Lind
patchreader March 13, 2013 at 03:01 PM
Roy, have you ever seen security do anything at the existing Wal Mart? The man sits in his car and does nothing, while the parking lot is full of criminal activity. Wal Mart doesn't even pay to have their parking lot cleaned, why bother to keep its customers safe.
Betty March 14, 2013 at 04:10 PM
I just hope the New Walmart on Bruceville and Whitelock does not turn out "GHETTO" like the one at Elk Grove Blvd/99.....I went to Grand opening yesterday and they have ghetto people working there already. The 2 cashiers i bumped into were not nice at all!


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