24-Hour Walmart to Open in November

A new Walmart in the Southland Plaza Shopping Center is expected to open in November, a representative of the company said, and will be open 24 hours a day.

Updated 3:20 p.m. to include answer to a question about parking lot security.

A Walmart that moved into what used to be a Mervyn's in the back of the Southland Plaza Shopping Center will open in November, Delia Garcia, media director for Walmart West told IB Patch Friday. A specific date has not been identified.

The store will be open 24 hours a day.

Cameras are posted on the building's exterior, and security patrols, possibly provided by a private company, will patrol the store's parking lot, Garcia said.

About 215 full- and part-time employees have been hired, she said, and began stocking shelves earlier this month.

According to the company's website, nearly half of the Walmarts in San Diego County are open 24 hours. The new 75,000-square-foot location off Palm Avenue will not sell produce.

San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders, business group leaders and Casa Familiar met outside what was a vacant store in February to announce the opening of San Diego's 20th Walmart.

In a nonscientific poll published in February, out of 427 votes, two-thirds of IB Patch readers called Walmart coming to the area a good thing. Click here to vote or see full results.

Last week a protest was held to oppose the opening of a new Walmart in San Diego.

What's your view on opening a Walmart in the shopping center? Do you think it will have a good or bad impact on the area? Share in comments.

alexpinca October 25, 2012 at 11:13 PM
The reason Albertson's closed its doors at Saturn & Coronado is the same reason they're folding nationally. The prices were out of sinc with their stores...they were priced almost as much as Von's and their store was nowhere near as well set up. Von's is going to the upscale shopper who doesn't care about price...they've got to be hurting a little with the economy sputtering. Having Vons/Walmart right next to each other is great, shop first at Walmart for the items they have and if there is more to get, you can go to Vons.
Caty Did May 01, 2013 at 03:17 PM
24-hour location? This place closes at nine pm!
Shorebird May 01, 2013 at 03:30 PM
and 24 hour panhandlers to stalk you in the parking lot. I went to store manager two weeks ago and called PD after having a "I'm a vet with a wife and baby in broken down car, just need $9.76 for a car part" walk out in front of me and stop my car . I said I had no cash he pointed out the atms at two nearby banks. I drove away , found a parking place and before I could get out of my car, there he was next to my car. "You can get cash back inside wal-mart, I'll wait here". I said you can get arrested for harassment too. I dont shop that Walmart any longer, when panhandlers are that aggressive and the entire mall association does nothing, it's time to go somewhere else.
Rory Townsley August 09, 2013 at 03:22 PM
The CVS in Imperial Beach is 24 hours. I rather go there then Walmart. Since the Walmart has opened up the traffic on the corner of Saturn and Palm Ave is horrible. Back up traffic to the freeway causing more accidents and fender benders. I rather drive 5 mins more to target and pay a few extra $$$ then deal with the traffic. I also have never had one person walk up to my car in the target parking lot asking me for money.
Mike G August 09, 2013 at 05:47 PM
Rory by all means please drive the extra 5 minutes to Target. I use the Rite-aid at 19th & Coronado because I have that option. As do you. If anyone asks you for money in ANY parking lot, politely tell them no and carry on with your business. See how easy this is?


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