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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.

Mely September 28, 2012 at 10:45 PM
In a way is a good idea it will be open 24 hrs, when one has children and get sick in the middle of te night of any other emergency is a great idea. One thing that worries me is how bad is gonna get with the across the border neighbors!! any wal-mart they see open they are there just making such bad traffic, the shopping center parking is gonna be chaotic!!trying to get a parking spot just to shop at Vons is gonna be horrible!:(
Steven September 28, 2012 at 11:10 PM
Ughh. The in and out of the strip mall there needs an upgrade before we all go crazy!
Pat P September 29, 2012 at 12:09 AM
I am very glad we are getting a Wal-mart closer than the one on Broadway in Chula Vista or the one up by Kaiser on Palm & Dennery. Not too sure about it being open 24 hours, but it will help those who work late or odd hours.
Shorebird September 29, 2012 at 12:32 AM
24 hrs a day..that will keep the SDPD busy and "will not sell produce" long way from not selling groceries.. With the low quality, import stuff they off as groceries now in all their other locations I hope Von's doesn't leave town. We need quality fare here, Less GMO's. Read labels even in groceries, imported from Canada, Mexico, Thailand, China..If you're buying what are you feeding your family???
Eileen Bannan-Hanson September 29, 2012 at 01:08 AM
I am happy Walmart will be closer to IB, and I like the 24 hr. idea. I do wish they would sell produce. Are they going to sell groceries? I was at the center today and checked out the parking as I left. There are alot of spaces to the West of Walmart - between Home Depot and Walmart. I never have seen many cars in this particular lot. traffic will probably be challenging, but I am still happy about the new Walmart.
alexpinca September 29, 2012 at 01:25 AM
It will relieve the congestion....people who have flexibility in their schedules will avoid shopping during rush hour...I for one will plan on never shopping between 4 and 6. Too bad about the produce but I'll be able to shop Von's for whatever I can't find at Walmart.
John Haupt September 29, 2012 at 04:28 AM
Too bad Walmart was not acquired for the 9th & Palm project. It would have added additional revenue & tax base IB desparately needs. Instead, IB residents and others will spend their dollars outside of town. The Saturn Ave location will add competition and ease of access from Rte 5 making it more difficult for IB to enlist business ventures further west such as at 9th & Palm.
Shorebird September 29, 2012 at 05:07 AM
it was cheaper to convert an available structure rather than build from ground up and visibility from freeway much more important to walmart than enriching IB coffers Saturn and Palm will become a traffic nightmare..SDPD will get lots of OT and we know the city of IB cannot afford that much law enforcement.
John Galt September 29, 2012 at 12:51 PM
I find the same brand-name at Walmart as I do at Von's as far as groceries go, just less cost.
Jon Hall September 29, 2012 at 02:07 PM
About time --- Prescriptions, Groceries (Food, Dairy, etc), Pet Supplies, Shoes, Site to Store items (which is almost everything on-line) at a damn good price --- and, now we find out it is a 24 hour store --- SWEET ... As for Vons --- I'll be glad to see them shutter the doors --- haven't had any use for them since that bogus strike --- they have no selection of cost effective items, their meat prices are outlandish, and when they cut back their hours it became a major inconvenience Bottom line --- When Walmart sees an *under-served area* they provide what is missing --- and around here that is low priced no-frills items --- which most times is equal to, or better, than the name brand crap being sold elsewhere --- that is why while the rest of the stores are grasping for customers they are growing ...
Janit September 29, 2012 at 04:49 PM
I can't believe how lazy people are. Everyone is happy that walmart is going to be closer to them in IB. 5 mins is just too far away???? Come on now. There is another walmart only 5 mins away from IB. The bus goes right there if you don't want to walk. You can ride your bike. You can take a taxi. And if that is not good enough there are a few in Chula Vista 10 mins away and there will be a store San Diego 10 Mins away. Walmarts are good but you don't need one every 5 mins from each other. I will be there though early during their grand opening. Free 25inch flat screen for the first 100 customers. I need a new tv.
IBRalph September 29, 2012 at 04:50 PM
The city of IB gets its law enforcement services from the county sheriffs dept. If any extra SDPD hours are required at Saturn & Palm, that doesn't cost the city of IB anything. And with the lower prices of Walmart, it might cause Vons to have more "specials".
IBRalph September 29, 2012 at 04:54 PM
.....and speaking of free tv's, think of the entertainment value of having a WalMart in our area......lots of walmartians on display!! Don't forget your cameras!
Ed Sorrels September 29, 2012 at 11:23 PM
Ah! Mely OUR (I.B.) C.V.S. is 24hr. or at least they used to be, and for me I don't think low cost drugs are the best of planning. But all the rest is true, The walton's should have coughed up for a in ramp from 5 south and a ramp under one of the homeless shelter bridges for one to the north and go to help thing's along, But choose to use the money for political donation's to our pol's instead, More bang for the buck, LOL !
Mike G September 29, 2012 at 11:46 PM
Petty traffic concerns aside I'm all for this. Perhaps in the future a ramp from 5 to the north side of the shopping center will be considered. Even if it isn't, this is still more convenient for me than the Dennery road location. I hated going there when I lived 2 blocks from it!
Riki Mintzer September 30, 2012 at 01:01 AM
I love Walmart and will shop there if I can easily enter, park and depart... But, I don't think that will be happening. As it is right now, it's sometimes a nightmare getting in and out of the parking lot and back onto Palm Ave. or I-5 (depending on the hour of the day). Walmart should have paid for road widening and lane expansion before opening the store. Cheap Bastards.
Riki Mintzer September 30, 2012 at 01:05 AM
John, will you be involved in the 9th & Palm project and possibly open a restaurant or retail business there?
Ruth Jones September 30, 2012 at 03:45 AM
Think the traffic will be awful. Think Walmart will put the local shops out of business. And for discount stuff, will still go to target when I can.
Sancho Villa September 30, 2012 at 03:32 PM
We couldn't they have located it closer to the beach, near Seacoast?
Shorebird October 01, 2012 at 10:01 PM
I really appreciate Riki Minster's comment..The City of San Diego ahould have referred to Caltrans on traffic and demanded Walmart pay for another entrance to their new location..but even San Diego City Council can be bought..they don't care because it's not in their backyard
Concerned Citizen October 11, 2012 at 04:30 PM
We as residence of Avenida Del Mexico are already having many problems getting in and out of our street due to traffic,ever since the gas station/car wash on that intersection went in.When the Walmart opens...geeez I can only imagine the accidents that will take place on that corner.
tina gambino October 12, 2012 at 10:36 PM
well I see quite a few problems here. Major traffic..its already a pain getting out by the Navy Fed Credit Union. Wal mart, being the 2nd BIGGIST employer in the world next to the Gov should have thrown out some money to Cal Trans. 24HRS Great, that will keep alll the IB tweekers buzy and Loss Prevention at Wal Mart happy! then of course theres the homeless population. Hey hows about Wally world hiring the tweekers to clean windows all night and hire the homeless to gather up shopping carts. See there, its a win win situation and Im not even a politician!
Erika Lowery October 25, 2012 at 10:37 PM
Ed, It is one thing to have a sick kid. It is something else when your kid comes to you at 10 pm saying they have a project due tomorrow and need something as random as sandpaper to look like sand. I kid you not, I went to Home Depot, 99c Only, Target, Michaels, CVS and somewhere else looking for "regular brown sand paper". Only Walmart had it. Thanks Home Depot....
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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