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New Walmart Near Palm Avenue to Open Friday

The new store will be open 24 hours a day during the holiday season, from Thanksgiving to Christmas, and will offer some produce.

A new Walmart will open its doors to the public for the first time at 8 a.m. Friday, a company representative said.

The new 76,000-square-foot store will replace what was a vacant Mervyn's in the Southland Plaza Shopping Center.

Walmart will be open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week and 24 hours a day during the holidays from Thanksgiving to Christmas.

Despite previous reports from the supermarket giant, some fruits and vegetables and other produce will be made available to customers.

The store is opening ahead of time, said spokeswoman Delia Garcia. Previously the store was expected to open in November.

"Until we open the store, really everything is subject to change: prices, hours of operation," Garcia said.

As part of the grand opening, a ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at at 7:30 a.m. Friday. 

Walmart and Walmart Foundation will donate $57,000 to the following organizations: Boys and Girls Club of South County, Emory Elementary School, San Diego Public Library Foundation, VIP Village Preschool, Imperial Beach Senior Center, Casa Familiar, San Diego Workforce Partnership, Montgomery High School Mariachi Band and Mar Vista High School NJROTC.

Roughly 200 employees were hired to work at the store.

San Diego's first Walmart Neighborhood Market opened in La Mesa last week.

Libi Uremovic October 25, 2012 at 11:23 PM
"...Walmart and Walmart Foundation will donate $57,000 to the following organizations...Imperial Beach Senior Center...'' senior center never gets their donations - they go into the city's pocket..
Marcus Boyd October 26, 2012 at 02:47 AM
@Patch How did Walmart chose the list of grant beneficiaries? Where they the only requesters or was there a list of qualifications that needed to be met or was it just random?
Ayana Ibarra October 26, 2012 at 03:23 AM
That's a good question Marcus. Had I known anything, I would've applied for our organization; Especially since our goal is to feed at least 250 families this Thanksgiving!
ceemee too October 26, 2012 at 03:54 AM
Good luck getting there, I can only imagine what fiasco it will be as traffic is a nightmare already driving to this location!
Erika Lowery October 26, 2012 at 04:17 AM
Well I hate it but I am going to go there tomorrow morning. My hope is that they actually ordered Halloween stuff, since I am the ultimate procrastinator when it came to this year's party.
Shorebird October 26, 2012 at 03:04 PM
Walmart is a joke..you cant even get customer service unless you speak Spanish. Ask in any department in a Walmart store in Chula Vista and the response is ohh No Inglis.
Libi Uremovic October 26, 2012 at 03:42 PM
how would walmart randomly find the senior center... i bet we're going to find out that the city solicits for donations specifically for the senior center and sports park then sticks the money in their pockets... for 14 years a local couple paid for the doggie bags that are located throughout ib ...they repeatedly asked the city to take the responsibility of providing doggie bags like every other city in america, but the ib city officials refused stating that there was no money.. for 14 years our city officials could not find the $2,000/year it would take to maintain the doggie bags.....until a couple months ago when the city knocked on 'ocean blues' door and stated they would take the bag duty over immediately... ...eventually it's going to come out that the city has been receiving funding specifically for the doggie bags and has been putting the money in their pockets the entire time....
Ike Watts October 26, 2012 at 04:51 PM
Maybe Janice Barker will do some shopping now.
Eileen Bannan-Hanson October 26, 2012 at 05:26 PM
I for one am happy about the new Walmart, as are all my friends and family. The people who are critical don't have to shop there. It is called "free choice"
Nickolas Furr October 26, 2012 at 05:52 PM
Considering that the traffic pattern from the Von's to the Palm intersection is already the most abominable stretch of clusterbugger in south county, how is this *not* going to make things at the busiest intersection in town so much worse? Or does the city now have 57,000 reasons not to give a damn.
Kay Kardian-Porter October 26, 2012 at 06:14 PM
i agree with Libi...if the Senior Center Center gets a dime of this money that is donaged my Walmart it will surprise me. It will go right in those greedy people who run this city pockets. Its like one time MADD donated $80.000 to educated High School students about drinking and driving. It was given to the mayor Mr. Janney I wonder if it went where it was suppose to go!!
John Galt October 26, 2012 at 06:45 PM
IB has no say. It is all San Diego and Cal Trans. Too bad because that area does suck for traffic.
Erika Lowery October 26, 2012 at 09:17 PM
As some crazy person who went this morning, it is crazy. It is so much smaller than even the Palomar store is. They were taking lists of items that customers expected them to carry, but don't. On a positive note, I got more pjs for my little man. The joy of an autistic boy who only wants to wear one pair of pjs every day. I won't be returning to this one. Except if at 10 pm I have to find "brown sandpaper" again.
Libi Uremovic October 26, 2012 at 09:36 PM
an anti booze program handed janney money??? can't stop laughing at the irony... maybe he thought 'educating kids about drinking & driving' meant they were paying him $80 grand to get kids drunks then teach them how to avoid the cops... i bet the city applied for the senior center grant before i started auditing their books...the seniors will probably get the money now that everyone is looking at the books with a microscope...
Marcus Boyd October 27, 2012 at 03:12 AM
So... we now know what $57,000 in local donations get you! No bad publicity on opening day! http://imperialbeach.patch.com/articles/3-year-old-shot-with-taser-by-sdpd-officer
Salinde October 27, 2012 at 03:18 AM
I went to the store at 6pm today. It was packed. Nice store does sale food and has some fresh produce. It has everything a bigger Walmart does just not in large quantities. Yes, it is smaller , some isles narrow, regardless of how packed it was, I was able to check out within 5 minutes or so. Traffic getting out of the plaza no worse then it normally is...
Prime October 27, 2012 at 05:16 AM
I was wondering why there was so much traffic heading west all day on Coronado Ave (off the 5 FWY), I figured the Walmart must have finally opened, so I ran over at 930PM to check it out, no problems at all, smaller store than average, but well laid out. Two Walmart employees asked me if they could assist me as I perused the aisles(nice!), and the four others I chatted up (mostly hispanic) spoke perfect English and you could tell they were happy to have a job. I see no problems at all, Glad to have one so close. It remains to be seen how the traffic issues pan out tho (fingers crossed).
Mike G October 31, 2012 at 02:31 AM
Take a pill. I was at that intersection three times today between 3 & 4:30 PM making the U-turn to go the PS storage place. The traffic was no worse than before. Stop your whining!

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