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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 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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