Cellphones replace Locksmith after Umpteen Years in Business on Palm Avenue

Do you think Walmart's responsible for the demise of D&L Locksmith?

At the corner of Palm Ave. and Florida St., a Spanish themed metroPCS cellular phone distributor has replaced D & L Saw Service & Locksmith, a long-time Imperial Beach business located next to Billie Jean's Hair Styling.
It appears that the new Walmart's key department is living up to the standard expectations of corporate, "crush the local competition"!
Welcome to IB  metroPCS - good luck with your new business venture - watch out for the Palm Ave. Walmart - if they see you succeed, they may go Español on you too!

Do you think Walmart's responsible for the demise of D&L Locksmith?

Will any employees receive a pay increase now the local competition is effectively crushed?
JOhn August 17, 2013 at 02:01 AM
Marcus why hate on Wal-mart? I used that place a couple if times and it always smelled like weed in there. We used them for a large order needed 30 keys made for my company and everyone of them that the kid made was wrong, I told them that we try to support local business so I will eat the cost just call me when you can make me new ones. The kid never did call me back took our business to the small shop next to the South Bay lounge. If you take care of your customers then they take care of you. The kid that was always there was more concerned about getting high then doing his job,
Marcus Boyd August 17, 2013 at 02:14 AM
I too needed a large number of keys for my businesses over the past 11 years, I always used D & L - without issues or odor problems... Wal-mart, on the other hand, has a well documented, world-wide reputation of being a ruthless greedy local business annihilator.... Just say'n... Although most do, not everybody ignores it.
Libi Uremovic August 17, 2013 at 09:59 AM
' ..... my company.....' i hate to shock the imaginary characters of the world, but 'real people' that own businesses don't hide behind the blogs - they are part of the community ...' our culture has developed a category of audit male that don't deserve to be called 'men' ... lies are an unacceptable form of communication .... for a grown man to make up a lie to discrete and citizen and promote the governments' control of the citizenry is unamerican... at no time in history have cultures thrived when dominated by lies and deceit....
Shorebird August 17, 2013 at 10:13 AM
Is Imperial Beach still a part of the United States? Don't blame Walmart, thank Obammie for all his amnesty BS and for disemboweling the The I.N.S. and I.C.E...so many illegals is IB now..The system is merely a tag and release game, maybe (if it isnt welfare money) at least they are bring some cash to the town. doubt it? Look at your parking lots, 7 out of 10 license plates are from Baja California
Paula Winchester August 17, 2013 at 10:34 AM
Sorry, I'm with John on this one. I've used them a few times and was always a little put off by their lack of customer service. I would walk in and it was almost like you were bothering them. No greeting or smile just staring at you until you actually said something. I continued using them because the person that would come to your house and fix the locks was very capable and nice. Walmart is not the reason they went out of business, Home Depot would have done that long before Walmart was there. Don't blame Walmart for everything. BTW, I don't like that Walmart either, it just feels wrong, I can't put my finger on it but I don't shop there.
Libi Uremovic August 17, 2013 at 12:01 PM
lack of customer service and knowledge of operating a business is the culture in ib......the donut nazi's at the palm ave split and wally's are good examples....
Marcus Boyd August 17, 2013 at 12:46 PM
@Paula W., I agree with your assessment of D&L's poor customer service. The reason I threw Walmart under the bus, is because they really do deserve it. I'm working on a new article called "A Store with this Number of Recalls - Should be Recalled".
Marcus Boyd August 17, 2013 at 12:53 PM
@Shorebird - Really? So, you're not up-to-date with the immigration issue? Consider not watching FOX, it's the visual equivalent to the National Enquirer.
JOhn August 17, 2013 at 01:14 PM
Marcus ever think it's just technology that also put him out of business?? I bet the biggest part of his business was letting people into their cars, but with technology today it is almost impossible to lock your keys in your car and that same technology is working it's way into houses. Not a fan of Walmart but you can't blame them for every business that fails.. Home Depot was there for years making keys as well. Just saying.
Libi Uremovic August 17, 2013 at 01:30 PM
3 of the top 10 wealthiest people are from walmart money, but arksansas is still one of the poorest states in the union.... a guy that works in the corporate office told me they bring all their management in from india ...he said he's never been paid so little and treated so poorly in his life - and he's from texas... walmart has a special category of employee ...i forgot what the name is, but it means: 'we'll never give you enough hours to qualify for federally mandated insurance'...
Libi Uremovic August 17, 2013 at 01:41 PM
walmart squeezes their vendors so much that the vendors send them crap....i used to buy a 2-3 dozen 'fruit of a loom' t-shirts at a time...the walmart and kmart stores sat side by side, but walmart was $.01 cheaper...if i bought the tshirts at walmart there would be a damaged shirt in every other package ...little hole, sleeve incorrectly sewn on, .....if i bought the same packages at kmart all the shirts were perfect... i once worked in a factory that made baby items out of foam & fabric ...crip covers, head rests, etc...they had big name clients; kids are us, sears, jcpennys....everyone received the same product, but when the walmart contract was filled they switched out the material for a cheaper quality - it was the same print, but it was a rough burlap material....not at all appropriate for a baby....
YOGI IB August 17, 2013 at 04:16 PM
I agree. The customer support at this spot was very unprofessional. Is it a coincidence that the T-shirt store across the way has the same type of customer service? Either way, this is great news for the keyshop down the street, by SouthBay Lounge. The pricing is better and you can eat at Mariscos Isaac, recycle your recyclables or have a drink at the bar while you wait! Thank You D&L! :D
Mark August 18, 2013 at 01:18 AM
Walmart did not do it. If they survived with Home Depot, they would have survived Walmart.
Mark August 18, 2013 at 09:19 AM
Some Walmarts sell cell phones too.
IBGoodWatchMan August 18, 2013 at 12:05 PM
What would help Imperial Beach is to get rid of the "meth weirdos" at 221 daisy avenue. These guys have some serious drug problems and gang connections. Check the police blotter for that address if you do not believe me. Children in that neighborhood are warned to stay away from the predators at that address. Pretty sad that the police are cleaning that up. I am all for cleaning up the vermin that destroys our beautiful beach community.
Lee DeLay August 19, 2013 at 05:24 PM
The answer NO. Poorly run businesses rarely last long with competition in town. John had an excellent point too about technology. You might as well throw in Starbucks if you want to bash and they fall on the other end of the pricing spectrum. Want to know how they do it? Great product, consistency, and customer service. How many closed IB businesses (not a bar) can say that?


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