Downtown Walmart Grocery Store Draws Fire, Sparks Excitement

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It's a fight to the checkout line for those for and against a new Walmart Neighborhood Market planned for downtown LA. The new 33,000 square foot store is expected to go into the bottom floor of a senior housing complex just north of the 101 Freeway, a stones throw from central Chinatown. The world's biggest retailer has been trying a smaller footprint in high-density areas, but up to now has stayed out of LA, instead locating in other big cities like Chicago. Supercenters, those with more than 100,000 square feet, have more of a city hurdle to jump in trying to get built. An LA ordinance requires retailers to provide an economic analysis on how it would affect the job market and nearby businesses.

Note: Walmart was invited to participate in today's discussion but their spokesman was unavailable.

Credits

Guests:
James Elmendorf - policy director at Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy - @LAANE, Carol Schatz - President/CEO, Central City Association, Patti Berman - Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council - @DLANC_Official

Hosts:
Warren Olney, Steve Chiotakis

Producers:
Anna Scott, Karen Radziner, Christian Bordal