January 8, 2009

Second San Leandro Walmart to Open January 14, 2009

San Leandro's second Walmart will open on Wednesday, January 14, 2009, at the site of a former Target store. After a ribbon-cutting at 7:30am, the store will open for business at 8am.

In a press release highlighting the store opening, San Leandro Chamber of Commerce President David Johnson states, “The San Leandro Chamber is committed to the vibrancy of our business community, and we welcome Walmart and the more than 300 jobs this store is bringing to our community...We urge San Leandro residents and businesses to ‘Shop San Leandro First!’, supporting our businesses and keeping our tax dollars local, thereby helping to maintain our vital city services.”

Walmart is donating $15,000 to local organizations such as the Davis Street Family Resource Center, Catholic Charities, Boys and Girls Club, Girls, Inc., and the San Lorenzo Unified School District to demonstrate "its support of the area."

Despite the faltering economy, Walmart, the largest U.S. retailer, reported a 1.9% increase in same store sales in December 2008 compared to 2007. Walmart also recently agreed to settle 63 class-action lawsuits that alleged violations of labor laws. The settlements could cost up to $640 million.

The new Walmart is located at 15555 Hesperian Boulevard at the intersection with Lewelling.

Posted by Mike Katz-Lacabe at January 8, 2009 11:55 PM | TrackBack

We're a two-Wal-Mart town. Hooray?

Posted by: Frank at January 10, 2009 9:40 AM

Great, more fun and interesting shopping in our fun and interesting city. A 2 Wal Mart city, does that make it offiicially 2 ghetto??

Posted by: Barry at January 11, 2009 7:26 PM

I don't shop at Wal-Mart on Davis, I won't shop at the Wal-Mart on Hesperian. Wal-Mat is bad with a capital B. The 300 jobs created only end up lowering wages for everyone else. Who on the city council was the genius behind letting Wal-Mart move in?

Posted by: Richard D. Chennault at January 12, 2009 8:50 PM

The City Council had no choice in the matter. Since Wal-Mart didn't change the use of the property and will use it in the same manner as its previous occupant, Target, there was nothing that they could do.

Posted by: Mike Katz-Lacabe at January 12, 2009 10:25 PM
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