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Walmart Moves Ahead With Second Store

Elk Grove's second Walmart could open in spring 2013, company says.

Walmart has started preliminary site work for , which could open as early as spring 2013, company officials announced Tuesday.

Construction already taking place at the southeast corner of Bruceville Road and Whitelock Parkway involves earth grading for access and circulation, said Elk Grove Public Information Officer Christine Brainerd.

Building permits are still under review and have not been issued, she added.

“The city is processing that permit so we do expect to receive that soon and be underway with construction shortly afterward,” Walmart spokesperson Delia Garcia said.

Walmart originally wanted to build a new 99,585-square-foot “supercenter” in Elk Grove and sell a full line of groceries and other taxable goods, using entitlements granted in 2008 for a Target.

A group of nearby residents, however, sued the city and Walmart over concerns about noise and traffic, and a Sacramento County Superior Court judge , saying Walmart’s plans to sell groceries differed significantly from the proposed Target store.

Walmart is appealing that decision, while meanwhile pushing ahead with a store that, while larger, will sell a smaller range of grocery items and will not be dubbed a supercenter.

“The lawsuit remains on appeal, but our focus is to serve our customers,” Garcia said. “That’s why we are moving forward with a project that is consistent with what was originally approved for that location.

“Our customers have been looking forward to a second store now for a couple of years.”

In addition to a pharmacy and outdoor center, the proposed 148,200-square-foot store would sell products such as household goods, electronics, and limited grocery items including dry goods, dairy products and frozen foods.

Walmart says its existing Elk Grove Blvd store will remain open.

Peter Gaffney, one of the residents who sued Walmart, said he is skeptical the company will stick to its plan for a more limited store.

“They may be saying that in a press release, but it’s very disingenuous,” Gaffney said. “They’ve spent a whole lot of money going to appellate court to convince a judge they should be allowed to build something different.”

In July, the City Council to build the proposed Vineyard at Madeira Shopping Center. The conditional use permit extension included new conditions, including:

  • Limiting hours of operation from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sundays
  • Prohibiting overnight parking and putting up signs so police can enforce the ban
  • Submitting delivery truck, security and maintenance plans

Gaffney said those conditions will still apply to the store currently underway.

“The conditions imposed by the city addressed the three main concerns we had,” Gaffney said. “Those will be accommodated, whatever is approved...unless an appellate court trumps everything.”

D. January 16, 2013 at 07:40 PM
Just so you'll know not all people though I don't live there, Isn't listening to loud music. It's 2013 and people still Racist! And still unhappy with there own life. Because if you had peace you wouldnt judge Walmart with the prices but the fact people are employed. Guess what? There is a 99cents store on Rodero dr......In my old neighbor hood.
D. January 16, 2013 at 07:55 PM
Bye! Are you really that low of a person to judge people by there income. I live in a 3000 sq ft home with 1 income bought with 1 income. However, because of the market jobs in this area my income isn't streching like it use to. I have never stole, been to jail yet your judging walmart shoppers....Just because I make $75.000 don't mean I can't chose to go run into walmart or target or any store that's close. Have you been in Roseville, El dorado Hills, They have theives there! Maybe you didn't know that RICH people still and Kill and destroy just like the Low Imcome your talking about. I have a family member who made $100.000 right out of college who is now in a wheelchair because of illness he is low income now, $30.000 yr your judging people based on their color, skin, and income.
Roy Lind March 13, 2013 at 01:39 PM
Sure enough there are criminals and wrong doers at every single income level. Just because you live in a high priced home and neighborhood doesn't mean that the people are all honest and upright; just check the prison records and daily newspaper and court records. Also , a wal mart store does not have to automatically breed crime in the parking lot and area anymore than any of the other stores. Security and surveillance is the key. You people who all of a sudden think you are so high and mighty, where did you come from? Roy Lind
patchreader March 13, 2013 at 03:01 PM
Roy, have you ever seen security do anything at the existing Wal Mart? The man sits in his car and does nothing, while the parking lot is full of criminal activity. Wal Mart doesn't even pay to have their parking lot cleaned, why bother to keep its customers safe.
Betty March 14, 2013 at 04:10 PM
I just hope the New Walmart on Bruceville and Whitelock does not turn out "GHETTO" like the one at Elk Grove Blvd/99.....I went to Grand opening yesterday and they have ghetto people working there already. The 2 cashiers i bumped into were not nice at all!

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