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Wal-Mart's neighborhood market opens in H.B.
Orange County Register ^ | July 27, 2012 | SAMANTHA MASUNAGA

Posted on 07/28/2012 1:23:29 PM PDT by jeannineinsd

HUNTINGTON BEACH Families and couples clustered near the produce section, inspecting the fruits on display. Other shoppers flocked to the meat section. Kim Dematteo went to the condiments aisle in search of organic products like coconut oil.

"I'm trying to go organic ... have a healthy lifestyle," the 40-year-old Huntington Beach resident said. "Here, they have herbs and vegetables and the prices are great." After the ribbon was cut Friday morning, Huntington Beach became the first city in California to have a Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market. In contrast to a typical Wal-Mart store, the neighborhood market carries fresh produce, bakery items and features a pharmacy and a grab-and-go hot food section. The market also tries to stock locally grown organic fruits and vegetables, said Rachel Wall, senior manager of community affairs for Wal-Mart. The fruits of their attempts were displayed prominently in the form of Camarillo-grown strawberries, located close to the entrance of the store.

The Beach Boulevard market in the same shopping center as Big Lots and Mamas on 39 also caters to its beach surroundings, carrying boogie boards, sand toys and an entire rack of sunscreen.

Friday's grand opening ceremony tried to evoke a sense of community, with an invocation by a local pastor and appearances by several Huntington Beach City Council members, including Mayor Don Hansen, as well as State Sen. Bob Huff and California State Assembly Member Connie Conway. "Eight years ago, when I took office, I said I wanted to revitalize the older shopping centers," Hansen said.

"(Walmart's) going to be serving our community in ways it has never been served before."

The market created 65 new jobs, positions that received 9,000 applications in total, Wall said.

(Excerpt) Read more at ocregister.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; US: California
KEYWORDS: california; jobs; walmart
Several California cities have enacted zoning laws to keep Wal-Mart out of their cities. The retail clerks union has backed these zoning changes, to protect union stores and union jobs from competition from Wal-Mart.

For these locations, Wal-Mart has come up with a new, smaller store format called a Neighborhood Market, which is mainly groceries and pharmacy. The first store of this new format opened in Huntington Beach yesterday.

As a sign of the continuing economic difficulties here in California, please note that the store received 9,000 applications for 65 new jobs.

1 posted on 07/28/2012 1:23:36 PM PDT by jeannineinsd
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To: jeannineinsd

Walmart’s brilliant - they understand the population’s getting older - and lots of people don’t want to shop in stores the size of a football fields.

Now if they’ll just take the water out of their meats and package according to realistic use... (hint: the old days of six in a family are o-var)


2 posted on 07/28/2012 1:41:20 PM PDT by GOPJ (Political correctness is simply George Orwell's Newspeak by a non-threatening name. FR- Bernard Marx)
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To: jeannineinsd

Walmart’s brilliant - they understand the population’s getting older - and lots of people don’t want to shop in stores the size of football fields.

Now if they’ll just take the water out of their meats and package according to realistic use... (hint: the old days of six in a family are o-var)


3 posted on 07/28/2012 1:41:35 PM PDT by GOPJ (Political correctness is simply George Orwell's Newspeak by a non-threatening name. FR- Bernard Marx)
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To: jeannineinsd

Not a big Wal-Mart fan but a much bigger fan of competition, and always happy to see the unionistas defeated.

Now if Wal-Mart would provide a market channel for local food growers and farmers, they might actually be helping the community. 65 jobs with low pay and minimal benefits...not so much.


4 posted on 07/28/2012 1:52:00 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: jeannineinsd

The prices are “great” for California but in other parts of the country Walmart may not offer a deal comparable to the local chain grocery.


5 posted on 07/28/2012 1:54:54 PM PDT by newzjunkey (Pontius Pilate 'voters' are arrogant, delusional, lilly-livered collaborators.)
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To: jeannineinsd

Hannefords is doing this in NE. Especially in upscale communities.

Hanneford knows its days are numbers because of walmart so they are looking in smaller markets.


6 posted on 07/28/2012 1:55:02 PM PDT by Chickensoup (STOP The Great O-ppression)
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To: jeannineinsd

A Wal-Mart opened up in an ever-so-hip California city and the world did not end!


7 posted on 07/28/2012 1:57:11 PM PDT by Wordkraft (Remember who the Collaborators are.)
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To: jeannineinsd

One of these opened in my area. Went to take a look last weekend. It is a manageable size store. The one odd thing is the shelf height. The top shelf is almost six feet high making it hard for shorter people to see some of the products.


8 posted on 07/28/2012 2:02:29 PM PDT by UB355 (Slower traffic keep right)
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To: jeannineinsd
For these locations, Wal-Mart has come up with a new, smaller store format called a Neighborhood Market,

Not to be nitpicking but this "new concept" has been around for a long time....Wal-Mart have these type stores all over Florida for several years now...

It started as a concept store that was under 100,000 sq ft to get around stupid liberals cities regulations ...that concept did not work in a Superstore format or Sam's Club format....so was born the Neighborhood Market... the rest is history..

It's great to see them making inroads in California against union thuggery and socialist stupidity...

9 posted on 07/28/2012 2:06:09 PM PDT by Popman (In a place you only dream of Where your soul is always free)
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To: Chickensoup
Hannefords is getting killed because of price and Unions. I save 10 to 20% at Market Basket for 90% of the items that I buy.
10 posted on 07/28/2012 2:06:39 PM PDT by Little Bill
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To: bigbob

So your saying that zero dollars per hour is superior to Walmart average wage in California of $12.79 per hour and a 6% 401K match?


11 posted on 07/28/2012 2:09:19 PM PDT by listenhillary (Courts, law enforcement, roads and national defense should be the extent of government)
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To: bigbob

“The market also tries to stock locally grown organic fruits and vegetables, said Rachel Wall, senior manager of community affairs for Wal-Mart.”


12 posted on 07/28/2012 2:10:49 PM PDT by listenhillary (Courts, law enforcement, roads and national defense should be the extent of government)
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To: jeannineinsd
In contrast to a typical Wal-Mart store, the neighborhood market carries fresh produce, bakery items and features a pharmacy and a grab-and-go hot food section.

How is this different from any other Wal-Mart, or Sam's Club? They are all like that.

I'm just back from 2 trips to CA -- a total of 4 weeks out of the last 7. The supermarkets there are dreadful, compared to Wisconsin. And I mostly shop Sam's, Costco, and Piggly Wiggly in WI.

13 posted on 07/28/2012 2:18:15 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic (ABO)
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To: jeannineinsd

The grocery store chains in some of the Orange County neighborhoods, charge such outrageous prices that young families cannot afford to shop their. I noted that a box of cereal could be as much as a dollar more at Ralph’s than it was at Target and a dollar and a half more than at Target in Phoenix. $5 dollars for a box of Wheat Chex that would only feed two people is unbelievable.


14 posted on 07/28/2012 2:25:13 PM PDT by Eva
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To: Wordkraft
" A Wal-Mart opened up in an ever-so-hip California city and the world did not end! "

Yup...most neither noticed or cared.

15 posted on 07/28/2012 2:25:55 PM PDT by blam
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To: jeannineinsd

A small Wal-Mart is being built near us in Torrance, CA. I love it because Target is doing lots of improvement to prepare for the competition.

Not sure whether Ralphs will be any more responsive to this than they are to anything else. A more significant source of competition for Wal-Mart will be some larger Asian supermarkets in the area, which are attracting customers beyond their ethnic base due to cheaper produce and fish, and FreshnEasy (from Britain), and a produce store called Sprouts.


16 posted on 07/28/2012 2:37:01 PM PDT by married21 (As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.)
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I am convinced that the reason that most liberals hate Wal-Mart is because poor and otherwise undesirables shop there.


17 posted on 07/28/2012 2:48:40 PM PDT by dsrtsage (One half of all people have below average IQ. In the US the number is 54%)
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To: jeannineinsd

Wal-Mart Stores

NYSE:WMT
$74.52


18 posted on 07/28/2012 2:50:31 PM PDT by patriot08 (TEXAS GAL- born and bred and proud of it!)
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To: bigbob

You misunderstand Walmart and business in general.

The reason to be in business is to make a profit. Keeping control of costs is one factor among several. The competition pays bloated union wages and will not be as profitable or perhaps even able to withstand the competition.

Walmart has devised a strategy to serve customers in yet another manner.


19 posted on 07/28/2012 2:57:51 PM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... Present failure and impending death yield irrational action))
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To: jeannineinsd

I saw HB and had to click on the thread to see if it was my HB! It is. Huntington Beach.

Cool that Walmart is going in this direction. Because their big boxes suck. The people in there make me ashamed to be American. First off most of them aren’t even American. Second, the one and only time I even went into one, an obese lady in one of those disabled scooter carts nearly ran over my kids, screaming, “Out of my way! Low battery!”

I vowed never again.


20 posted on 07/28/2012 3:01:04 PM PDT by Yaelle
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To: bigbob

Local WalMart here pays slightly better than minimum and uses local produce. Just finished a watermelon from a local grower bought at the AWFUL WalMart. It was a great watermelon too!


21 posted on 07/28/2012 3:07:24 PM PDT by USAFJeeper (Who Dat Nation - Loving the Manning Face!)
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To: bigbob
65 jobs with low pay and minimal benefits...not so much.

At least 9,000 people with their pocketbooks on the line disagree with you.

Is YOUR pocketbook on the line?

22 posted on 07/28/2012 3:12:20 PM PDT by Balding_Eagle (Liberals, at their core, are aggressive & dangerous to everyone around them,)
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To: Little Bill

No one can compete with Market Basket. They buy all their properties cash, no unions, no mortgages, no frills. Low prices. They beat Wal Mart too (and much better meats).


23 posted on 07/28/2012 3:32:09 PM PDT by nhwingut (Sarah Palin 12... No One Else)
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To: Yaelle
Second, the one and only time I even went into one, an obese lady in one of those disabled scooter carts nearly ran over my kids, screaming, “Out of my way! Low battery!”

How do they respond to a dead battery in one of those obese-mobiles? "We need an associate for a beached whale on the frozen foods aisle."

24 posted on 07/28/2012 3:43:39 PM PDT by Disambiguator
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To: Chickensoup
Hannaford is going to thrive. I think that WAL-MART NEIGHBORHOOD Stores won't do as well in New England. We like our local stores such as Stop & Shop, Big Y, IGA, Price Chopper and Shop Rite.

Here in Florida, Hannaford's sister chain - Sweetbay - is giving Publix atough time.

25 posted on 07/28/2012 4:06:25 PM PDT by ExCTCitizen (Yes, Obama, I had help with my business. MY CUSTOMERS!!)
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To: bigbob
"Now if Wal-Mart would provide a market channel for local food growers and farmers, they might actually be helping the community. 65 jobs with low pay and minimal benefits...not so much."

They already do, they just don't make a big noise about it. One example.....my sis-in-law sends me packages of shelled pecans every fall (which we freeze and use all year) from a Wal-Mart in Zachary, LA. Those pecans are from a pecan shelling operation in New Roads, LA. That's about as local as it gets (26 miles apart, according to Google Maps).

26 posted on 07/28/2012 4:21:34 PM PDT by Wonder Warthog
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To: married21

A lot of hispanic suoermarkets are opening up in San Diego area, and their prices are terrific.. the produce is great, meats are realistic in price.. I just stocked my freezer with 99 cent pork chops, and 88 cent whole pork legs, that they were glad to cut up and slice. The asian stores are great too with good prices... I seldom shop at the big union stores any more..only if they have a great meat sale..which is very seldom


27 posted on 07/28/2012 4:21:44 PM PDT by JoanneSD (TEA PARTY VERSES TEE TIME)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Even the produce?


28 posted on 07/28/2012 4:21:48 PM PDT by MonicaG (God bless our military! Praying and thanking God for you every day. Thank you!)
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To: bigbob
they might actually be helping the community. 65 jobs with low pay and minimal benefits...not so much.

Oh. You mean as opposed to the no jobs at no pay and no benefits that were the option?

Can't say as I can make heads or tails of your comment.

29 posted on 07/28/2012 4:57:30 PM PDT by BfloGuy (The final outcome of the credit expansion is general impoverishment.)
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To: nhwingut
Market Basket is a great chain. Wish MB was in CT.

What is going on? Did FR merge with AMES FAN CLUB?

Amesfanclub.com is a website for AMES Department Stores and other defunct stores.

30 posted on 07/28/2012 5:08:52 PM PDT by ExCTCitizen (Yes, Obama, I had help with my business. MY CUSTOMERS!!)
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To: jeannineinsd

9000 applications for 65 jobs...How sad. Pathetic, really. Give the Imposter from Mombasa four more years and this country will be on ice...


31 posted on 07/28/2012 5:51:06 PM PDT by donozark (A Socialist is a Communist who doesn't have the balls to pull the trigger!)
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To: GOPJ
the old days of six in a family are o-var

Not for the Mexicans at my local Wal-Mart.

32 posted on 07/28/2012 6:05:27 PM PDT by PAR35
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To: JoanneSD
99 cent pork chops, and 88 cent whole pork legs

Did the 'pork' come from a pig, or some other animal?

33 posted on 07/28/2012 6:10:30 PM PDT by PAR35
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To: bert
"Walmart has devised a strategy to serve customers in yet another manner."

"I'm trying to go organic ... have a healthy lifestyle," the 40-year-old Huntington Beach resident said. "Here, they have herbs and vegetables and the prices are great."

At the same time, Walmart, a savvy marketer, recognizes that there is a certain segment of the populastion that wants to "go organic"...and lead "a healthy lifestyle".

Organic produce commands a premium price -- yet it is usually short of the quality found in non-organic produce. One is grown in a field that has been fertilixed and treated with pesticide, one has not. The crop grown in the former field is generally healthier and more productive, thus less expensive.

The latter is in demand because it is perceived as being "better for you", though it is not. And it is more expensive to grow...because the yields are lower.

As a rule, people anxiousw to pay a premium for "organic food" thru a supermarket are in the same group as the people willing to pay a premium for their electric power because the billing company is a "green energy" company.

34 posted on 07/28/2012 6:50:50 PM PDT by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: IGNORANCE ON PARADE)
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To: jeannineinsd

***The first store of this new format opened in Huntington Beach yesterday. ***

We got a few here in NW Arkansas. They are the only grocery in some areas.


35 posted on 07/28/2012 7:14:34 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar
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To: married21

***Not sure whether Ralphs will be any more responsive to this than they are to anything else.***

I went to RALPHS and WALMART while visiting San Clementie several years ago. I noticed some items at RALPHS were almost a third more in price what WALMART was.


36 posted on 07/28/2012 7:18:00 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar
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To: Yaelle

“...one of those disabled scooter carts...”

I call them “Lard-A-Bouts”.


37 posted on 07/28/2012 7:37:41 PM PDT by Nik Naym (It's not my fault... I have compulsive smartass disorder.)
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To: jeannineinsd

From later in the article: “Wal-Mart also presented checks to local charities and community service organizations, like the Boys and Girls Club of Huntington Valley and Kiwanis of Huntington Beach. The Bolsa Chica Conservancy received a $25,000 grant.”

Looks like they had to pay the usual bribes.


38 posted on 07/28/2012 9:06:47 PM PDT by Auntie Mame (Fear not tomorrow. God is already there.)
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To: MonicaG

The supermarkets are generally dirty and shabby. I guess the produce is OK, but we were eating mostly in restaurants.


39 posted on 07/29/2012 9:21:33 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic (ABO)
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