Wal-Mart set to open Panorama City grocery store
As unions and community groups dig in to stop Wal-Mart from opening a grocery store in Chinatown, the retailing giant is scheduled to open a Panorama City store Friday morning with little outcry.
Los Angeles' first Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market will open its doors at 7:30 a.m. with speeches by local dignitaries and Wal-Mart officials, and entertainment will include a high school marching band. The store is at 14530 Nordhoff St. in the Vannord Shopping Center, replacing a grocery store that has been shuttered for years.
The store is a smaller, grocery-only version of the chain's usual superstores and will include a pharmacy. Wal-Mart is planning to open similar stores in Altadena, Downey and Bell Gardens.
There has been little controversy about the chain's development of the Panorama City site, first announced in April. That stands in marked contrast to the Chinatown location, which has been met with vociferous opposition from a coalition of labor and community groups who say they are concerned about the loss of smaller, ethnic stores.
-- Catherine Saillant
Photo: Two weeks ago, Wal-Mart opened a store in Torrance. Credit: Patrick Fallon/Bloomberg