Walmart to open grocery in Panorama City

Sounds like the same setup that Walmart is planning for Chinatown, and which has caused such an uproar among the unions. The Walmart Neighborhood Market will be 31,000-square feet and feature fresh produce, meat and dairy products, and frozen foods. Also planned is a pharmacy. The store will be located in the Vannord Center at the corner of Nordhoff Street and Van Nuys Boulevard. Opening is planned by the end of the year. From the San Fernando Valley Business Journal (I don't have a link):

Wal-Mart opened its first Neighborhood Market in 1998. Nationwide, there are currently 167 such stores, which total about 42,000 square feet on average and carry about 29,000 items. The company has announced plans to open between 80 to 100 additional smaller format stores, most of them Neighborhood Markets, by the end of January. In recent years, Wal-Mart has become more flexible with its space requirements, as the company wants its stores to be a reflection of the surrounding neighborhoods, Restivo said. Still, Wal-Mart Supercenters, which average about 185,000 square feet, account for the vast majority of the retailer's stores nationwide.

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