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“I see Walmart fitting in very well with this community. It will also bring more people into the city. We used to travel outside of Burbank to shop at Walmart. With the addition of Walmart, it will bring better prices to the area and other stores.

Mike Hoblinski, City of Burbank Resident
“Letter to the Editor: Resident: Walmart makes sense in Burbank,” Burbank Leader 1/13/12

“This is amazing good fortune for the center.”
Suzanne Ponder
Manager of the Vannord Center
“Walmart Market Coming Soon” San Fernando Valley Business Journal 4/16/12

“Now that walmart is coming we are going to have more people coming in.”
Carlos Blanco
Owner of Panaderia La Competidora in the Vannard Center
“Walmart Market Coming Soon” San Fernando Valley Business Journal 4/16/12

“We could not be more thrilled to finally have an anchor tenant that will bring in much-needed foot traffic to all surrounding businesses. For too long, our shopping center has been a victim of the economic downturn. Having a Walmart Neighborhood Market next door is great for our businesses and even better for our customers.”
Andres Bernal
Owner of Del Valley Insurance Agency

“We are excited that Walmart is opening a Neighborhood Market in this underserved area of Panorama City. This new store will create jobs and increase opportunities for the surrounding community. We believe that it is important to do everything possible to make sure residents of our community have affordable grocery options, and the Walmart Neighborhood Market will be a welcome addition. For the longest time, Panorama City has been lacking two things – business development and employment opportunities. Walmart will address both these problems. The new Neighborhood Market will provide much-need economic investment in Panorama City.”
Stuart Waldman
President of the Valley Industry and Commerce Association (VICA)

“This neighborhood has struggled in the last couple of years and we’re grateful that Walmart has stepped up to pump new life into this retail area,” said Ron Wood, President and CEO of the Valley Economic Alliance. “Most folks here walk to do their shopping and are finding the options are increasingly limited. Specifically, we’ve needed more grocery stores so beyond filling a gap, this Walmart will send a signal to other businesses – big and small – that this neighborhood is worth the investment.”
Ron Wood
President & CEO of the Valley of Economic Alliance (VICA)

“Wal-Mart has cheaper discounts. So for families that need better products, Wal-Mart has them.”
Katrina Montoya
Chinatown Resident
“Walmart in Chinatown to be a hot topic at LA City Council meeting.” ABC-7 3/23/12

“We’re asking for a choice to not have our residents drive out to the San Gabriel Valley to shop, to Pasadena, spending their time, money at restaurants and bakeries and other services out in the San Gabriel Valley. We need to keep the money here in Chinatown.”
George Yu
Executive Director & Vice President of the Chinatown Business Improvement District
“Merchants, City Council Divided Over Plans for Walmart Store in Chinatown” CBS Radio 3/23/12

“There are vacant buildings all over this city that are waiting for a new tenant, and we should celebrate when a new tenant steps forward. There are unemployed residents all over Los Angeles who are waiting for the opportunity to apply for a job, and we should celebrate when companies want to hire our residents.”
Gary Toebben
President and CEO of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce
“Merchants, City Council Divided Over Plans for Walmart Store in Chinatown” CBS Radio 3/23/12

“This community wants a market and deserves a market. The city shouldn’t need to be reminded that Chinatown’s redevelopment plan remains in place for the life of the plan and that a supermarket at Grand Plaza was part of the original development deal with not only the CRA but with the community as well.”
George Yu
Executive Director & Vice President of the Chinatown Business Improvement District
“Walmart Battle Takes a Turn” Los Angeles Downtown News 3/21/12

“Walmart is good for business. It helps create a competitive market where businesses can thrive. But Walmart is also good for local residents. It’s good because it creates jobs. The Rosemead store has created more than 440 new mostly full-time jobs that provide good wages and benefits. How do I know? I regularly talk to the folks who work in that store and for the most part, they’re happy with where they work. The store’s also been good for residents for perhaps the most overlooked reason of all: low prices.”
Stephen Ly
Mayor of Rosemead
“Walmart good for Rosemead Business” San Gabriel Valley Tribune 3/22/12

“I’m glad to hear of an anchor tenant finally coming into the Grand Plaza building. The Walmart Neighborhood Market will help attract other complementary businesses to the dozens of empty store fronts in that neighborhood. We need those jobs and it will be nice to have another grocery option in such close proximity.”
Chester Chong
President of Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Los Angeles

“It’s a welcome event when a grocery retailer moves into an underserved area and into a long-vacant space and opens its doors to the community. We welcome Walmart’s commitment to Downtown Los Angeles.”
Gary Toebben
President and CEO of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce

“Recently some outside organizations have voiced concern and in some cases outrage at the opening of this grocery store but let me say that as a resident of this community, few things concern me more than a building that has been vacant for 20 years. As a business owner I know that the Walmart Neighborhood Market will bring additional foot traffic to the neighboring business.”
Master Xiaojun WAng
Co-Owner of Jin Wu Kung Fu in Chinatown

“The residents here in Chinatown should have a say in what goes up in our neighborhood, instead of outside interests that don’t live here on a day to day basis. I shop local for specialty and ethnic items. Having a Wal-Mart here would make it much more convenient to get the other things. It makes sense for me to do most of my business in Chinatown if possible.”
Sherry Chock
Co-Owner of Jin Wu Kung Fu in Chinatown

“The space they [Wal-Mart] propose to use has been fallow for over two decades. The seniors anticipated a market that never came. I was a part of the CRA Community Advisory Committee then and it was disappointment when a major chain backed out. The seniors here deserve the option of lower prices on their limited income.”
Munson Kwok
A Chinatown BID Advisory Board member

“When you go grocery shopping, especially on the weekend, you have to make a trip. It’s a drain on our economy.”
George Yu
Executive Director & Vice President of the Chinatown Business Improvement District

“We have a lot of available space and unfortunately we just haven’t had a lot of major retailers wanting to invest in it. A lot of our history is here, but we need to move toward modernizing with society. In order to survive, you have to grow.” (“Wal-Mart Market Has Business Support in the Bag.”
Nicki Ung
Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Los Angeles

“I’ve never seen an employee with a ball and chain around their ankle. All this supposed controversy stems from one thing: the unions, trying to save themselves.”
Bernard C. Parks
City Council Member

“Although Downtown Los Angeles has long supported several ethnic supermarkets in communities such as Little Tokyo and Chinatown, for decades it lacked mainstream options.”
Los Angeles Downtown News Editorial Board
“Supermarket Sweep with Walmart Proposal” Los Angeles Downtown News 3/9/12

“There is no full service grocery store within 20 to 30 blocks of the location that it’s in, whether mom or pop or not. In our downtown revitalization, we have created 46,000 new residents. Because we are building a new community, we can use new types of stores. This is a much smaller footprint. It is a 33,000-square-foot store. It is going to be serving a community that does not have any grocery options right now. That’s why it has a value. it is going to create another 65 jobs. It is going to be a signal to everyone that downtown is thriving, bringing more businesses and more jobs. Let’s see how this goes, I think we are going to find it to be very successful, a neighborhood model.”
Carol Schatz
President & CEO of the Central City Association
“Downtown Walmart Grocery Store Draws Fire, Sparks Excitement” Which Way, L.A.? 2/28/12

“Walmart is beating some other retailers to the Downtown supermarket punch. In announcing the Walmart Neighborhood Market, which is expected to open in 2013, they could capture customers that traditional grocery operators have been slow to understand. That subject has many scratching their heads. Although Downtown Los Angeles has long supported several ethnic supermarkets in communities such as Little Tokyo and Chinatown, for decades it lacked mainstream options. The opening of a Ralphs Fresh Fare (the “Fresh Fare” denotes the company’s upscale brand) in South Park in 2007 was the first new name-brand grocery store in the Central City in half a century. Ralphs was an immediate hit, and the parent company soon reported that it was one of the most profitable in the Fresh Fare line. Many expected the grocery floodgates to open. They didn’t. Even as the Downtown residential population continued to climb, desired retailers such as Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods have stayed away. Local boosters claimed they were leaving money on the table. That wasn’t enough to propel action from players in an industry with razor-thin profit margins.”
Los Angeles Downtown News Editorial Board
“Supermarket Sweep with Walmart Proposal” Los Angeles Downtown News 3/9/12

“At our center, we provide our senior participants with a well-balanced lunch but have had trouble ensuring the quality of their foods when they leave our doors. Many of our participants are diabetic and must work very hard to keep their blood sugar levels under control. When they heard about this new Neighborhood Market, they were excited to have convenient access to healthy, affordable foods. We’re happy to see that the downtown area is attracting new businesses for our participants and the members of our community.”
Melba Cortes
Center Manager
AltaMed Senior BuenaCare PACE – Grand Plaza

“Downtown has a growing population of almost 50,000 residents who deserve a range of retail options. We welcome companies that are willing to invest in our downtown, create jobs and offer new products. Our hope is that new stores will serve as magnets for future growth, development and investment in downtown.”
Carol Schatz
President & CEO of the Central City Association

“Anyone who lives or works here knows that our community has been underserved for quite some time. There are too many empty storefronts in our neighborhoods and we’re continually concerned about the negative ripple-effects those vacant properties have on our community. New stores mean new opportunities, lower prices and more jobs.”
Liana Velasco
Chinatown Resident

“The Chinese Chamber of Commerce’s mission is to open up opportunities for businesses throughout Los Angeles. Having a major retailer such as Walmart come in will be the first step towards many more opportunities for consumers and businesses alike. We are looking at the best interest of our businesses and ways that can help drive economic growth, especially through these difficult times. The Chinese business community of our Chamber is in full support of Walmart.”
Nicki Ung
Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Los Angeles

“Los Kitos Produce is a minority owned and operated business consisting of growers, packer, shippers and marketers of fresh produce. We believe that Downtown residents need the same things other neighborhoods need and have – access to fresh food and new jobs. Walmart is proposing to supply both in the downtown/Chinatown area within a building that has been sitting empty for years. As a supplier of fresh food and vegetables, we see a Neighborhood Market locating in a terribly underserved area as an excellent opportunity to improve the food environment for downtown LA and adjacent areas. We applaud Walmart for being a responsible retailer that wants to be part of the solution.”
Martha Montoya
Owner of Los Kitos Produce

“We appreciate the special interest groups from outside of our community and their interest in Chinatown. We do not wish to make Chinatown their battleground. The Chinatown community is overwhelmingly supportive of the Walmart Neighborhood Market that will be opening at Grand Plaza. Chinatown has never had a mainstream supermarket option. This Neighborhood Market will provide jobs and attract more businesses, investments and generate activity that will benefit our Chinatown Community.”

““Chinatown and surrounding community residents deserve another mainstream supermarket option. Chinatown needs jobs and economic investment. The new Walmart Neighborhood Market will provide for both.”
“Walmart opens in Downtown LA Chinatown” Asian Journal 2/29/12

“For a large part, we’ve missed out on the renewal in the downtown area. This is Chinatown’s time,”
“Walmart in Chinatown” KNBC-LA 2/29/12
George Yu
Executive Director and Vice President of the Chinatown Business Improvement District

“Regardless of which side of the political or shopping aisle you are on, a neighborhood grocery store should not be up for debate when the City’s zoning code allows for that specific use at that specific site. Certainty is the key to economic investment for grocery stores and every other type of business in Los Angeles.”
Gary Toebben
President & CEO of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce
“Don’t Play Politics with Grocery Stores,” The Business Perspective 3/6/12

“I think you’ll see that prices at the neighborhood markets are comparable to what it has at its Walmart super-centers. What analysts have found is that in general Walmart prices are about 15% below what you find in traditional supermarkets.”
Mark Hamstra
Supermarket News Retail Editor
“Walmart Announcement Draws Mixed Reaction,” LA Downtown News 3/5/12

“The argument that the store will hurt Chinatown is silly on its face. The store is going in a long-vacant space. And assuming the new store attracts shoppers, the nearby stores will see more foot traffic. Since the Neighborhood Market won’t sell ethnic food, that means the existing Asian stores are likely to see more business, not less.”
Charles Crumpley
Editor of the Los Angeles Business Journal
“Stop Discounting Walmart,” Los Angeles Business Journal 3/5/12

“A letter writer in the Forum section of Sunday’s News-Press & Leader stated that Burbank residents are not stupid, and that shopping at Walmart is essentially unAmerican. So I guess everyone who shops at Target, Kmart and any place else that sells Chinese-made stuff should all move to Russia. Welcome to Burbank, Walmart. We love you.”
Steve Urbanovich
Burbank Resident
“Shopping at Walmart un-American?” Burbank Leader 2/28/12

“A letter writer in the Forum section of Sunday’s News-Press & Leader stated that Burbank residents are not stupid, and that shopping at Walmart is essentially unAmerican. So I guess everyone who shops at Target, Kmart and any place else that sells Chinese-made stuff should all move to Russia. Welcome to Burbank, Walmart. We love you.”
Ron Wood
President and Chief Executive of the Valley Economic Alliance
“Walmart is a win-win for Burbank” Burbank Leader 3/3/12

“For those of us that do business, work or live in the Chinatown and Downtown neighborhood, the opening of a Walmart neighborhood market in the Chinatown area is very welcome news. Having a grocery store with healthy selection and affordable prices has long been desired by all of us. 99 Ranch Market had been the only convenient grocery option for Chinatown residents until they closed that store seven or eight years ago. It is also very encouraging to see a vacant storefront is going to be occupied by such a well-known retailer. Hopefully this new Walmart Neighborhood Market will attract more investment and help revitalize the Chinatown neighborhood“
Charlie Woo
Business owner in Downtown Los Angeles, Chair of the Center for Asian Americans United for Self Empowerment

“Walmart and Target are the same business – yet unions target Walmart. Working class families, under and unemployed, need access to buy good quality items at a low price.”
Lisa Baca
Chief Information Officer of the Greater Echo Park Elysian Neighborhood Council

“I grew up Chinese. I need to get my live chicken once in a while to make chicken stock. But, you know, with that being said, I still need my potato salad from the deli.”
Shirley Zhang
Chinatown resident
“Walmart in Chinatown” KNBC-LA 2/29/12

“If you have a Walmart, a huge selection, wide selection store in Chinatown, of course it will bring more traffic and benefits to all the Chinatown businesses.”
Dayton Ong
President and CEO of Wing Hop Fung, Inc. in Chinatown
“Walmart in Chinatown” KNBC-LA 2/29/12

“We need facilities for the people who are moving in. There are almost 50,000 people living here and the services have not caught up with us yet…Do we need new businesses? Yes. Do we need the economic development? Of course we do. Do we need jobs? Absolutely.”
Patti Berman
Downtown resident
“Downtown Walmart Grocery Story Draws Fire, Sparks Excitement” Which Way, L.A.? 2/28/12

“Though the chamber is a non-partisan group and will not take an official stance on the issue, it believes opening a Walmart would provide an opportunity to bring more visitors to Chinatown, and it would give local Chinatown residents a different grocery option.”
Nicki Ung
Executive Director of Chinese Chamber of Commerce
“Walmart plans to open market downtown; local organizations plan to stand in its way,” NBC4 2/27/12

“From a consumer standpoint though, Walmart’s economic success indicates that a superstore may be what consumers want. When Walmarts move into an area and do well, it implies that they’re filling a niche that wasn’t there,”
Jenny Schuetz
Assistant Professor with the USC Price School of Public Policy
“Walmart plans to open market downtown; local organizations plan to stand in its way,” NBC4 2/27/12

“It’s a welcome event when a grocery retailer moves into an underserved area and into a long-vacant space and opens its doors to the community. We welcome Walmart’s commitment to Downtown Los Angeles.”
Gary Toebben
President & CEO of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce

“We have to get business in this town. Walmart is giving us something back to our community, for (the council’s) commitment.”
Emily Ishigaki
El Monte Councilwoman
“El Monte PAC receives $35,000 from Walmart and developer,” San Gabriel Valley Tribune 11/2/11

“Walmarts are clean, bright, safe places that stay open late. Their shelves are bountiful and stocked with good-quality merchandise with low prices. For everyday stuff – socks, toothpaste, tires – you can’t top Walmart.”
Charles Crumpley
Editor of the Los Angeles Business Journal
“Unstable Chain Reaction,” Fox & Hounds, 8/17/11

“It will serve so many people and it will employ so many people in this economy.”
Melina Younaian
La Crescenta Resident
“Walmart Considers Opening Store in Burbank,” ABC 7 Los Angeles, 7/26/11

“We think Walmart would be a good addition to Torrance. Not only can Torrance use the additional revenue, but it also gives people another choice of where to shop. We know a lot of people in different areas where Walmart had a hard time getting into their cities. Once Walmart came in, the stores are doing great and the cities are enjoying the extra revenue.”
Chuck and Ruth Murrey
City of Torrance Residents
“Letter to the Editor: Walmart benefits shoppers, city,” Torrance Daily Breeze, 4/13/11

“The ability to say Walmart is here… greatly increases my ability to recruit businesses.”
Damien Arrula
El Monte Economic Development Manager
“Path Cleared for Walmart in El MOnte, With Union Support,” San Gabriel Valley Tribune 2/2/11

“Walmart’s promise to offer healthier, cheaper foods – what’s not to like?”
Los Angeles Times Editorial
Los Angeles Times, 1/20/11

“We greatly appreciate Walmart and the Walmart Foundation’s commitment and leadership to end hunger in Los Angeles County. Walmart acted immediately when they learned about our immediate needs this holiday season to provide nutritious food to 200,000 students in 20 schools who would otherwise struggle to have meals during the two week holiday break.”
Michael Flood
President and CEO of the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank
Walmart Press Release 12/16/10

“The Latin Business Association Institute appreciates the support and leadership of Walmart and the Walmart Foundation. Walmart’s support was critical to helping us launch, in partnership with the Huntington Park High School, a math program that will inspire a new generation of business and community leaders. We share a vision with Walmart to increase opportunities and success for our youth.”
Ruben Guerra
Chairman and CEO of the Latin Business Association
Walmart Press Release 11/17/10