Watch out Garden Grove, Wal-Mart is coming!

Wal-Marts are just another one of the things that Republicans and Democrats just can’t see eye-to-eye on.  I was talking with a conservative friend of mine that owns a business in Garden Grove.  I asked what he thought about a Wal-Mart moving into town and he said that a Wal-Mart would be really bad for his business, but that he is a believer in the market economy.

Things don’t look too good for the anti Wal-Mart groups in Garden Grove (or small-business owners, for that matter).

The quick back-story: Wal-Mart really wants to build a 24-hour Super Center on the 170,000 square foot lot that used to be a Vons Pavillions grocery store near the corner of Chapman and Euclid in Garden Grove.  The proposal has been made, and the architectural drawings have sat in city hall for months.  All that is left is city council approval.

Enter pro-development GG Planning Commissioner Steve Jones.  In the 8+ years that Jones has served on the planning commission he has never voted against a large development, and looking at his track record, many Garden Grove residents have given up on fighting the Wal-Mart.

A petition drive has formed, in association with The Orange County Democratic Party, CLUE, and The Main Street Coalition.  They will be presenting the signatures to Jones on Tuesday.

To see the letter, and to add your name to the petition, click here.

  6 comments for “Watch out Garden Grove, Wal-Mart is coming!

  1. April 22, 2007 at 7:29 pm

    Where do Bruce Broadwater and Mark rosen stand on wal mart?

  2. Morning Coffee
    April 23, 2007 at 10:15 am

    Why the heck is the Democratic Party getting involved with this? And where were the petitions to keep Costco, Home Depot, Lowes and other large market chains out of Garden Grove? All of them had an effect on small businesses already there. They are all non union shops paying low wages and benefits similar to Wal Mart , but it’s ok for them to be there? I hope the City approves this. They need the sales tax revenue it will generate. This double standard really galls me.

  3. wakeup
    April 23, 2007 at 7:38 pm


  4. Publius
    April 23, 2007 at 8:42 pm

    I believe that Costco employees are union members, not UFCW, but another union.

  5. April 23, 2007 at 8:50 pm

    you are right. i used to work for Price Club which became Costco. They are members of the Teamsters Union.

  6. Morning Coffee
    April 24, 2007 at 9:52 am

    The existing Wal Mart in Garden Grove (Trask & Beach) is not on the Union list, so I guess that one isn’t. Got my information about Costco from a friend that applied for a job there. Sorry for not checking it personally.

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