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Walmart Supercenter in Lodi could be building by spring

State Supreme Court declines to hear case versus Lodi Supercenter

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Posted: Friday, August 10, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 7:24 am, Fri Aug 10, 2012.

Construction could start on a new Walmart Supercenter in Lodi as early as next spring.

On Thursday, the California Supreme Court decided to not take up the Walmart case, finally ending an 8-year legal battle.

The city has met with developer Browman Development and engineers about the plans for the project, city manager Rad Bartlam said. He expects the building plans to be submitted by the end of the calendar year, and construction to start in the spring.

The Walmart Supercenter will go into a 13-building, 340,000-square-foot project called the Lodi Shopping Center. It is planned for the southwest corner of the Kettleman Lane and Lower Sacramento Road intersection. The actual Walmart store will be 225,000 square-feet.

Wal-Mart media director Della Garcia said customers are ready for a Lodi Supercenter.

"The ruling is good news for our Lodi customers who are eager to have the convenience of one-stop shopping for general merchandise and grocery," Garcia said.

For the last eight years, the city has dealt with legal challenges since the project was first approved.

Lodi First and Citizens for Open Government argued in their lawsuits that the project's state-mandated environmental documents were not adequate, specifically the portion on global warming and mitigation measures for the loss of agriculture land.

In 2005, San Joaquin County Judge Elizabeth Humphreys ruled the project's environmental reports needed more studies, which restarted the approval process. This forced Wal-Mart to again go before the Planning Commission and the Lodi City Council.

Then the case went through the court process again with Humphreys ruling the documentation was adequate. The decision was appealed to the Third District Court of Appeals, who again ruled the documents were valid.

With the California Supreme Court refusing to hear the case, the project can officially move forward.

One of the main stipulations in the city's approvals is that the Walmart Supercenter will not be allowed to open until Browman finds a solution for their former building across the street, Bartlam said.

"We will not allow Walmart to occupy the new building until a tenant is in place or he tears the building down," Bartlam said.

Contact reporter Maggie Creamer at maggiec@lodinews.com. Read her blog at www.lodinews.com/blogs/citybuzz.

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  • Josh Oren posted at 4:08 pm on Wed, Aug 15, 2012.

    Jmandiggity Posts: 2

    The jobs that people need to live in this country aren't at Walmart.

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 10:01 pm on Fri, Aug 10, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9403

    Yes Walter... www.CPUSA.org

    significant organization that supports the democtatic party... do some research

  • Josh Morgan posted at 9:35 pm on Fri, Aug 10, 2012.

    Josh Morgan Posts: 529

    I will continue to shop at Raleys and Safeway. I firmly believe however that Walmart has the right to relocate and expand their current operation. The requirement to fill the current location or demolish the building is absolutely discriminatory. Tell me another business who has relocated or expanded their operation been required to meet those requirements? Walmart, should not be treated any differently than any other business. Lodi First and Citizens for Open Government were nothing but a front for the grocers union.

  • Ann Winters posted at 9:29 pm on Fri, Aug 10, 2012.

    Ann Posts: 27

    Jackson, it's still on the table. Developer must rent old spot or demolish before he can start construction on new site.

  • Jackson Scott posted at 9:04 pm on Fri, Aug 10, 2012.

    Jackson Scott Posts: 382

    Oh joy, Super WalMart is coming to town... yawn.

    Sure they have low prices on products in the grocery section, but they also have a horrible selection of products. They usually offer the store generic and one brand name (ketchup = heinz, cheese = kraft, etc). But what if I want Tillimook Cheese? They don't offer it.

    As someone said, you have to know your prices. Heck, my 76yo mother goes to about 4 stores per week based on the Wed ads and buys several items at each store. I think that's crazy, a giant waste of time, and saves her only about $5 per week, but she enjoys the hunt of a bargain.

    My only question is, what happens to the old store now? I recall that at one point the developer, who owns both walmart sites, promised to fill the old store with a new tennant. Does anyone know if that is still on the table?

  • Walter Chang posted at 7:01 pm on Fri, Aug 10, 2012.

    Walt Posts: 992

    "Communist Party USA"


    Darrell, I think you're losing your edge!


  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 6:30 pm on Fri, Aug 10, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9403

    Mr Chang stated...Darrell, what are you trying to say????

    Who cares what I think .I think it is much more interesting to learn what conclusion you draw. What do you think I intended to say? Why?

    Ms Bobin, who always draws wrong conclusions was very predictable... but at least she tried to think.

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 6:26 pm on Fri, Aug 10, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9403

    Ms Elliott stated...As much as Darrell hates unions, I hate Wal Mart...

    Hate? Odd conclusion. I do not hate unions. Wrong word. I think unions are destructive to the free market system. I think people should be paid based on merit. Unions are anti-merit.Communist Party USA strongly supports union activity. I do not. Why would communist orientated people support unions? Why would Americans support what communists support?

    I am very interested in your perspective concerning the idea that Walmart contributed to the demise of industrial America. Can you please articulate points that led you to draw that conclusion.

  • Joanne Bobin posted at 5:06 pm on Fri, Aug 10, 2012.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4306

    He's trying to say that union workers at other supermarkets are rude, crude, greedy, could care less about the customers and being paid a h.e.c.k. of a lot less makes you respect your customers a whole lot more. But that's good, because Mr. Baumbach thinks that working for less is an attribute and makes you a better person.

    Apple is like any other store - you have to know your prices. Just like WalMart will be. You may get a good price at WalMart on worthless products like Sunny Delight and Hot Pockets, but expect to pay more and get a lesser quality for fresh fruit and veg a la Food 4 Less.

    I hope you don't go to WalMart after dark, Mr. Werner. You may need to use something stronger than hand sanitizer. It's shocking what crawls out from under rocks when the sun goes down.

  • Treacy Elliott posted at 4:56 pm on Fri, Aug 10, 2012.

    Treacy Elliott Posts: 49

    As much as Darrell hates unions, I hate Wal Mart. There form of free market practice is what heavily contributed to the demise of industrial America. Others do it as well, but are force to because of the Wal Mart legacy.

  • Walter Chang posted at 4:23 pm on Fri, Aug 10, 2012.

    Walt Posts: 992

    "non union part of our society"

    "a non union store locally"

    "non union and pleasant"

    "non union is worth all"

    Darrell, what are you trying to say????

    Please articulate.

    "So glad construction will wait until after the election"

    You know who is going to get credit though, right??


  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 3:19 pm on Fri, Aug 10, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9403

    That they are non union is worth all.

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 3:17 pm on Fri, Aug 10, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9403

    Apples... my favorite store in Lodi... top quality at a reasonable price.... non union and pleasant attmosphere. I am willing to pay more for the experience...fortunately, good prices...

    It just so happen that many people who work there are Asian... a real bonus as good service is obvious there.

  • Ron Werner posted at 2:45 pm on Fri, Aug 10, 2012.

    Ron Werner Posts: 73

    Why is it I feel like taking a bath in hand sanitizer when I get out of Walmart?

    And whats not to love about of all those youtube videos of their customers.

  • Kevin Paglia posted at 12:37 pm on Fri, Aug 10, 2012.

    Kevin Paglia Posts: 1880

    Tried shopping in Apple market a few times, could never find everything on my list. Stopped trying. If I'm going to to into a store I want to be sure it will have what I am looking for.

  • Joanne Bobin posted at 12:10 pm on Fri, Aug 10, 2012.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4306

    Why don't you shop at Apple Market, then? They are local AND non-union - and a plus for you - they are owned by Asian Americans.

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 6:58 am on Fri, Aug 10, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9403

    Lodi First and Citizens for Open Government

    I want to thank these two groups for making it difficult for the private sector, non union
    part of our society to create jobs. So glad construction will wait until after the election.

    I really do not like to shop but will look forward to spending money in a non union store locally.



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