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Pleasanton Approves Walmart Grocery

City Council voted to allow the store to open inside the old Nob Hill space on Santa Rita Road, despite objections from one council member.

The Pleasanton City Council voted Tuesday night to allow a Walmart Neighborhood Market to open inside the long-vacant Nob Hill grocery spot on Santa Rita Road.

After months of community back-and-forth and a blizzard of meetings, the council voted 4-1 to allow the store; Councilman Matt Sullivan was the lone dissenter, having brought an 11th-hour appeal to stop it.

Those against the store have said the retail giant treats its employees horribly, and they also say they worry about local stores going out of business because of Walmart's famously low prices. In Pleasanton, there are several new stores popping up, including a new and a possible . Locally, competition is already fierce.

Those who support the store point to the . Business owners in the Meadow Plaza Shopping Center say they would like to see another draw — the entire area would benefit, they have said. The Nob Hill location has been empty since 2010.

The council's vote on Tuesday, according to the Contra Costa Times, was basically to deny Sullivan's appeal of a unanimous Planning Commission vote to approve the store. The commission had voted in favor of an earlier decision by the city zoning administrator to allow the use. Because the 33,000 square-foot building is zoned for a grocery store, and has been since the 1980s, there wasn't a legal justification to not allow Walmart, city officials have said.

“The decision is good news for Pleasanton customers who want more affordable options for fresh groceries as well as local businesses and Meadows neighborhood residents eager to see the long vacant supermarket at Meadow Plaza revitalized," said Deborah Herron, a Walmart spokesperson. 

, but a store in Hayward in in jeopardy; the Planning Commission in that city rejected the store's application, and the council will consider the store on Tuesday.

The Pleasanton store will be open 6 a.m. to midnight.

Cherry May 21, 2012 at 09:05 PM
There are plenty of workers & unions who would disagree.
Eric May 22, 2012 at 01:52 AM
Walmart, never have never will. In the long run they will not benefit Pleasanton. I use the city of Susanville as an example. Used to be a beautiful thriving town, lots of great shops and local businesses supporting lots of people. Walmart moved in.....gone. I met a lot of those Walmart workers, their standard of living plummeted and all the profits left Susanville, California and went right to Arkansas.
bill ballew July 30, 2012 at 12:59 AM
Great idea for us retires D
Normie Douglass August 14, 2012 at 10:01 PM
Love my walmart and if you don't like it, please don't shop there. Retired and loving my bargains!
C S May 10, 2013 at 04:57 PM
Unfortunately Wal-Mart has a track record of moving in to "small-town" feel communities. I know Pleasanton is not the very small community it once was, however the majority of the businesses in Pleasanton are small mom & pop shops. You think putting in a Wal-Mart is going to give the Pleasanton community a boost? Think again. My forecast is you will be seeing many signs go up saying "Closed for Business". Wal-Mart treats it's employees horribly and when you shop there you are saying that it's okay with you to pay people less than minimum wage and forget health insurance. Open your eyes people - $$ is not the only thing that matters and as soon as Wal-Mart succeeds in closing up all your mom & pop shops they will hike up their prices. Crime will rise in Pleasanton. I mean come on... have you seen the People of Wal-mart website?? http://www.peopleofwalmart.com/ do you really want that crowd on the streets of Pleasanton??? NOOO!!!!

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