Zoning administrator denies appeal to Chinatown's Walmart Neighborhood Market opponent

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Chinatown residents wait for the bus outside the site of a new neighborhood market from Walmart on the edge of Chinatown at Grand and Cesar Chavez avenues.

Chinatown Walmart

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The interior construction site of a new neighborhood market from Walmart on the edge of Chinatown at Grand and Cesar Chavez avenues.

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Demonstrators sporting labor union tshirts and signs marched through Chinatown to protest Walmart's move to L.A.'s Chinatown.

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Demonstrators sporting labor union tshirts and signs marched through Chinatown to protest Walmart's move to L.A.'s Chinatown.

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Chinatown residents hold signs in support of Walmart.


Walmart won the third round in a fight over whether the retailer should open a store in LA’s Chinatown, bringing it one step closer to opening the shop.

The retailer bypassed another challenge to its new store when an LA zoning administrator decided the building permit issued to Walmart followed city rules. The decision denied an appeal by the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance. The alliance has said it has concerns about increased traffic the new Walmart could bring and the store’s impact on the cultural integrity of Chinatown. The group did not immediately return a call for comment.

Walmart said it plans to open the store early next year.

“We look forward to soon opening our doors and providing the community what they have wanted all along: a new choice for their grocery shopping needs,” Steven Restivo, Walmart’s senior director of community affairs.

The Chinatown store will be a Neighborhood Market, located on Cesar Chavez and Grand avenues in Los Angeles. Neighborhood Market stores are about one-fifth the size of a typical Walmart Supercenter and sell groceries and household supplies. 

Opponents of the new Walmart have until January 4th to file an appeal. If there’s no appeal, the zoning administrator’s decision will take effect.

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