Super Wal-Mart in Ontario, California? Yes, Please

I officially changed sides in the debate for a Super Wal-Mart in Ontario, California on the intersection of Fifth and Mountain. I know I might get disowned politically for this position, but I do have some rational arguments to support the project.

A Super Wal-Mart has a supermarket and a wal-mart plus several other businesses within the business. In Las Vegas, the Super Wal-Marts I visited had hair salons, nail salons, a portrait studio and much more. However, due to concerns from the residents maybe we could simplify the project to just have a pharmacy, the McDonalds and the portrait studio like the standard Wal-Mart in Upland.

The critical feature that faces opposition is the supermarket business of wal-mart. The corporation is anti-labor union, where they will close down any store or function that unionizes like the butchers. However supermarkets such as Albertsons are overpriced compared to other stores that are unionized like Stater Brothers. Even with the Albertsons loyalty card, prices are still high. I know residents would like to protect reasonably paid union jobs, but if the company can not compete in the marketplace then customers will make their own decisions.

However, Wal-Mart has massive buying power where they can negotiate the best price possible while maintaining their bottom line. In this new economy, its critical that the people of Ontario, California are able to have this resource.

Since the parcel is near a residential district, I would suggest that the store is open from 6 to 11, and 24 hours during the holiday rush in the winter. This would be the compromise that would help reduce traffic and crime at night.

Also, Wal-Mart could purchase the former Hollywood Video parcel and use it for more parking so the lot would be easier to get in and out compared to the Costco in Montclair.

There are a good number of people who would like the expanded retail opportunities as consumers. However Wal-Mart and the city of Ontario should try to make reasonable accommodations with the residents that surround the project. It seems that Wal-Mart should of built their Super Wal-Mart when they were about ready to build that Sam’s Club back in 2002 near the Ontario Mills since it is in a pure retail/industrial district.

If reasonable accommodations can not be addressed then we should just buy back the property from Wal-Mart and have them try and build in the new development in southern Ontario.

If Wal-Mart wants success with the residents here is the plan:

A. Reduce the operating hours to 6am-11pm

B. Simplify the layout

C. Buy the Hollywood video lot for more parking

17 thoughts on “Super Wal-Mart in Ontario, California? Yes, Please”

  1. well, i'm waiting for wal-mart to open it's door's soon. I don't know when it will be, but soon i hope. im' tired of driving all over to get a good bargain, and the closer to home the better. Alot of people think the worst of whatever, about walmart. but i think their a blessing.Linda.

  2. I would like to see something open so I wouldnt have to see that vacant building. I think with some reasonable accommodations, the store should open at least by 2012.

  3. I live in Montclair off the 10 at Monte Vista and will gladly shop at the new WalMart Super center, i remember when Fedmart was on the same site doing the same thing, non union selling groceries and general merchandise so I dont understand the uproar. Are the stupid neighbors that live across the street enjoying looking at the old run down, Target, Toys r Us and Ralphs? Wake up neighbors of this site. Want to know the real issue? There are too many racists living across the street from this site. i have a friend whose parents live in the tract in question and they are unfortunately very racist and dont like that the neighborhood is changing.

  4. I live in Montclair off the 10 at Monte Vista and will gladly shop at the new WalMart Super center, i remember when Fedmart was on the same site doing the same thing, non union selling groceries and general merchandise so I dont understand the uproar. Are the stupid neighbors that live across the street enjoying looking at the old run down, Target, Toys r Us and Ralphs? Wake up neighbors of this site. Want to know the real issue? There are too many racists living across the street from this site. i have a friend whose parents live in the tract in question and they are unfortunately very racist and dont like that the neighborhood is changing.

  5. I’m a resident in Ontario , and have been here alot longer than most. I want an entire super wal-mart with groceries and everything. I’m tired of Listening to these old bat’s that don’t want it But guess where THEY SHOP?   So why the heck not have one here. The traffic will survive like everything else. So Wal-Mart what are you waiting for?  Don’t announce it just come. LOLOL If you build it I Will Come.Thank you, Linda M.    

  6. I happen to live across the street from this location and the traffic is an issue already, if this store opens it will only get worse, I do understand something is better than nothing, I would rather have a store there than an empty eye sore.  What are you going to do????

    1. I am not a city council member or a planning commissioner, but the solution is for them to build elsewhere in the city like 4th and Vineyard.

        1. The huge amount of open space mitigates most concerns. And many walmarts are located next to union stores like corona to compensate for the stated brothers and the ralphs recently shut down.

  7. Did anyone ever consider contacting Winco foods? I mean, they’re a non-union grocery retailer with huge facilities (including their own pizza parlors). I would have thought that was a much better option, considering much of the negative qualities that follow Walmart wherever they go (plus having another Walmart so close is sort of silly). They currently have stores over in Fontana and down in Pamona. A Store in Ontario/Upland would have been a brilliant move and would have given them a shorter timeline in opening up the distribution center they plan on opening out in the desert, I believe. I, for one, would prefer a Winco to a Super-Walmart any day. Better quality and a better reputation.

    1. Problem is they will likely shut down the Upland store and move the employees to the Ontario store so there would not be a signifgant addition of jobs. Maybe temporarily to build the store. 

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