Walmart is always looking for opportunities to better serve our customers in the Southern California region. We give a great deal of thought in selecting our locations and there are many factors that weigh in our decisions. The City of Commerce is an attractive location with its business friendly environment and close proximity to many of the local manufacturers and distributors we work with daily. In fact, last year alone Walmart purchased more than $219 million worth of goods and services from Commerce suppliers. Perhaps most importantly though is that a Walmart in Commerce would provide the community with convenient access to fresh, affordable groceries, pharmacy services, and a broad assortment of general merchandise.
A Walmart in Commerce will also bring local job growth and economic revitalization. The new store will create approximately 300 new jobs that provide competitive pay, benefits including paid time off and much more, as well as opportunities for advancement. A Walmart in Commerce would keep sales tax revenue in the city to help support important community services like the city’s after-school park program, libraries, and public safety services.
Currently, the best opportunity for a Walmart in Commerce is at the proposed retail center at the corner of Washington and Atlantic Boulevards. This particular area is well positioned for revitalization and that is why the proposed Commerce Retail Center project is now moving its way through the public approval process. It won’t come easy as the site is mostly industrial use now and will require environmental clean-up but it is an area in need of a plan and there are interested parties ready to invest in a transformation.
A great example of a former industrial area revitalization that we’ve been part of is South Gate. Our South Gate Walmart has been a major anchor in the thriving Azalea Shopping Center for about two years. According to a recent South Gate city staff memo the Azalea Shopping Center generated approximately $2.6 million in sales tax revenue for the 2014-15 fiscal year, its first year in existence. Previously, there had been virtually no sales tax reported for
that location. The best part is that South Gate’s nearby Tweedy Mile business district also grew during this time increasing their sales tax revenue significantly. This is exactly the kind of direct and indirect economic development we know is possible in Commerce.
We join with local residents who would like to see the corner of Washington and Atlantic Boulevards transformed into a robust commercial center that contributes to the economic vitality of the city.
That’s why we support the plan for the Commerce Retail Center and are working to raise awareness of the possibilities for this location, including a future Walmart Supercenter as the anchor tenant.
So, yes, Walmart is interested in the City of Commerce and we believe this is the right project at the right time in the right place. We are excited about a future serving this great city, its residents and visitors.
Chad Donath is Regional Vice President of Walmart.Posted - Copyright © 2022 Eastern Group Publications, Inc.