Friday Dec 23 2011
Walmart formally announces plans for Granite Bay store
By: ToLewis, The Press Tribune
It’s officially official — Walmart is coming to Granite Bay. The multi-billion dollar retail giant announced this week that it will open a “neighborhood grocery” store at Sierra Oaks Shopping Center located at the intersections of Douglas and Sierra College boulevards. Currently, the building at 4080 Douglas Blvd. is occupied by Grocery Outlet and once shared a space with Smart Buys. Walmart spokesman Lorenzo Lopez said Grocery Outlet did not renew the current lease on the building and Walmart will be taking over the space, but he did not offer a timeline as to when. According to Dave Herout, owner and operator of the Grocery Outlet at the Sierra Oaks Shopping Center, the company would like to relocate the store to another location, either in Roseville or Rocklin. Plans for relocation have not yet been announced and Herout said the Granite Bay store currently has 22 employees. Herout said he did not know any of the details about the current lease since the company’s corporate offices in Berkeley handle that. Phone calls to Wisconsin-based E.J. Plesko & Associates, Inc., which owns Sierra Oaks Shopping Center, went unanswered as of press time. Lorenzo said the grocery store will be around 43,000 square feet and employ about 95 associates, with additional jobs created during the construction build out. “We’re bringing this format to the area because it is the right fit for the community,” Lorenzo said. “We are always looking for better ways to serve our customers, and the neighborhood market in Granite Bay is the right approach.” According to the company website, Walmart Neighborhood Markets first opened in 1998 and contain grocery items such as fresh produce, meat and dairy products, frozen foods, dried goods, deli foods, bakery items and more. Lorenzo said the new store creates an economic opportunity for the area and will likely help to revitalize the shopping center and bring more foot traffic. “I’m sure the customers who are currently going to that location to buy groceries will be happy to know that they will be able to continue to do so,” Lorenzo said. Toby Lewis can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @TobyLewis_RsvPT.