Labor organizers and workers will this afternoon protest a proposed 33,000 square-foot Walmart grocery store proposed to be built in Chinatown at the corner of Cesar Chavez and Grand Avenues, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The group, Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy, accuses the store of denying workers adequate wages and benefits. Organizers also say Walmart is circumventing a city ordinance prohibiting the expansion of its big-box stores by opening smaller grocery stores.
The proposed Walmart would be located in Highland Park-Mount Washington's backyard--a five mile drive from the center of the neighborhood.
Currently, the closest Walmart location to Highland Park is located 13 miles away in the Baldwin Hills/Crenshaw district of South Los Angeles. The nearest Walmart super center is located 15 miles away in the city of Rosemead.
Would you welcome a Walmart location to the heart of Los Angeles?