Walmart representatives said more than 200 Burbank residents signed cards in support of a new store planned near the Empire Center at a public input meeting Monday, but some who attended the event complained that it was structured to downplay community concerns.
Inside the former Great Indoors building where Walmart plans to open a store adjacent to the Empire Center, five stations were set up covering a variety of store functions, such as operations, construction and environmental sustainability.
Hundreds of residents walked up to the stations, each manned by three to five Walmart employees waiting to answer their questions individually.
Walmart spokesman Steven Restivo said the format allowed for more questions to be answered compared to a traditional public forum, adding that most of the people who signed cards in support of the store were seeking jobs.
A Burbank Walmart will offer about 300 jobs, Restivo said.
But some residents said the way the event was laid out didn’t let concerns about Walmart get the public spotlight they deserve.