For the folks in Burbank who oppose Walmart under any and all circumstances, a California court’s recent decision to halt construction on our new store in Burbank is cause for celebration.
But it is hardly good news for those in the construction industry who would benefit from hundreds of needed construction jobs, nor for Burbank residents who want the retail positions and expanded access to affordable goods that would accompany the opening of a Walmart in Burbank.
Our critics’ rationale for the delay is that the city must build certain traffic improvements before it issues a building permit to Walmart. This ignores the fact that our building permit is no different from the more than 1,300 other building permits that have been issued over the past 12 years at the Empire Center. To understand their true motivation, one doesn’t have to look further than the attorney leading the charge. He has a track record of opposing us in places like Torrance and downtown Los Angeles, and worked with the United Food and Commercial Workers union and other labor interests to oppose us on this project and the one in downtown Los Angeles.