September 16, 2011
After weeks of local fretting - or anticipation, depending on which side of the fence you're on - Walmart has confirmed that it plans to move into the former Great Indoors site adjacent to the Empire Center. When the move will occur, and in what form the store will take, remains to be seen; company representatives say plans are still preliminary. It's in this stage of the game that Burbank residents should get involved. With the question of whether a Walmart is or isn't a good fit for Burbank apparently moot, the game now turns to one of design.
February 21, 2012
Opponents of a planned Walmart in Burbank drew upon the strength of unions Tuesday night to give the noisiest local protest yet to the mega-retailer. More than 100 people, bolstered by the organized support of labor unions, swarmed outside Burbank City Hall before the City Council meeting, using a loudspeaker to sound off on the idea of a Walmart next to the Empire Center. In a show of how the labor movement has latched on to the cause, about 30 members of Warehouse Workers United - which advocates for better working conditions in Inland Empire distribution centers - marched down Olive Avenue to the beat of a snare drum to join the protest.
December 24, 2013
Gregory Krikorian clearly knows how to utilize chamber of commerce corporate-speak in his defense of Walmart in the Leader (“ Walmart could create 250 new jobs ,” Op-Ed, Dec. 18), but he fails to inform the readers about the true nature of Walmart's history of exploiting workers and destroying small businesses across the United States with non-competitive and predatory business practices. Krikorian laments the vacant Great Indoors structure and claims that a new Walmart store will create about 250 jobs.
July 22, 2011
Walmart is the biggest and strongest department store in the world. And we could see it in Burbank soon (“Walmart to engage community,” July 20). It will have its good and bad effects on our community. After the public's swift and blistering reaction online to news that Walmart may move into the Great Indoors store next to the Empire Center, a “No Wal Mart in Burbank” page on Facebook was created. I and lots of people joined this page to share our opinions and suggestions.
October 22, 2013
With all of the pending development in the city (the proposed hotels downtown, the expansion of the airport terminal, Talaria at Burbank, the vacant Osh store), I encourage every interested resident to read the L.A. Superior Court's final ruling on Ingalsbee, etc. v. City of Burbank and Walmart Stores, Inc. It can be found online. Whether you were for or against a Walmart at the former location of the Great Indoors , it is worth noting that the judge found that “the City has proceeded in a manner not authorized by law, failed to conduct any environmental assessment when the facts and circumstances clearly require at least an initial inquiry, and failed to exercise its discretion when clearly required to do so as to specific elements of the proposed development.” The ruling also states that “The failure to carry out the specified roadway improvements [at the Empire Center development]
January 7, 2014
It's ironic that people, like those opposed to Walmart, complain about how Walmart hurts the small business sector causing closings and empty buildings in cities and creating more traffic problems and harming the environment. Well, Burbank is slowly accumulating empty buildings around town and Walmart has nothing to do with it. As a matter of fact, the store would actually reduce the number of empty buildings in town if only it was allowed to occupy the Great Indoors building as intended.
December 14, 2012
Walmart was dealt a setback this week in its efforts to open a store in Burbank when the judge hearing a lawsuit filed by three local residents to block the store's construction was reassigned just days before a hearing to schedule a trial. Just how much of a delay the reassignment of Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Ann I. Jones - who will now act as supervising judge of budget planning and administration for the court system - will cause is not certain. But Jones is one of six judges who hear cases involving the California Environmental Quality Act, which is one of the issues at the center of the Walmart case.
August 23, 2012
A court-ordered injunction issued Thursday against a planned Walmart in Burbank could sideline the project and force the city to prove the world's largest retailer won't cause significant harm to local roadways and businesses. Walmart had been planning to renovate the former Great Indoors site adjacent to the Empire Center in time to open in mid- to late 2013, but the Los Angeles County Superior Court injunction on Thursday effectively stops all work until the claims raised in a lawsuit filed by three Burbank residents earlier this year are settled.
November 21, 2001
Karen S. Kim MEDIA DISTRICT NORTH -- Retailers in the 103-acre Burbank Empire Center have been progressively opening their doors over the past two months, just in time for the approaching holiday shopping season. But they're not done yet. Nearly 25 businesses are still scheduled to open before the retail portion of the $250-million center is complete. One is the much-awaited Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, opening Dec. 11. "We think this is a terrific community for Krispy Kreme," said Richard Reinis, chief executive officer for corporate parent Great Circle Family Foods.
October 4, 2003
Molly Shore Members of the Burbank Advisory Council on Disabilities have compiled a list of obstacles they say challenge disabled people attempting to shop or dine at the Burbank Empire Center. According to Janet Diel, chairwoman of the advisory council's Barrier Committee, the panel has noted several different obstructions they say need to be corrected by the developer of the nearly 1.3-million-square-foot shopping center. "Beginning at the Great Indoors, the parking and walkway areas onto the sidewalk leading to Best Buy present challenges for the blind and for people in wheelchairs because trees and planters in this area are impediments to safely crossing through the area," Diel said at the advisory council's Sept.