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Public To Weigh In On Proposed Wal-Mart Store In Burbank

BURBANK (CBS) — The world's biggest retailer wants to move into the Empire Center — but residents in Burbank may not be so eager to welcome their new neighbor.

KNX 1070's Pete Demetriou reports the City Council will hear a long list of grievances against the proposed Wal-Mart store at tonight's meeting.


Store officials have yet to release details about whether the 120,000-square-foot will offer a broader range of items such as home improvement and grocery products or whether the store will remain open 24 hours a day.

While some opponents are worried that the mega-store could bring traffic congestion to the popular shopping center, others simply don't approve of the corporation — which only employs non-union workers — or the type of clientele it attracts.

"It's like our society is moving away from trying to be the best we can and just trying to make do with as little as we can," said Burbank resident Jim Johnson.

But one employee of a nearby fast food store wasn't nearly so downbeat.

"It's about jobs, it's about money," he said. "They're the number one retailer in the world for a reason, right?

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