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Wal-Mart, Locked Out of San Diego, Planning Supercenters in North County

Wal-Mart, banned from building Supercenters in San Diego in December, submitted applications this month to build two such super-sized stores in North County.

The Supercenters, to be located in Oceanside and Vista, would be expansions of existing sites, according to published reports.

Wal-Mart appears to be snubbing the city of San Diego, which crafted an ordinance last fall that prohibits stores in excess of 90,000 square feet with more than 10 percent of floor space devoted to selling groceries and other merchandise not subject to sales tax.

The ordinance was widely believed to be directed at the Bentonville, Ark., retailer, which had admitted to scouting the city for superstore sites before the ordinance was adopted.

A Wal-Mart Supercenter is the retailer’s largest store format.

A minimum of 84,000 square feet, the stores combine Wal-Mart’s usual array of discounted merchandise with groceries.

San Diego city officials said they opposed the construction and operation of giant retail stores because of traffic impacts and unfair competition to small businesses.

Wal-Mart spokesman Kevin McCall has been quoted as saying that it would take six months to a year to expand the Oceanside and Vista stores, but he could not say when construction would begin once approvals are in place.

He said the retailer is still subject to the application processes within each city.

The Oceanside Wal-Mart store earmarked for expansion is located at state Route 76 and College Boulevard.

The Vista store to be expanded is located in North County Square off state Route 78.

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All About The Glam:

“Go for the Glam,” a fund-raiser for low-income women seeking to enter the work force, is scheduled for April 19. The event will feature retailers selling clothing and jewelry with a portion benefiting the Dress for Success San Diego program.

Among the participating retailers are Civil Disobedience, Fresh, Niche and Sorella. Civil Disobedience recently relocated from Little Italy to 4S Ranch. Fresh is in Hillcrest, and Niche and Sorella are in Little Italy.

The event will feature light appetizers, cocktails, a silent auction and music.

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‘Pretty’ New:

Mexican designer Emilia Castillo has opened her new jewelry and home d & #233;cor store, on La Jolla’s exclusive Prospect Street.

Previously, Castillo said her designs were available only in Mexico and at a few Neiman Marcus stores.

The Emilia Castillo La Jolla store, at 1273 Prospect St., is 1,300 square feet in size and employs three people.

Send retail news to Jessica Long at jlong@sdbj.com. She may also be reached at (858) 277-6359, ext. 3114.


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