KPCC: Altadena Walmart: Small businesses worry about competition from major retailer

By Wendy Lee | October 30th, 2012, 6:00am

These days, Sanghui Yoo says her husband has trouble sleeping. He tosses and turns, stressed out about the construction across the street on a new Walmart Neighborhood Market that threatens to kill their tiny liquor store.

Yoo and others in the community say they are scared of what will happen when the retail giant opens its doors. For five years, the empty building on Lincoln Avenue in Altadena was an eyesore. While the neighborhood might not be the most attractive, small businesses nearby—several of them run by first generation immigrants—have continued to operate.

There are about a dozen family-owned businesses from a clothing shop to a party store filled with piñatas that dot the street and cater to the working class community. Wal-Mart could change all that.

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