Jan 18, 2011 6:09 PM by Ariel Wesler

Walmart appeals expansion project to Lompoc city council

After the Lompoc Planning Commission denied Walmart's Environmental Impact Report for its expansion in October, the company is appealing the decision tonight before the Lompoc city council.

Walmart wants to add 41,000 square feet to expand the existing store at 701 West Central Avenue, turning it into a Walmart Supercenter with a full-service grocery department, expanded pharmacy, electronics department and an outdoor garden center.

Supporters say it will bring jobs to a city with the highest unemployment rate in Santa Barbara County. Opponents argue it will drive out smaller business that cannot compete with the giant retailer.

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