Another Wal-Mart may be coming to a town near you.
Wal-Mart announced today it will apply with the city of Livingston to build a 162,797-square-foot Super Wal-Mart store, a company spokesman said.
As part of the Blueberry Crossing Development, just off Highway 99, Wal-Mart would be the anchor store for a 317,000-square-foot development, possibly including a hotel, conference center and commercial space, said Wal-Mart spokesman Aaron Rios.
"We are filing an application with the city of Livingston," he said.
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The store would employ about 450 people, he added. Along with the variety of products usually found in Wal-Mart, the location would also have a full-scale grocery store.
Former mayor and owner of Livingston True Value, Brandon Friesen, said Wal-Mart could be good or bad for the town.
"I don't mind them coming in as long as they pay their way," he said. While many cities fight against Wal-Mart. he said, since Livingston doesn't have a lot of retail stores, the giant retailer would fill a need.
Nick Robinson, a local organizer with WARN, or Wal-Mart Alliance for Reform Now, said Wal-Mart has a record of mistreating its employees and paying them barely better than minimum wage.
There are cases where Wal-Mart locked employees in the store and discriminated against workers because of their gender, he alleged. Wal-Mart, he said, is not all it's cracked up to be.
Wal-Mart has denied similar allegations made in other parts of the country.
Reporter Jonah Owen Lamb can be reached at (209) 385-2484 or email@example.com.