Retail giant Wal-Mart Stores Inc. announced plans to open a new 120,000-square-foot store in West Covina.
The store, which is expected to open this year, will slide into a space once occupied by Mervyns at the Eastland Center shopping area.
"When you look around at the surrounding area, local residents are always looking for affordable shopping options," Steven Restivo, Wal-Mart's director of community affairs, told the San Gabriel Valley Tribune. "We think our store can be part of the solution for West Covina residents."
The announcement brought both praise and opposition from local residents, some of whom have announced at City Council meetings their plans to protest and boycott the store when it opens, the newspaper said. Because the Eastland shopping center is zoned for commercial retail, city officials say the local government and residents cannot prevent the store from opening.