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Is this the start of Chinatown's grocery gentrification? Love it or hate it, the big-box behemoth that is Walmart finally opened the doors to its massive 34,000-square-foot Neighborhood Market last week, and DTLA expert Brigham Yen reports the all-in-one produce and pharmacy store is getting lots of love from locals.
Despite garnering plenty of protests at every step of development, the giant chain store is enjoying a steady stream of customers from nearby Chinatown, observes the Downtown Rising blogger. About half of the shoppers are heading to the store on foot, a Walmart rep tells Yen, while one commenter has spotted Eastside hipsters, European tourists and Dodger fans browsing the retailer's aisles.
· New Walmart Neighborhood Market Opens 34,000 SF Store in Chinatown, Downtown LA [BY]