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The Los Angeles Times reports that Walmart has opened a 34,000 square foot Neighborhood Market store in the Los Angeles Chinatown neighborhood.

The store has been highly controversial since it was announced back in 2011. Walmart and its supporters have said that it brings affordable shopping options to a neighborhood that desperately needs them. But opponents have said that it is out-of-character for Chinatown and is likely to hurt small, independent businesses in the area.

While opponents have been loud, they have not been very effective. For example, in 2012, the Los Angeles City Council voted to temporarily ban large chain store from opening units in the city’s Chinatown neighborhood, but they were a little late - because Walmart obtained the necessary permits to open a grocery store there the day before the vote. Walmart had announced its intentions a month ago. Opponents of the store say they plan to file an appeal of the retailer’s construction permits.
KC's View:
I don't want to minimize the importance of allowing LA's Chinatown to maintain its character. But, as I understand it, there is a Subway next door and a Burger King across the street. And the store is at the corner of Cesar E. Chavez Boulevard, for crying out loud.

This has always been about politics, not ethnic identity.