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Sound Off: Will You Shop at the New Walmart Market in Levittown?

Let us know what you think in the comments below.

The vacant Walbaum's building in Levittown is getting a makeover - the building will be converted into a Walmart Market, a chain of grocery stores that was founded by the company in 1998.

In our original story posted Thursday, feelings were mixed. Several residents commented that they would have rather liked to see a Trader Joe's open up, while others said they are thrilled the vacant store is being rented.

How do you feel about the news of a Walmart Market opening in Levittown? Do you plan to shop there when it opens? Tell us what you think in the comments below.

Ken Konrad September 03, 2012 at 07:54 PM
joe, at least we don't have to pay the NYC sales tax.
joe c September 03, 2012 at 09:06 PM
hopefully they make them hire local kids and adults from levittown, id like to speak to someone who understands english
Johnny June 02, 2013 at 09:07 AM
Has anyone been near the hiring center? Those who have quickly realize that Walmart's "Neighborhood" Market is NOT staffing it's store with neighborhood residents. Call me old fashioned, but when Corporate America enters a community and wants to peddle its goods to locals, they should also staff their store with locals...or at least try to. Levittown is in for a rude awakening. I don't care how inexpensive they might be, i wont be shopping there because its shameful that this store is being staffed with people who don't live in the community. I'm not alone when I say I'd rather pay more to shop somewhere else. Don't believe me? See for yourself when the store opens.
Ken Konrad June 02, 2013 at 09:49 AM
Johnny, are there people at the Walmart hiring center who are identifying and excluding local residents from applying?
yeahitzme June 02, 2013 at 10:59 AM
Yes, if you notice the manager that was hired for the New Walmart was also not a local...I believe the person may have been from Jersey? So as you can see...the staffing will probably follow suit...if I am unhappy with the staff and cleanliness of a store or incompetence of employees (slow registers, unhelpful assistance, unkempt displays etc.), I choose not to shop at that location. Although I avoid the East Meadow Walmart like the plague from unpleasant experiences each time I've been there (disheveled displays, rude patrons, extremely slow long lines at register, etc.), I will reserve my opinion on this new Walmart Food Market until it opens and I personally have a chance to "give it a chance!" I hope to see that the staffing also includes local residents to support the community it is servicing! Things sure are "a changin!!!"
Ken Konrad June 02, 2013 at 12:45 PM
Johnny, who are those locals who have been complaining that they are not being hired because they are local? I can't see the advantage to Walmart hiring someone who has to commute from New Jersey over a local inhabitant who lives in the area and knows other local residents. Therefore, to me, this complaint does not pass the smell test.
Johnny June 03, 2013 at 07:43 PM
I personally know 3 people from Levittown who have "complained" that their online applications were lost....2 of which applied online 4 times. I also know someone who was offered a job as a "temp cashier" - and wasn't told that it was a temporary position....found out during orientation. This person sat through orientation and training with a room full of people from Uniondale and Hempstead. Not 1 person from Levittown. Again....ou don't have to believe me....please see for yourself when the store opens.
Johnny June 03, 2013 at 07:45 PM
Ps- each of these people who applied online went back into the hiring center only to be told "I'm sorry, we can't locate your application, please reapply online"
joe c June 03, 2013 at 07:54 PM
so there will be more non english speaking people working there like the east meadow one, disgrace like this whole country try asking for help in east meadow store u get huh wha huh wha 3rd grade graduates
Johnny June 03, 2013 at 07:56 PM
Yes Joe....the person that I know sat next to a woman during orientation that didn't understand English. Kept asking this person what was being said bc she didn't understand.
Jason June 03, 2013 at 10:44 PM
Same as what johnny said my friend had the same problem when he went to orientation and he did not know a single person from levittown there. Its quite horrible bc there prices will beat the 3 stores in levittown for sure bc there not union, no raises, no beneifts, no sick time, vacation, or anything. Thats the only reason why prices are high in the other grocery stores. And I work in one of the three and believe me were all scared and according to most vendors there going after king kullen first, pathmark second and then on to stop and shop. hopefully the store fails in the first year. if any questions message me.
Ken Konrad June 04, 2013 at 08:06 AM
Let's see if I've gotten this right: Both "Johnny" and "Jason" complain that local residents are being turned down for Walmart jobs. But that those jobs are awful because they pay less than other stores, don't offer employees healthcare, and besides, we ought to fear Walmart's low food prices? Well, if the jobs are so bad, why are so many complaining that they can't get those awful jobs? Here is the real story, folks: Unions are leaking membership like crazy in the last twenty years. And those union bosses are terrified that their membership will realize that with coming free healthcare via Obamacare, who needs to pay dues to get union healthcare when they will get it anyway? And Walmart employees will also get that free healthcare, according to Prez Obama. Fewer union shops means fewer members to pay those bosses. I can see why Jason and Johnny fear lower food prices for Levittowners.... well, actually I can't. Union bosses all over the country are ordering their members to make phoney complaints about union-free Walmart. And Jason and Johnny seem to be obeying.
Robert Demarco June 04, 2013 at 08:19 AM
I am reading all of the posts on this thread, and I think that, all in all, the Walmart store will be good for Levittown. It is true that the Eat Meadow store is a mess for all the reasons mentioned in the previous posts. The Uniondale store is much better, with neat shelves and friendlier personnel. As to the other stores: when supermarkets came along, they jeopardized the mom and pops. Now Walmart is here. This is called COMPETITION. The other supermarkets will have to compete. Walmart is the largest grocer in the country, yet there are many other supermarkets in the South, West, etc., and they all co-exist. Perhaps the unions need a dose of reality.
yeahitzme June 04, 2013 at 09:30 AM
Free health care through Obamacare??? Let me know where I can sign up for that since my hardworking family is paying more than ever with the new Obamacare on the way... and yes, these new establishments should complement the area and community they are in and not have selective hiring practices if that is the case. I know first hand applicants applying for local jobs have been turned down for NOT speaking "Spanish!" And that's a fact! Unions have protected the rights of workers in general for the most part and have improved the lives of many middle class families, but unfortunately, like anything else...too much power ...corrupts and then the system fails...but free healthcare with Walmart...who wouldn't want the job these days! Only problem is...with Obamacare ...there will be no doctors in the system to see soon...without a profit incentive for a person to spend 8 years going to college to become a physician to make pennies in the Obamacare system...they will opt to become vets! We are all getting taxed out of our communities! When we all leave...who will pay the bill???
Robert Demarco June 04, 2013 at 10:36 AM
Unions were necessary when workers were oppressed. They gave a voice to those who had none. Unfortunately, like the previous poser said, power corrupts, and the demands and work rules of the unions made it difficult for many American industries to compete with foreign companies. If Walmart brings lower prices to a community that already pays too much for everything, what is wrong with that. If prospective employees don't like the salary or working conditions, don't work there. Someone will take the 90 jobs.
Johnny June 04, 2013 at 11:10 AM
A note to Ken Konrad- my post was not about poor work conditions and lousy jobs. My post was not about union free shops. My post was about a concern that Walmart was not hiring local residents. If you want to go on a rant about union labor and Obamacare, be my guest. But please don't twist my words and use my post to step onto your soapbox. I choose my words carefully and don't appreciate your ASSUMPTION that I take exception to union-free Walmart. Perhaps you should re-read my post. Next time get your facts straight.
dd June 04, 2013 at 01:40 PM
Johnny, Walmart is hiring local people & they do speak English! I know someone who got a job there & is training right now. They were also offered $9.50 per hour. This person is young & hasn't started their career yet. For them it's a good job, for someone looking to marry & start a family & looking for some sort of job security it's not good! No union = no job security, no raises, no vacations, no holidays etc. I know there are no guarantees in life but having a union behind you is a little bit of a safe feeling.
Johnny June 04, 2013 at 03:11 PM
dd-glad to hear that you know someone local who was hired. I sincerely hope that they do more local hiring...
Robert Demarco June 04, 2013 at 03:34 PM
If the jobs are attractive they will draw applicants. Shoppers will vote on the Walmart store with their patronage. If it is a good experience people will shop there, if not, they will go elsewhere. It will be a lower price option.
Regina June 06, 2013 at 01:35 PM
As a Levittown resident, I will shop there, but the moment I see it going down hill in cleanliness (store and parking area), I will head elsewhere.
Carol June 24, 2013 at 02:19 PM
I only go to the EM store as a last result. No one there understands english. I hate when im steered in the opposite direction of what i asked for. The lot is a mess as well. If this place stays clean, i can ask a question and get a response that makes sense to me and if i can park in the same lot as the store, i will try it. I would rather pay more and not have to deal with those issues. I was really hoping they were going to open a Uncle Giuseppes there :-(
Ken Konrad June 24, 2013 at 03:19 PM
I would give a lot to know that an Uncle Giuseppe's. would be closer. I LOVE the East Meadow store.
Carol June 24, 2013 at 03:23 PM
I started at the EM store but i go to the mass store now. The massapeqa store is even better, i never want to leave it.
Butter July 02, 2013 at 09:46 AM
I will def check out the new store which will be very convenient however if I enter that store and people don't speak English I will be blasting wallmart all over levittown patch. This is America we speak English here. If you live here speak our language. What good is an employee when you need help and they look at you and smile no understand!!!!!!!!
Carol July 02, 2013 at 10:35 AM
Unfortunatly, levittown people wont stick together by not shopping there. Now that I read johnnys comments about his friends and the news store, i'll just keep going to pathmark. I like shopping in the middle of the night anyway, no crowds, and they all speak english.
sherri volpe July 04, 2013 at 08:08 PM
i am quite excited to shop at the new store..and just to let you know my daughter was hired there as were some of her friends.all seniors from division av..and yes they all speak english:)
Laura Kramer July 12, 2013 at 08:40 AM
You should think about how many jobs are being lost by the denial of 24 hour permits. 2 drug stores were denied as well as king kullen. Im sure walmart tried.
Robert Demarco July 12, 2013 at 09:25 AM
But it so 1950's like, just the way Kate and Gary want it.
Carol July 20, 2013 at 08:29 PM
What does everyone think of the new walmart market? i've been there twice and will never go back. Both times they didnt have a few things on my list. They had 1 bunch of parsley, which was bad. They had 1 case of poland spring which was missing 2 bottles. No arizona ice tea jugs. Star anise. Thats just to name a few. I hate when I have to go to 2 stores to get what I need. I then went to stop n shop and got everything I needed. Bye bye walmart...
Susan Simonson Stewart August 12, 2013 at 06:02 AM
I wont be shopping in walmart unless they send out a circular of weekly items. I gear my shopping list by the circular choosing what I want along with what I need.

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