Walmart Market to Replace Vacant Walbaum's in Levittown

Supermaket offers groceries, general merchandise and other products.

A Walmart supermarket is slated to replace the vacant Walbaum's on Hempstead Turnpike in Levittown.

The Walmart Market is different from the general Walmart store. It is a chain of grocery stores that offer a full line of groceries, health and beauty products, photo services, general merchandise and other items. There are currently 199 locations and they were founded in 1998, according to Walmart's website.

A permit was issued on July 2 for work to be done on the interior alterations and building facade, according to Hempstead Town Press Secretary Susan Trenkle-Pokalsky.

It is unknown when the Walmart market will open. Representatives from Walmart's corporate office could not be reached immediately for comment.

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Levittown Chamber of Commerce President Dean Baer told Patch that he is happy to see the vacant building being filled.

“Any type of new business coming in to fill in the old buildings is a good thing,” Baer said. “We have a lot of empty stores and we really can’t have that.”

The closest Walmart department store is located in East Meadow, just two miles west on Hempstead Turnpike.

What do you think about a Walmart supermarket opening in Levittown? Tell us in the comments below.

Ken Konrad August 16, 2012 at 07:21 PM
The only people complaining about how WalMart employees are treated are union goons. The employees themselves have been interviewed and are positive about their jobs.
Ken Konrad August 16, 2012 at 07:26 PM
forgetmenot, go tell it to the hordes of unemployed that show up whenever a new store is about to open, looking to be employed.
Robert Demarco August 17, 2012 at 12:26 PM
Ken is correct about Walmart and the unions. They will not let Walmart into the five boroughs, and the unions are one of the major reasons.
mpb August 21, 2012 at 09:00 PM
Work begins 09/03/12 store opening12/01/12
wakeup kate August 22, 2012 at 01:30 AM
someone must be celebrating a birthday............gets your cards out
wakeup kate August 22, 2012 at 01:44 AM
instead of all the bickering within lets try and get together here. Yes Levittown has gone down .Yes a lot of stores have been closed for years .Yes our taxes are high Yes its impossible to open a store here (see birthday card) all in all its up to us to fix it !! How? Yes errrr NO NO NO more Kate and company time to clen up the house
paul August 22, 2012 at 02:03 AM
To wakeup kate: Thanks. I will gets my cards out.... Where should I sends thems to???
Santa Claus August 22, 2012 at 05:13 PM
NO NO NO more Gary!!! No No No more Nazi-ism it the Town Of Hempstead!!! The Building Dept. should be just that, the building dept.... There to make sure the structure being built is safe...PERIOD!!! Not to come by your house and give out tickets because you have a vehicle without plates on it or for some other reason that is stupid! This county and township is so broke that they thing it's ok to summons people for bullshit... Stick to the job title... Get rid of 1/2 the unneeded departments in the town and county and we will save millions of dollars.... Don't create more jobs for the town and county and then summons the home OWNERS so we can pay your salary. What corruption... it really sucks. I would love to see the people as in "We the people" take our town and county back!!! If we had enough of us to stick together, we could do it!!! Think about it....
Robert Demarco August 22, 2012 at 05:25 PM
The problem is that there are too many of "them" . All the patronage recipients and their families vote as a bloc to insure continued "employment". They have such a head start in any election that there are not enough of us to defeat them. Meanwhile, the Town and County continue to overspend by doling out this patronage.
paul August 22, 2012 at 05:28 PM
To Santa Claus: You said: "Not to come by your house and give out tickets because you have a vehicle without plates on it or for some other reason that is stupid! " That is not stupid that would be the correct thing to do. Summons and then tow after a period of time. It is a Quality of Life issue. And by the way, the housing dept should look into all the illegal apts too and summons the home owner as well....
Ken Konrad August 22, 2012 at 05:29 PM
Good for you, Santa. The town, the county, the state and the federal governments are bloated and need a good trimming. Looking forward to November and beyond.
Lin Test August 22, 2012 at 07:54 PM
Paul, What I think Santa is trying to say is that they should stay within the guidelines of what they were created to do and that was to ensure the safety of the buildings and homes being built. Not, for instance, making putting up a fence or installing a replacement toilet a federal case. People are just getting fed up with the ridiculous way the Town wants to take a cut of every little bit of work that you do on your home, then tax the heck out of the improvement to boot-- all while there are abandoned buildings like the old KMART that are in disrepair and smell repugnant -- yet the building department allows the owner of the property to leave it in that state.
Santa Claus August 23, 2012 at 08:23 AM
Thank you Lin Test.... Amen!!! You said it perfect!
Santa Claus August 23, 2012 at 03:13 PM
Yes that's what I said Paul. Not my house in specific but any house. That's not there job and it shouldn't be illegal! By the way, it's not illegal. It's not in ANY law book. It's a made up bullsh*t that NO homeowners voted on! The Police up hold the law, not the town Nazi's! Paul it's illegal to do certain sex acts in your OWN house with your wife, should we peek thru your windows and see what's going on in there? When your done thinking about all the stones you have thrown in the glass house, lighten up! If having a car with no plates is a quaility of life issue, then you have issues. It has nothing to do with quality of life. I bet you are nosey with your neighbors. People buy homes so they can have a piece of property which they OWN and should be able to do as they want. Maybe they collect old cars, or they just bought a car for their kid who needs it for college or work and they didn't put it on the road yet because they need a few weeks to save up for insurance and registration. You must work for the town or someone close to you does. We don't have a "Housing dept", It's the "Building dept". We should look into the TOWN employees, taking the vehicles home and wasting the tax payers money. We should look into the TOWN employees that constantly steal time from work that we pay for. Should look into peoples windows and see if they are breaking the law? So just sit back, and try to be a likeable neighbor instead of a controling, nosey neighbor. Merry Christmas!
paul August 23, 2012 at 03:37 PM
To Santa Claus: You make me laugh. You are so wrong on many accounts. If you do not have it properly registered, suffer the consequences and get summonses and then eventually towed. It is that simple. You obviously have no idea on what a quality of life issue is. Oh I know why, you may be part of the problem........ Just saying..... Wonder if you illegally rent or own. Just asking....
Ken Konrad August 23, 2012 at 03:50 PM
If you want a real laugh, drop by the TOH Building Dept. and look into what one needs to do to have a frigging tool shed on their property. Be ready to get a surveyor, blueprints and inspections and give them money... for a tool shed? These people like to lord over us in any way they can. It's a power issue with all government agencies. I tried to buy a gift US Savings Bond for my granddaughter's education where I usually do, at my Chase branch. And guess what? Treasury Dept. has decided to save paper by issuing only virtual bonds and only can be purchased from Treasury online. I went to their site, www.treasurydirect.com and it's closed for construction. Now what? Government does NOTHING well except extract money from taxpayers by threats of force. Start the changes in November, folks.
Santa Claus August 24, 2012 at 02:26 PM
To Paul, You sound like a nosey neighbor... look in your own backyard. You are dead wrong on ALL accounts! But then again, you sound like someone who isn't capable of thinking for themself so you need to follow somebody else's path. Every used car you bought, you had it insured and registered before you put it on your driveway? I doubt it!!! If having a car with no plates on your driveway is a quality of life issue to you, then you really need to get a life. If you lived next door to me, I'd make you move! I don't have to rent, thank GOD... But I sense you are prejudice to people who aren't as fortunate as people who own their own home... You need help! I bet you were picked on in school...LMAOOOOOOOOOO
Santa Claus August 24, 2012 at 02:35 PM
To Ken Konrad, You are sooooo right! You need a permit for putting a nail in a shingle...LOLOL These people need to be STOPPED from lording over us... I would love to get a group of people to stand behind each other and grow very large till we can take back over our own lives and restore our quality of life as it used to be in the 60's and 70's. If we can gather enough people, we can do it!!! We the people NEVER voted the town ordinances in... We need to re-vamp all of them. Too many people are robots and brainwashed like this wacko Paul... Time for a BIG change!!!
paul August 24, 2012 at 03:10 PM
To Santa Claus: There is a difference between parked in front of your house or parked on your driveway. You previously stated you have a car not registered without plates parked in front of your home. Which is it in front of your home or is it on your driveway. Please reread what you have written. You said in front of your home...
Mrs. W September 16, 2012 at 11:12 PM
Levittown is middle class in the middle of long Island. You do have a little of everything here as far as the demographics go. But the Shopping on all sides of Levittown is endless. People come from everywhere to shop in this area. You have every store under the sun in less than a 10 min. drive in any direction from our house in N. Levittown. The train is 3 miles. Streets are a little tricky but that's what the GPS is for. The neighbors couldn't be friendlier, it seems that the elementary school is pretty good. You can keep the entertainment out of Levittown, if I wanted that I'd still be living in the city. There are probably a handful of teenagers that need a good kick in the a** or a night in jail. Happens everywhere even your beloved Babylon or Huntington. Which are both nice but no thank you.
Debbie Hickman Webb September 17, 2012 at 04:27 PM
To continue the two above comments, Did you all receive the latest mailing from Gary & Kate? No more ads on flag banners. Really? Are they that distracting for our WONDERFUL quality of life here in Levittown? I could think of many other topics they should be spending their time and OUR money on when they are SUPPOSE to doing our bidding for us in TOH government business. Ever think that maybe you two should be LOWERING our taxes! I guess finally receiving our newest recycle bucket is justification for our high taxes, right? By the way, a couple of years ago we put our recyclables in a can the same size as the new one and we were told by the TOH sanitation men that it was too big. (Sure enough since the one we had was falling apart-since they are thrown down on the ground- the next day we had a new one with a signed note from Gary. I did call his office to say thank you.) So now this section of Levittown has finally-we were the last section- received our new recycle bucket and it's as tall as the one I mentioned previously! Umm? By the way, do all you Levittowners know that in the town of N. Merrick the TOH Sanitation men go into the residents yards, pick up their garbage/recycling cans and then empty them into their trucks!
Robert Demarco September 17, 2012 at 05:16 PM
They are in a special sanitation district, which they are trying to disband and absorb into TOH.
Santa Claus September 17, 2012 at 05:20 PM
Curt, Babylon or Huntington??? Are you serious??? Both those neighborhoods have such trashy sections... DId you mean Babylon on the water perhaps? Or Huntington on the water perhaps? You don't know your neighborhoods. At least Levittown, North, South, West, East, or Central is all good... Can you say that about Babylon or Huntington...NO WAY!!! So go crawl back into your trailer park and stay there!
Santa Claus September 17, 2012 at 05:35 PM
Hey Paul, take some reading classes.... I said a car parked in your driveway. I NEVER said a car parked in front of your home... Pay attention, I know it's getting hard to follow.... You need to show me where I said "in front of my home".... Stop your BS and YOU re-read what I wrote... Then let it sink in and then when you go to your job at the Town of Hempstead, don't waste the tax payers money answering this comment... Do it on your time when you get home. Have a nice day :)
Santa Claus September 17, 2012 at 05:39 PM
I knew about the backyard pick-up in Merrick... It's amazing, isn't it!?!?!?! That is what you call the biggest BIAS thing done right under everybody elses noses! I would LOVE to hear Gary and Kates explaination for that... Please explain Gary, Kate or some other town official.... We are all ears!!!!
Big Man September 17, 2012 at 07:36 PM
If the employees said anything bad about Walmart when interviewed, they would be fired,,,,,,wake up and smell the coffee.
Debbie Hickman Webb September 18, 2012 at 10:46 PM
Robert: I guess they are in a special sanitation district just like we in Levittown are in a special Park district, right? Look at your tax bill, we DO pay more money for this "special" district AND we still have to pay more money when we go to a TOH park like Echo & Bellmore's skating rink! Do they pay more money???
Robert Demarco September 18, 2012 at 11:44 PM
Hi, Debbie, I only know about the sanitation district from another Patch story. I really have not studied it or formed an opinion. Most of the posters on that story seem to be workers in the special district who feel they will lose their jobs if it is voted out. I do know that special districts are controversial, and one wonders why we need this extra layer of government.
Mickey January 04, 2013 at 07:25 AM
Any update on the Walmart Grocery Store and when they expect to open? I see they are now working on the interior!! Can't wait for a Waldbaum's replacement! Shopping in King Kullen is tough if you live on the North side of the turnpike!! With the NO LEFT TURN signs coming out of King Kullen onto Gardners Ave. there is no options for those who need to go North on Jerusalem Ave. Can't cross 3 lanes of traffic to get to the intersection from the KK parking lot!!
Kat March 05, 2013 at 02:37 AM
Why didn't they just try the old vacant K-Mart building across the street? More parking & there's only 1 other store they would be sharing space with. I just can't see them having enough space to park currently.


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