Eastland Shopping Center Gets Walmart Supercenter

The 121,000-square-foot, two story store opened today in place of the vacant spot left by Mervyns.

The Eastland Shopping Center in West Covina has a new tenant.

A Walmart Supercenter opened today at 2753 E. Eastland Center Drive, with the 121,000-square-foot, two-story store filling the vacant spot left by Mervyns, reported the San Gabriel Valley Tribune.

The Mervyns department chain went bankrupt four years ago.

The Walmart is expected to bring in $500,000 in sales tax revenue annually and add jobs for a local economic boost, the newspaper reported. The store, which will be open 24 hours a day and seven days a week, will have 200 full- and part-time employees.

"Many West Covina residents are finding it harder and harder to find local jobs, especially our young people working their way through school and residents who lost their job in the economic downturn," Mayor Mike Touhey told the Tribune. "This store will provide quite a few residents fiscal security at a critical time."

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