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The Westfield Group delays Walmart discussion

Posted: September 28, 2012 6:32 p.m.
Updated: September 28, 2012 6:32 p.m.

The Westfield Group has delayed discussion of design changes for a Walmart Neighborhood Market at the Valencia Town Center Patios area.

Originally scheduled for discussion at a public hearing at the city of Santa Clarita’s Planning Commission on Oct. 16, Westfield on Monday asked to move the agenda item to a future, unspecified date, said Jeff Hogan, planning manager for the city of Santa Clarita.

Westfield has been working on filling 30,399 square feet of retail space on the east end of the Patios near Sears, across from the Chronic Cantina, Hogan said.

“They’re requesting redesign of the entry way (to the mall) and parking areas to improve circulation,” he said. “They also want to address issues with the loading dock and architectural changes to the building façade — as well as a cart return area.”

Running 38,000 square feet on average, the Walmart Neighborhood Markets are about one-fifth the size of the Walmart Supercenters. They carry fresh produce, meat and dairy products, bakery and deli items, and a pharmacy.

Westfield is constantly looking for new ways to design their shopping centers, said Katy Dickey, executive vice president of communications for Westfield. But Dickey declined to state why the company, with a portfolio of shopping centers worldwide, suspended the agenda item at this time.

“Westfield originally submitted design changes in April,” Hogan said. “The planning application hasn’t been withdrawn at all. We’re still working with them.”

Walmart has three stores in the Santa Clarita Valley, located in Stevenson Ranch, Valencia and Canyon Country.


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