Apple Tree Building Owner Neither Affirms Nor Denies Wal-Mart Food Store Going In Ocean Beach Site

by on June 21, 2013 · 11 comments

in Economy, Environment, Ocean Beach

Apple Tree prop Nov2012 009 frtsignHow’s that for a sensational headline?

Actually, there is a rumor in Ocean Beach there a Wal-Mart food store is going in at the old Apple Tree Market building on Santa Monica Avenue.

And the OB Rag is trying to track down answers.

Messages – email and phone calls – were left at the Wal-Mart corporate HQ seeking answers.  I did not receive any response all day from Wal-Mart.  And no answer today either.

Today, I called Elliot Megdal and Associates – the owner of the building in OB. I spoke to his assistant Debra who is fairly familiar with all his business. She knew about the Apple Tree Market and empty store.  She was very polite.

I assured her that Mr Megdal had spoken to me last Fall.  “In fact,” I said, “Mr Megdal told me that he had no plans to demolish the building.”

“That’s news to me,” she said, un-reassuringly.

I asked about whether their office could affirm or deny that a Wal-Mart food store is going into the old Apple Tree Market building.

“Mr Megdal can neither affirm or deny that,” she said. “Besides we can’t comment on any lease until it’s signed,” she quickly added.

“What if it’s already signed?” I asked. Debra didn’t have an answer for that.

I then called Don Moser, the name on the ‘for lease’ sign affixed to the top of the old market.  All I got were answering machines and voice mails.

So, there you have it. It’s very difficult trying to get answers from corporations. We don’t know whether the rumor is true or not.

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Goatskull June 21, 2013 at 11:45 am

If the rumor is true the perhaps the store ill be called the Wally Tree?


judi curry June 21, 2013 at 12:33 pm

One more place not to shop.


angeroo June 21, 2013 at 4:58 pm

horrifying to think about Wal in OB…I just threw up in my mouth a lil bit :(


Gordon June 21, 2013 at 9:51 pm

NO Wal-Mart in OB. Sign me up for the picket line


Dave Rice June 21, 2013 at 10:49 pm

This ought to go over about as well as turning the Strand into a porn theater…


Tyler June 22, 2013 at 8:09 am

Surely a chain as horrible as Wal-Mart who’s MO is to destroy mom and pop shops will not be coming to our village. Is there anything we can do to make sure this wont happen shy of raising a disgusting amount of money to buy him out.


Frank Gormlie June 22, 2013 at 3:01 pm

See my latest post: Wal-Mart says they are NOT coming to OB.


Mark June 23, 2013 at 5:55 am

I thought Trader Joe’s was going to move in there, or at least a friend told me that…!


Goatskull June 24, 2013 at 8:41 am

Trader Joes never made any announcements they were even thinking about moving in there. People (myself included) were speculating a “what If” either TJ’s or Sprouts were to go in the Apple Tree space, nothing more.


Kenloc June 24, 2013 at 9:06 am

I emailed Trader Joes asking them to consider the site.They replied that they have no plans to open a store in this area. =(


Sean M June 24, 2013 at 4:45 pm

Amazon ftw. ;)


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