June 1, 2013
While there are factions that oppose WalMart in general as a “big-box” invader, there are also a few within the Morongo Basin who would put up their life’s savings to help kill the opening of the new WalMart Super Center at the eastern edge of the town limits of Yucca Valley – which is adjoined by Joshua Tree.
As of April 29, 2013, according to store manager Milagros Robinson, WalMart will hire about 80 new employees. Since May 2013 is already over, those still interested in applying for a job at WalMart can complete applications at one of the three hiring kiosks inside the current store. Do not go to the “new” store to apply. Interested applicants may also apply online at careers.walmart.com.
According to store manager Milagros Robinson, the store will be hiring both full- and part-time workers. “We are excited to expand the Walmart in Yucca Valley and bring good jobs with great career opportunities to the area,” said Robinson.
Walmart’s full-time hourly wage in California is $12.93 per hour.
The majority of new hires will begin work in May to help prepare the new 184,000-square-foot store, still under construction at this writing, for its grand re-opening at the new location of 58501 Twentynine Palms Highway, east of Wallgreen’s and next door to Home Depot. The new Supercenter construction site is about 25 1/2 acres on the south side of the 29-Palms Hwy at the south-east corner of Avalon Avenue. The Supercenter building itself will cover about 22 acres, according to the company’s environmental report, and would include 920 parking spaces, 3,500 square feet of additional retail space and a 4,000-square-foot fast food restaurant, according to legal documents.
What weighs heavy in my personal assessment of those in opposition to the “big-box” concept is how many familiar faces I have personally observed inside the current Walmart store pushing their partially filled shopping carts….. and those packing their newly purchased goods into their vehicles.