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Pico Rivera Wal-Mart closure a worry for city
Pico Rivera Wal-Mart closure a worry for city

The 2002 grand opening of Pico Rivera's Wal-Mart had all the hallmarks of a big event in a small town: The mayor, wielding oversized scissors, cuts a ribbon; the excited crowd streams through a balloon arch into the shining anchor of a new shopping center. Thirteen years later, that mayor, Gregory Salcido, is back at the helm of the working-class city in southeast Los Angeles County. But the shine is off the Wal-Mart, which closed abruptly April 13 because of what the corporation described as serious plumbing problems. "It's a severe blow to our community, certainly, with the local economy, the homes and families, in terms of those people that were counting on those...

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