It is considered one of the company’s high-volume sites, he added. “The Industry store does very well for us … The problem is the site there is very limiting,” Rios said. “Our ability to be able to expand on that site is really very limited because it is restricted on three sides of the building.” The company has not determined whether that would mean a Supercenter, but that could be an option, Rios said. “If we can find a site that can allow us to do that we believe our customers would support us…” he said, adding that there are no plans to close the Industry site. In recent months, the nationwide chain had considered anchoring a proposed 11.5-acre commercial retail project planned for La Puente, said City Manager Carol Cowley. Wal-Mart is considering relocating its existing Industry site or opening up a new one in a neighboring community, officials said. Though no concrete plans have been made, the big-box retailer has identified potential sites, Wal-Mart spokesman Aaron Rios said Wednesday. “We’d love to be able to expand in the area,” Rios said. “Whether that’s the city of Industry or in one of the neighboring areas, it is a good market – one that needs additional resources.” The Industry location – in the 17,000 block of Gale Avenue – is a popular store among consumers, raking in between $40 million to $60 million a year, Rios said. Those discussions have ended, officials said. “For a number of different reasons, we have other potential sites that have caused us to go another direction,” Rios said. “That does not mean we have totally abandoned something in La Puente. It’s just not something active on our list of analysis right now.” The news came as a relief to some small-business owners in the La Puente area, like Jack Ramirez, who said he struggles to find merchandise to sell that Wal-Mart does not carry. “You can buy two shirts at Wal-Mart for your kids before school when you can only buy one at mine,” he said of his business, L.A. Jack’s, which borders La Puente and Hacienda Heights. “But mine are better quality.” Nationwide, the construction of Wal-Mart stores are often met with debate from critics who say smaller mom-and-pop shops cannot compete and are often forced to close because of the chain’s dominating market power. The chain is also opposed by labor unions. In Rosemead, foes of a Supercenter that opened at Walnut Grove Avenue and Rush Street last year fought against the the store. The Supercenter’s construction sparked a recall against Councilmen Gary Taylor and Jay Imperial, who supported it. “It was controversial … And I don’t think the revenue \ projected has been met,” said Rosemead Mayor John Tran, who added that residents were most worried about the increased traffic. Other area cities such as Baldwin Park, Covina, Glendora and La Habra have Wal-Marts. Officials in Azusa, Diamond Bar, El Monte, Irwindale and Walnut – which do not have Wal-Marts – have not heard of any interest from the company. “We don’t have any letters of intent, and it’s probably due to the fact that we have one right next door to us in Covina,” said Azusa spokesman Martin Quiroz. In Walnut, even if Wal-Mart wanted to open up a store, it probably would not work because of space constraints, Councilman Tom King said. “We don’t have the room,” he said. “We’re built out.” [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2109160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!