Opponents of a planned Walmart in Burbank may get some political ammunition if Gov. Jerry Brown signs a bill that would require mega-retailers to submit studies gauging the impact of their stores on everything from traffic to local commerce.
The controversial bill on Gov. Jerry Brown's desk, SB 469, would require any store larger than 90,000 square feet that sells consumer goods and devotes more than 10% of its floor area to food and prescription drugs sales to pay for an economic impact report. The reports can be costly and take more than a year to complete.
Walmart representatives have said they will likely use all of the 120,000-square-foot building adjacent to the Empire Center, but they have not revealed what form it may take, so it's unclear if the economic report requirement would be triggered.