A Wal-Mart spokeswoman confirms the retailing giant has plans to build two grocery stores inside of existing, but empty stores in Lake Oswego and West Linn.

One store is the former Natures at 1711 Jean Way in Lake Oswego. The other is the former Bales Marketplace at 19133 Willamette Drive in West Linn.

We re really excited about it, Tiffany Moffatt said.

Moffatt said the company has not finalized plans for the stores and could offer no detail on what they will look like or when they will be opened. But she made it clear the plans are moving forward.

They need affordable grocery she said, referring to the neighborhoods.

Some shoppers in Lake Oswego welcome the Wal-Mart grocery stores.

The prices are pretty amazing on the groceries, Nancy Petre said. I think it s a great thing, said

Something I ve wanted in an area like this for awhile, Rebecca Liebo said.

But other shoppers in the same Safeway parking lot said they would boycott Walmart.

Stick with Safeway and Albertsons and what not, said John Larson. Jesse Randolph agreed. I am thoroughly against it, he said.

In West Linn, Brent Leonard said he welcomes the Wal-Mart grocery store. He s visited similar stores in Utah.

It s a small grocery store, he said. Local produce, they cater to the community, to the city, kinda the surrounding residents, said Leonard. We ve enjoyed visiting those and I d like to have something like that up here, he said.

Cheryl Keicher owns a hair salon next to the vacant store called Hairport . She admits, walk-in traffic slowed with the economy and the closing of the Bales store. She s excited to hear Walmart is moving in.

I m pretty pleased, she said. I think they re trying to change their reputation and it was a concern on how it would fit into this community, said Keicher. I hope people embrace it and give it a chance, she said.

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